By Claire Alongi,
The first few weeks of Trump’s presidential term have left America struggling to hold itself together. From numerous executive orders to volatile tweets, “President Trump” feels more like “Bully Trump” or “Dictator Trump.”
Of course he doesn’t care what I say, because I am a member of the media and therefore dishonest.
But you should care. You should care, looking at the graphic above that gives a literal alphabet of reasons why Trump is dangerous, unqualified and willing to do whatever it takes to keep his twisted views in place. This is your wake-up call as well as my own.
I am guilty of being complacent. For too long I wrote him off, and even when things began to look ugly I figured that my voice wouldn’t matter. What can I do? I thought. How do you fight against a man who has no shame for his actions, who touts lies as the truth and vise versa?
It feels like shouting into a void.
But it’s not really a void, though it may seem like it at first. Trump didn’t win the popular vote. Over half the people in this country were against this authoritarian with a bad toupee.
The Women’s March sparked protests on all seven continents. The world is against Trump.
So here is what we must do: fight back.
Protest. Donate to threatened organizations if you can. Call your representatives. Show compassion and be kind to those that deserve it. Stand up for those who are being persecuted. Write opinion editorials for your school’s newspaper. Even if you’re young, you can make a difference; every small act helps.
And even when it seems hopeless and you’ve been giving your all for so long, don’t stop. This is just the beginning, but we can end it. Together.
So shout, shout as loud as you can into that void and you will find not that you are alone, but that you are one of a chorus of voices.
Perhaps senator Elizabeth Warren said it best at the Women’s March on Washington:
“We can whimper. We can whine. Or we can fight back! We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: We are here! We will not be silent! We will not play dead! We will fight for what we believe in!”