I’ve arrived at my fiftieth year in life without having regularly marched for, or aligned myself with, any particular cause. Correspondingly, with this half-century milestone, I find my nescience towards life’s historical moments staring me square in the face.
I don’t want to know about war, I’m more interested in sporting grand finals than political or social issues, and I have chosen to elude significant Australian and worldwide happenings because it’s easier to talk about more light-hearted matters.
But how can anyone who’s not on a desert island bury their head right now?
Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America has awoken me. The realist is afraid. The optimist is intrigued.
The combination of Trump’s flamboyant past and his newly adorned status is perfect fodder for U.S. late night television. I, myself, enjoy comic strips, so I hope some clever cartoonist converts Trump’s shenanigans into funnies to help maintain some balance. Imagine the President in a superhero outfit…. Will his powers be used for good or evil?
One thing’s for certain, this will go one of two ways. Trump will either resoundingly succeed, or spectacularly fail. There are no shades of grey with dictators. Donald Trump is a power-hungry businessman who stops at nothing to win. His conviction in all matters is so strong, I wonder whether he is blind, deaf and dumb to the call of the people, or if he simply doesn’t care.
The new leader of the free world is unashamedly egocentric and has swiftly acted in carrying out his campaign promises, leaving no doubt as to his intentions. Meanwhile, the people are speaking up.
It was reported that more than one million women across the globe marched in protest at Trump’s Presidency and all that he stands for.
This morning’s news that a federal U.S. judge’s ruling to temporarily block Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim majority countries must feel like a triumph of sorts to the thousands and thousands who have protested at airports all around the world in opposition to Trump’s executive order.
Such is the rising of those wanting to speak out and march against Trump, websites are being created to announce and coordinate forthcoming protests.
This is a good thing. The world is becoming united through discussion. The ripple-effect of Trump’s executive orders means that people like me, who usually sit on the fence, are encouraged to speak up and state their opinion on social issues. More of us are jolted into action and those bordering outrage stand up and protest.
People on the whole tend to put up and shut up until they can put and shut no more. So many, too many, disagree with what Trump stands for, and now they stand and deliver their own message.
Personally, I wish him well. I have faith, that what ‘well’ looks like for Trump, is in the hands of a greater power.
Just like he is speaking up and doing his thing. So must we.
And I still say, give me love, give me peace on earth.