America is on the brink of disaster as Trump’s administration wreaks havoc with what has been ominously described as just the beginning.
In the space of a week we have seen women’s health attacked, the Joint Chiefs of Staff removed from almost all National Security Council meetings and replaced by a known alt-right supporter, anyone born in a list of 7 countries banned from entering the USA regardless of them being in receipt of a valid visa or green card, and now there is rumour Trump is to revoke the Endangered Species Act.
All this in less than a fortnight!
I feel like I’m living in a nightmare where I’m watching the worst reality TV show ever made, playing the most morally reprehensible games with the participants. Where the phrase “Alternative Facts” has become a replacement for lies and deception.
And I am getting scared.
As a bystander to what is happening across the Pond, I cannot understand why anyone would still be in support of Trump. Do they not see the parallels between now and Germany in the 1930s? A country built on mass immigration surely cannot have so many millions of citizens blind to what is going on?
I’m supposed to be spending a milestone birthday in NYC next year, as I’m a July 4th baby. Since I was at least 4 it’s been my dream to spend my day in the country that celebrates its own birth on the same date. A country I always thought was the epitome of friendship, dreams, opportunity and freedom. Today I question whether this is just a little girl’s fantasy, and if the reality is I will not be celebrating something special in a place that is lives up to my expectation.
I’ve been to New York before, so I know it is a wonderful city with warm, funny people. But am I putting too much expectation on this gateway for immigrants and refugees starting a new life filled with hope? Is this new administration killing my own dream, or am I the one destroying it by allowing one mad man’s decisions to dictate the course of my life?
So I am sat here torn. Do I continue planning my birthday celebrations to coincide with those of the USA? Or do I say no, it’s your day so spend it in a place where you won’t feel like you are making a political statement.
Afterall, isn’t a birthday supposed to be fun?
I guess it will come down to a toss of a coin. Because right now my head and my heart are in conflict, and I don’t know how to solve the issue.