I never rooted for you, and I never will.
But once you were on the verge of getting elected, I found myself saying, “He cannot be THAT bad…”
Oh boy, how wrong was I.
I am a Muslim and a Humanitarian. Yes, it can go hand in hand. And that is one of the reasons why I believed that you cannot be ‘that‘ bad. Come on, you are only human! I waited to see what you have got, as requested by your beautiful daughter Ivanka, despite knowing that you have done everything you could to prove that you are unfit to be president.
It has been a week since you were sworn in, and you have let millions of people down already. People who voted for you, to begin with. People who thought, against all odds, that you will turn out ‘okay.’ People who somehow decided to give you a chance even when you managed to convince them that you are a grave mistake. People who defended you every once in a while, while others freaked out about you becoming the president of The US. People who did not give a rat’s ass about your ridiculous hair, overloaded bronzer, monstrous tie, baggy suit, uneven shirt cuffs and wrinkled pants.
Even though I am not a citizen of your precious United States, I am deeply saddened, offended and dismayed by your ridiculous policies. It was an unfortunate week for politics and decency, which have always been on frigid terms, but are now dead to each other.
On your first day in the Oval Office, you, surrounded by men, signed a ban on federal money going to international groups that perform or provide information on abortions. Amusing, how you and your white + male cabinet consider yourselves fit to make decisions about what women could do with their bodies. Having mentioned that you support an abortion ban at home, signing this order as one of your first executive actions indicates you still see the issue as a priority. Do you not know that reinstating the anti-abortion global ‘gag rule’ will increase the number of unsafe abortions around the world?
Secondly, your policy regarding immigration and immigrants, which would block refugee admissions, uproot the lives of thousands of US green card holders and amp up detentions and deportations of unauthorised immigrants. Do you not know that your wife is an immigrant too?
What caused the latest uproar was that you signed an executive order on Friday to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries. You are targeting people based on their faith and national origin, and not on their character or their criminality! How many Muslims from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen have been welcomed into the US in the past? How many of them have established homes, families and careers in the US? How many of them have positively contributed to the betterment of your country, while paying taxes? How many of them consider the US as their home? Just think of all the families who will feel like second-class citizens how. How many people have been been hauled off flights as a result of your decision? How many film directors and actors are unable to attend the Oscars in the wake of your orders? How many students are unable to go back to their studies? Did you not see the chaos and confusion at airports in the US on Saturday, as customs officials sought to implement the order? Alas, you are too wrapped up in your egocentric, diffident, inhumane and dull-witted bubble to be bothered by any of it.
Thanks to a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, issued an emergency stay on Saturday that temporarily blocks the US government from sending people out of the country after they have landed at a US airport with valid visas. But does ’emergency’ and ‘temporary’ make the cut?
Did you not see how attorneys set up a shop at the O’Hare McDonald’s as they worked to get the people held out? Did you not see volunteer lawyers sitting on the ground, working pro-bono on a Saturday, preparing habeas corpus petitions for detainees at JFK? Did you not see how the JFK airport got roiled by protestors? It was the biggest crowd at JFK since the Beatles landed in 1964! Do you not see how the taxi drivers of New York went on a strike over your Muslim Flight Ban? Amidst the ache, it was delightful to see that ‘your’ citizens from all around the US have got my fellow Muslims’ back. And while you are banning Muslims from entering the US, everyone’s heartthrob (ie; Prime Minister Trudeau) is welcoming them in Canada.
Moreover, let’s not forget that you green-lit the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines, scrapped a money-saving fee cut for new homeowners, froze federal hires, began plans to build the stupid wall and other nods to your base of anti-immigrant hysterics, targeted sanctuary cities, started dismantling the Affordable Care Act, put gag orders on multiple government agencies and removed vital internet content, demanded half-assed environmental reviews so development can proceed (consequences be damned) and many, many, many more despicable things.
I am a Muslim and I love America. I love everything it stands for. I too, want to Make America Great Again, and I cannot believe that YOU happened instead.
Rest assured, humanity will fight back. It is not going to sit around helplessly, while you parade your smug “I-told-you-so” smirk and pout. Muslims and Christians, Jews and Buddhists, Atheists and people of all faiths will co-exist in order to fight the religious oppression you have brought. People with complexions ranging from the darkest browns to the lightest hues will unite to do everything within their power to stop you from practicing open racism. The high income earners and the low income earners would work hand in hand to stop you from sabotaging the economy of the world, as every mindless decision you make will eventually impact the rest of the world. People who are born in the right and wrong bodies will unite to stop you from discriminating humans based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The married and unmarried, parents and parents-to-be, will do everything they possible could to ensure that a decent future is secured for their young ones. When it comes to humanity as a whole, there would not be any classifications, you will see…
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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
“Love alone can unite living beings so as to complete and fulfil them, for it alone joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of Men and the Earth.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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