I am writing about May in Washington. Not the month. It is about the rise of Fascism in the USA that I want to dip my toe in to tonight – not a subject for the faint of heart, but this is my blog; the opinion of a thirty-something living in the north of England. Do I have a right to comment on the situation in the States? Yes. I believe I do due to my country’s ‘Special Relationship’ with the States. We have a special diplomatic relationship with the USA. The avenue I want to explore about the rise of bigotry in the USA is our Prime Minister’s visit Stateside.
- an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy, absolute rule, Nazism, rightism, militarism; More
- (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practices.“this is yet another example of health fascism in action”
Our Prime Minister, May, was recently over there offering 2017’s version of Nazi appeasement to a man that is not qualified to lead the free world. Trump is making the USA the most hated country in the world again due to his misogyny, vulgarity, rudeness, xenophobia, racism, bull-headedness, patronising attitude, small hands and orange face. But that cheapens the debate – I am not here to lower myself to Trump’s level and start throwing around bad names: I am here to call on my Prime Minister (the lady who should represent me) to actually represent the will of the British people.
Not once was the issue of the passing of legislation that made Muslim residents in to second class citizens brought up when she was over there. Not once was the wall brought up whilst she was over there. Not once was the issue of the repeal of funding for abortions raised. (I will bite my tongue about her visit to Turkey.)
There were millions of women marching from all over the world in protest at Trumps inauguration. The Chief Cheeto treats women as bad as he treats my Muslim friends – so, “hell hath no fury like a women scorned …” they knitted hats and they marched in every corner of the world, protesting that a man like Trump could get in to office. There was even a march in Antarctica. Then there was this picture (see right).
But more recently, Green card and visa holders were being blocked from boarding US-bound flights within hours of Donald Trump issuing an executive order limiting immigration from several Muslim countries, according to reports.
US airports were also said to have ordered some passengers who had managed to board flights to return to their point of origin, according to the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
ADC’s policy director Abed Ayoub warned visas were being denied with immediate effect and the ban would also apply to green card holders attempting to return to the US overnight. Why did May not have a word with him?
Whilst she was over there, Trump was extended the invite of a State visit to this green and pleasant land. It is time to take the fight to him directly and make our feelings known to him as soon as he sets foot on British soil and until he scampers back to Washington. Yes, the bile is biting the back of my throat and I realise I may have notched up a few trigger words in the US Security sweep of the web, but, I really am concerned by the rhetoric from Capitol Hill at the moment. I fear that 2016 (with the election of Trump & Brexit) will become one of those “I wonder what I would have done in that time” questions in a time far away. My answer would be that I protested within my means.
But, is protesting within your means enough? The trending FB topic is #PunchANazi. I think I would.
- I thought George W. Bush was bad.
- Why is our Government not doing anything to counter Trump?
May in Washington, in 2017, was very, very gloomy.