Do we really believe that the recently elected President of the USA is akin to Hitler? Do we believe he must be opposed at every step?
It is the right of a nation to secure their borders. It is the right of a nation to determine who can live there so long as it in keeping with the letter and spirit of International Law including the Geneva Convention. It is the right of a country to decide how to spend their money for the benefit of the people. It is the right of a nation to cease positively collaborating with other first world nations.
There are worrying events happening. People with vile world views are being promoted to positions of power when they really ought to be on shock radio in some backwater town, and they are replacing experienced and calm leaders who are experts in their field. Nominees for Education cannot tweet in a grammatically correct format and do not know the difference between Federal Law and the responsibility of the individual State, while also not regarding the access to education for disabled children to be a matter worth understanding ahead of taking on the role. Daughters who run multi-million dollar empires in their own name are required to become housewives and give up their autonomy so that Daddy can do his thing and hire their inexperienced husband but the sons are not required to give up their business interests. Bans on people from places that follow a particular religion are restricted from entering America. The adoption of the new policy is shambolic and designed to fill people with anxiety and dread.
But, this is the man who was lawfully elected. There was a peaceful transition of power.
Many millions of people decided to disregard his tax evasion and avoidance, his complete disregard of demonstrating that his business and that of his friends are not the primary focus in decision making, people chose to ignore the grotesque comments about women, they chose to ignore his philandering and his giggling about inappropriate loitering around the changing rooms at beauty pageants he bought even though some of the contestants were naked and barely over 16 years old, they chose to ignore his history of aggression toward his former wife, they chose to ignore that he frequently defaulted on paying contractors for work done, they disregarded that it is immensely difficult to have him speak without a falsehood contained therein and that he has no concept of waiting his turn to speak.
He was elected on promises that he is now keeping. Closing borders, building very expensive walls, attempting to undermine the press reporting of his actions, opening pipelines across land which is geologically fragile and important to the indigenous population, dismantling hard won equality legislation, restricting access to any healthcare for millions with nothing yet to put in its place, restricting access to female healthcare even though Federal Dollars have not been allocated toward abortions since the 1970’s.
Actions apparently based on a Moral Code are more akin to the dismemberment of the Separation of Church and State.
Millions of people agreed with his ideas and policies enough to cast their ballot for him.
So, in keeping people distracted on matters which are still important, people are being deflected from paying attention to his lack of experience and lack of understanding regarding being accountable to any kind of law. Perhaps this is the first time that the President is being held accountable to the law by people more determined and talented than him.
What does opposition to his published agenda and visible action achieve?
It causes the President to become flustered and angry. It causes him to pay attention whether he wants to or not on how many people are willing to show up and say not in my name. He would never be able to legitimately claim in all honesty that he ever thought his decisions were in harmony with the mind of all the American people.
Millions voted for him, few are expressing their unwavering support for his ideas, policies and actions. Few are saying “I believe in this too”. Perhaps they need to make themselves heard.
Civil disobedience has been a tool of the people for decades. In the 1960’s it brought about desegregation in the USA, in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the UK people campaigned for equal rights and safety in the workplace even at the expense of profit margins, in the 1980’s in the UK it brought about changes to the law regarding taxation. It does bring about positive change.
The current expressions of opposition to a lawfully elected President will likely protect hard won and hard fought rights that people already have. This is a first. For people to actively join with other groups to protect what they or another group have rather than fight for what they don’t. Agitating against the reversal of rights and privileges rather than trying to secure them in the first place.
People chose this President. Should we be surprised at his choices? Even if we don’t like the choices, should he be allowed to make them?