How to make Trump scared.

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.

united we will scare Trump

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.

An Open Letter to my generation.

To my generation,

Our generation has never been as engaged with voting in the way older generations have. Which is sad because it means politicians target policies at older people and ignore us because they think we are too lazy/uninterested/busy having sex and taking drugs to go out and vote. While it shouldn’t be our responsibility to fix the fact that we are often alienated by politicians, it has now become infinitely important for us to fix this ourselves.

look how happy and hopeful we are. aw.

Hope causes change: What I love about us is that we are optimistic and hopeful and more tolerant than other generations. We aren’t cynical yet. We still (just about) believe that we can be the next Steve Jobs or the next Scarlett Johansson or the next PM and I don’t think we understand how powerful this is. Optimism and a hope for a better future is what causes this to happen. We have this. We are an optimistic generation. Cynicism or pessimism breed thoughts such as “ah well, there’s nothing we can do to fix it” or “it won’t make a difference” but optimism encourages the complete opposite. We believe we can change the world so we do.

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do” maybe Steve Jobs?

The more we positively impact politics, the more politics will positively impact us: It shouldn’t work this way  but it does. It’s become so common for politicians to be focused more on their careers than on their constituents and very often they will target policies to those who are more likely to vote.

CASE STUDY: The General Election 2015

As you can see almost 80% of people aged 65 and over voted in the last general election compared to only 43% of 18-24 year olds. Compare that to this table which broadly outlines the policies that would primarily impact those age demographics.

Sources used: The Telegraph: Conservatives will protect pensioner benefits and BBC Policy Guide 2015

It’s not surprising that the majority of parties have more policies (and positive policies) directed towards the pensioners because they are more likely to vote. Therefore, political parties gear policies to persuade them to vote for their party as it seems crucial to gain the support of the older generation in order to win.

Therefore, if our generation could be depended on to go out and vote in an election, we would be more likely to have positive policies aimed at us in order to entice us. I totally understand many of us may argue this shouldn’t be how politics should work and I agree but it’s one way we can begin to get our voices heard.

Which leads me on to…

my friends and I after voting in the EU Referendum

We have a powerful, united voice: I saw this so clearly during Brexit. Our generation completely united behind the remain campaign regardless of many other differences. For the first time in my life I saw us engaged and debating. My social media was filled with the voices of my friends, many of whom I would never have expected to join the debate. It was amazing to see and in the bleak days after the referendum result it was the one positive I found myself being drawn back to. During campaigns that tried to divide us, our generation stood together and we proved what we can do.

We must now utilise that strength, engagement and unity and build on what have begun to achieve. We shouldn’t be forgotten because of our age and we certainly shouldn’t be underestimated. We are as important as any other voter. We are them.