The world is wondering what's going on with America. Well, let me just spell it out for everyone: A dictator got elected. Okay? There's no way to say it nicely or dress it in a tuxedo and call it something it isn't. The supporters of Trump (and I will not honor him by calling him President Trump) will tell you that these executive orders he's passing are all legal. Yes and no. Yes, he can pass them. But the only reason he is doing so is to bypass the Congress and Senate that he knows full well won't pass this insanity into law. Not to mention one federal court has already blocked his travel ban. But a bigger question must be asked: Where is the moral compass?
The United States has long been falling into the morass of dictatorship by investing the office of the president with more and more power. Once upon a time in America, military force could not be used without Congress voting to do so. Now, the president can make war on whoever he wishes with his "say so". As a result, several nations have suffered at the hands of the United States military. This has not made a safer planet, it has led up to a more dangerous one where the use of military force is no longer pondered long and hard. It is leapt into without a thought as to the long-term effects of such actions. Look at Syria.
We now see that there is, in fact, no moral basis upon which the United States presidency rests. One can say, "He was elected!" But the bigger question is this: Do we not need better qualifications to run for president to begin with? Perhaps background checks and mental health assessments, for example? If you're going to entrust roughly 2,600 nuclear weapons to the control of one man, I think it is in the interests of the entire planet to make sure that man is sane. Now, we hear Trump saying we need to properly "vet" immigrants. However, he is asking for something he himself did not submit to. Where was the "vetting" of people running for president in the United States? There is more vetting of school teachers than presidential candidates in America.
This is only the first few days of Trump. Heaven only knows what's in store for us. But one thing we shall see is if America's much-vaunted "checks and balances" actually exist. We shall see if the Congress and Senate have the courage to do more than talk but begin the impeachment process to remove this man from office the moment it becomes possible to do so. Which, I would wager, will not be long. The man has no impulse control, obviously, and that's one more reason this man cannot be trusted. In the meantime, it is up to the judicial branches to block these executive orders wherever and whenever possible.
The American people need to speak up and speak often. This man did not win the popular vote. It is up to the people to demand their Congressional representatives and Senators stand up to this bully. To wit, they need to prove to the world that our system works. Because if it doesn't, which is what the world is really seeing, then why does the United States try to force it on other countries? My gosh, the United States sits and whines about Assad over in Syria and calls him a dictator without a legitimate rule, and here sits America with its own Assad named Trump. And Trump hasn't won the popular vote, so how is Trump legitimate? America simply hasn't got any moral authority to tell the rest of the world how to run their governments until it cleans up its own over here. To wit, America: Shut up and clean up your own house, for once.
America is in large part responsible for the wars and messes in the Middle East. Not only does it want to act like it's not responsible, it now doesn't want people fleeing the violence it created coming here to escape it. It does not trust them, but it trusts Trump? Tell me that's not oddly comical. Some family who wants a better life, no, we can't trust them. But a very unstable man in control of 2,600 nuclear weapons? Oh, sure, he can be trusted! Not that a majority of Americans trust him, to begin with. A majority of Americans are scared of the man, and many are afraid to speak out. I've never seen anything like this before in the United States and I'm 50.
To the world, I say, I'm sorry. A majority of us here don't like this man. We didn't vote for him. The Democrats can shoulder some blame, too, because they should have picked a better candidate. They should have done what was right, not what was politics. Be that as it may, we can only hope Trump will get caught lying to Congress. Then he will be impeached, Insha'Allah.
Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.