Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ban Donald Trump from the UK and St. Petersburg Florida

Like many around the world, I’m stirred by people fighting for what’s meaningful for them. When a country is engaged in a battle to preserve all that is good, as America is now, it’s usually pretty moving. But when that battle is against transparent inanity it’s more depressing than anything else.

The subject for the day is Donald Trump, aka DT, which I think is by far the best name for him. Punch drunk on his own bloated ego. All the media coverage of him has been enough to drive anybody nuts.

But look at it this way; his popularity soared but so did the revulsion. I have to remind myself that not getting exposed to the revulsion as frequently as the popularity skews your perception of what’s actually happening overall. So this NYT article was a relief to read, with its comments from sane Americans and foreigners. I’m glad the latter don’t see Trump as representative of America. He's everything that the world loathed about the US before President Obama, thanks to whom foreigners see America in a different light now. Well, some do. It's a start.

Any of the Republican candidates will destroy that fragile momentum but Trump would do it the most effectively, as he would the economic and social momentum that are the result of Obama’s leadership.

He would destroy America in every conceivable way and contribute substantially to decimating the whole world. ‘World peace’ would be a phrase devoid of meaning. Fortunately Trump is already losing ground. And he’s made sure that the beady eye of the world’s media will be on him as it happens! There will be rejoicing in my house when he goes down, that’s for sure.

People are definitely becoming more vocal in their disgust. Rick Kriseman, Democrat Mayor of St. Petersburg in Florida, has this pinned to his Twitter page

On a more serious and potentially impactful note, a petition has been started in England to ban Trump from entering the UK because of his hate speech. 10,000 signatures are needed for the government to consider the petition and 100,000 for it to get Parliament’s attention. At 08:30 GMT today about 42,252 had added their names. In three and a half hours In two hours that figure was over 100,000 and increasing at a rate of about 280 per minute. By the end of the day the rate was 400 a minute and total number of signatures was over 370,000. That's a lot of revulsion and a lot of people willing to do something about it.  

The petition, started by Suzanne Kelly from Scotland who is very vocal in her condemnation of this American bigot, states:
The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK. 
If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the 'unacceptable behaviour' criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.
Click here to sign the petition if you're a UK citizen or resident, and/or to share.

In 2013 Pamela Geller was barred from entering the UK because of her anti-Islam activism and this year the rapper Tyler the Creator was banned for his violent lyrics and had to cancel four concerts. So the petition to block Trump could succeed. With the UK being such a big US ally it would put the Republican Party in an embarrassing spot. And what would Trump do? Behave like Robert Mugabe and rail against colonial powers, perhaps.

Or he could buy an island somewhere and offer all his bigoted adulants a free ticket and a job—building a wall to keep out Mexicans and Muslims. He could take Fox News with him. America would be so much better without them all.

Seriously, my bet is that DT will find a [transparently dumb] justification for giving up his candidacy. Then TC, BC, J!B et al can have their moment in the sun. Great Gods. 

Update: The UK petition has 376,076 signatures, with people still adding theirs. SkyNews, BBC World News and CNN are all giving coverage. Robert Gordon  University in Scotland, which gave Trump an honorary degree, has stripped him of it. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has withdrawn Trumps's status as Business Ambassador to Scotland.