Thoughts On Saturday - Gina Miller and Trump
I watched Question Time this week for the first time in ages. I smiled when David Dimbleby said that a viewer had asked for the questions to be anything other than Brexit or Trump. A woman after my own heart. I had stopped watching it as I was totally fed up with everything being about Brexit. Don't get me wrong, if there was any real news then that would be OK but just the same old points being made again and again in the same old way.
I'll put my cards on the table. I voted remain. I am not a remoaner though. I believe in democracy, even when everyone votes against me. The votes have been cast, lets just get on with it. I also do not believe that all those who voted to leave are stupid and racist. It is an insult to those who voted to even suggest it. They had their reasons and I had mine.
Medler or saviour? I think she did all of us who believe in democracy and the rule of law a huge service. Ignore those who say it was to delay Brexit. That was never the point. Gina Miller never went to court to stop Brexit, only a fool would try to do that. She went to court to protect our rights. Ministers cannot just decide to make changes on laws without the backing of Parliament. King Charles I tried that and it didn't end well for him. Even if the result is a foregone conclusion ministers must act within the law. This time it was a change that people had voted for through a referendum, the problem was that the referendum was not legally binding, it was a consultation.
Imagine if it was something else. Something that took away your rights to vote or to own property? Maybe ministers just change the law that states we have General Elections and that the incumbent Prime Minister can stay as long as they want. Then we would all welcome the laws that are in place to stop one dictator from changing the very roots of our freedoms.
"the Brexit judgment isn’t a victory for me, but for our constitution" Gina Miller
I do not want to write about Trump but how can I ignore what is going on across the Atlantic? I have tried to listen to him with an open mind but I have failed. He scares me.
I understand the principle of putting America First, that's what Britain is planning with Brexit. I understand that some of his executive decisions are those that have been done by previous Presidents on their first days in office too. George W Bush withdrew the funding for charities that supported abortions and Obama over ruled it. Trump has done what any Republican President would have done.
What scares me is his views and his opinion of himself. He thinks that he is a great president and second only to Abraham Lincoln. He called the crowd who attended his inauguration a "sea of love". He is more worried about the numbers at his inauguration than the numbers of Americans that will suffer or die due to removing the funding for Medicare. He stated that he didn't win the popular vote due to fraudulent votes but that not ONE of those voted for him, implying that Hillary Clinton had 3 million fraudulent votes.
He said ISIS is barbaric and medieval but wants to bring back torture. He says Mexico will pay for The Wall and that it will be funded by an import tax of 20% on all products from Mexico, sadly it is Americans that buy the imports and so it will be Americans that pay for the wall.
He has declared that global warming is a lie made up by China to damage US trade, and in light of this has banned the Environment Protection Agency from releasing statements or press releases.
In the name of preventing terrorists entering America he is putting in place stricter visa requirements for seven countries, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. According to the 9/11 memorial museum website the terrorist that were responsible for 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Lebanon. None of these countries are on his list. The cynic in me thinks that maybe his businesses in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt may have some influence on his choice.
In 2015 Barak Obama asked news organisations to;
"tally up the number of Americans who've been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who've been killed by gun violence..."
The news organisations did just that, although none seemed to come to exactly the same figures, all agreed that you are much more likely to be killed by a gun, than by a terrorist. According to Vox Americans are more likely to be killed by their own clothes (or another rare event) than by an immigrant terrorist.
I hope the American people feel safer knowing that Trump is putting Americans First.