I have never felt my voice mattered much in the grand scheme of things. Today I feel very strongly that I must speak up for what I believe.
I believe the policies of @realDonaldTrump, @TheresaMayPM and aspiring leaders such as @geertwilders (PVV), @MLP_officiel (Front Nationale) and @FraukePetry (AfD) are fuelling our insecurity and economic uncertainty and do not provide a solution.
I have no political representation in any of the above countries, but the impact of the actions taken by their leaders have a very direct impact on my family, for me personally, financially and in business.
My freedom of movement is being curbed by Brexit and by renewed passport controls inside the Schengen zone. Across the Atlantic, Trump’s executive order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” and the Mexican border wall are restricting free movement of countless individuals.
Barriers are being erected to cross border trade by Brexit and Donald Trump’s tax, visa and border policies.
Discrimination against Muslims by @realDonaldTrump, in Britain after the Brexit vote, by AfD, the PVV and other right wing parties in Europe are fuelling Muslim radicalisation and would-be terrorists.
Popular opinion with regards to Donald Trump was to wait and see and judge him by his actions, not his words. Personally I have seen enough action to solidify my opinion now.
If you think the same way, now is the time to speak up and make your voice heard, however you can. Vote wisely, petition your local politicians, donate to @UNHCR or other organisations dedicated to helping those affected. Vote with your feet, vote with your wallet, make your voice heard on social media.
It is my duty, and the duty of all like-minded liberals, to speak up and demonstrate that the problems of the Western world are best solved through diplomacy, openness, freedom and co-operation. We must argue and demonstrate that protectionism and nationalism are dangerous and will not solve the problems that right wing politicians claim they will. We need not look very far back in history to see some terrible examples of what might happen if we don’t.
Picture taken yesterday at Gare @LyonPartDieu (a train station in south west France). These guys did not make me feel safe. They terrified me.