Donald Trump is President. Be angry. Be shocked. But become mobilised.
I am not about to say that fear is the greatest weapon in politics or even the most dangerous. Politics of fear is something we have seen utilised over many political campaigns recently including Brexit and the US Presidential Election.
Donald Trump used fear to pry on vulnerable people in society who feel alienated from liberalism and the political establishment. Hillary Clinton represents both of those things. Trump became a voice for people who in recent years have not been the focus of politics. White people, low income workers, men- as politics begins to focus on the equality of minorities, the already established demographics become alienated and want someone to give them back the focus. Trump did that, and what’s more Trump shifted the blame of these peoples problems on to the demographics who have been gaining political attention: immigrants, racial minorities, religions. Trump scared these people into blaming others, turning on their neighbours, and voting for him.
Now it’s time to scare Trump. This is how.
The most powerful weapon in politics is hope. Optimism is what causes change, pessimism causes moans of “well there’s nothing I can do, it will always be like this”. Trump wants to divide people, turn them against each other, creating a fractured society where people have to rely on him. However, at this difficult time if we fight against this, unite with Republicans, unite with Democrats, unite with all races, religions, sexualities, genders; if we unite in hope we can overcome hate.
Trump is expecting to rule over a divided world. If we show him we are united, we are hopeful for our futures and our children’s futures, we will not let someone turn us against each other, we can cause real change irrespective of political division.
While this may sound good in theory I expect some people may want an action plan, here are some ideas:
1. Community outreach: whether it’s creating a youth group, opening a soup kitchen, or just holding a street party, get to know your community and realise we aren’t so different.
2. Political protest: while I believe we must now respect Trump’s presidency, I do not believe we must respect all of his proposals. If he is preaching hate, protest with love.
3. Analyse your values: how do you teach your children to behave? Sharing, kindness, compassion are all universal things we teach our children. Remember that when dealing with others.
4. Research: in many elections and referendums statistics get thrown around ridiculously. Research them, find out the truth.
5. Don’t be scared: Be optimistic.
Simply, stay optimistic, believe in change and know that there are more good people in the world than bad. Scare Trump into working for us.