Overwhelming. That’s the only word I can think of to summarize the amount of information I’ve seen and heard about the administration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind six weeks. Already, Trump has redefined the vision of America and its place in the world, at least when compared to President Obama.
There’s a million different ways to look at this vision, one which declares “AMERICA FIRST” while simultaneously attempting to discredit any opposition. The true summary of this vision is simple: it displays a shocking lack of compassion and care for others that could lead this nation down a dark and dangerous path.
I can’t say that I was honestly surprised by anything Trump did during the first few weeks after his inauguration. Despite his previous criticism of executive orders under Obama, he wasted no time rolling out dozens of actions, memoranda and proclamations.
Chief and most controversial of all was undoubtedly the travel ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, which is currently in limbo after being halted by a federal court.
As Rudy Giuliani admitted, this ban was done not just to keep radical terrorists out of America, but also to keep Muslims in general out. Not only is this a clear violation of the separation of church and state, it also violates America’s strong tradition of taking in immigrants from around the world.
Look, I get it: there are dangerous people out there who pose a threat to our country’s safety. However, the vast majority of immigrants from these nations are hardworking individuals or refugees looking to create a better life for themselves and their families.
In the past, America has been welcoming of citizens of other nations who want to improve America and further enrich our society.
We have not used fear as an excuse to shy away from helping those less fortunate than us. It is only by luck that any of us were born here, instead of waking up to death and destruction around us every day.
Trump’s vision for America is also concerning in its deep lack of respect for the rest of the world. Chief among this issue is the total lack of addressing the huge issue of global climate change which will disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable.
Instead, Trump has signed off on multiple new oil pipelines and the elimination of regulations designed to limit pollution of our water and air. While this may indeed spur modest job creation in the short run, it shows a shocking ignorance for caring for this world and those that inhabit it.
Of course, this doesn’t touch on nearly everything that Trump has done since taking office. Countless other issues only serve to reinforce his administration’s lack of compassion for people, such as a lack of clarity about what to do about healthcare for 20 million people, increasing the defense budget at the expense of aid to poor nations, and calling good, hardworking journalists “fake news” and the “opposition party.”
This shift in tone from past administrations is disheartening to say the least, and we must work on a grassroots level to change the direction of this country away from the dark path it is headed.