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Donald Trump inauguration: 5 things we can all do

Donald Trump inauguration: 5 things we can all do

Hey everyone, hope all is well. This past week I have researched and outlined
so many potential video ideas, but with something quite important coming over the horizon, it
felt only right that I put these pieces aside and spoke about Trump’s inauguration instead. The US President is seen by many as leader
of the free world. Therefore the choice of the American people
is not just their concern, but one to all global citizens. Whether you voted for him or not, he is the
President; A President who campaigned on the promise that he would make a positive difference
to the lives of so many ordinary Americans. Not just the rich elite or the political establishment. And so with people coming at this from so
many different perspectives, I have identified 5 things I believe we can all focus on for
the next four years. Number 1: Engage. There are so many people who feel depressed
and disillusioned by the current political landscape. They want to look away, but this is not an
option, or at least not one that achieves anything constructive. Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral
in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of
a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Facing ugly realities can be uncomfortable. I’ve always believed though that the truth
sometimes hurts, but I like to regard that as growing pains. If you do nothing, nothing will happen, besides
potentially helping create a vacuum for others to fill who may not have your best interests
at heart. So engage with the issues at hand. You may think, “What can I do?” Well this brings us to point number 2. Number 2: Support. Look up charities & organisations whose values
you share, and reach out. For example the ACLU for civil liberties,
Planned Parenthood for women’s rights, The Natural Resources Defense Council for the
environment, The Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ rights, The National Immigration Law
Center for the rights of immigrants, or perhaps an independent media organisation? Or a political party or a movement? If you are unable to donate money, then why
not donate some of your time instead? Only got $1 or 5 minutes to spare? Then understand that a small contribution
can lead to a big difference, when you consider that hundreds of thousands of people may be
in the same situation that you are in. There is strength in numbers. If you are unable to get out and attend rallies
or an organisation’s event, watch live streams online, sign up to the relevant websites,
or even just have conversations with family, friends, neighbours or strangers about the
things that you believe in, which brings us to point number 3. Number 3: Stick to the issues. So much time & energy gets wasted on throwing
around labels in an attempt to pigeon hole ‘opponents’ in political discourse. I can’t stand it, which is why I try my
very best not to engage in such. Inject ideas and not labels into the conversation,
because it signals an intent to make progress with those you are speaking to, and not to
just defend a position. Leftists, right-wingers, SJWs, bigots – whatever
label – means different things to different people. It also allows the most extreme behaviour
carried out by individuals of said label to characterise everyone else, generating drama
that is not truly reflective of the reality. I’ve actually got a big video coming out
soon about labels, but for now i’ll just say this: Try and have a conversation without
using labels. Give it a go. It may require taking a little extra time
to make your point, but you may have more success in the long run. Ultimately labels can be a method for venting
frustration, but it’s the ideas themselves that can achieve positive change. Number 4: Intellectual honesty. We need to break free from this traditional
view that in order to make progress, you can’t concede anything to those you oppose. The past 8 years, I have been shunned or looked
down upon by some Obama supporters for criticising things like the taking of corporate money,
the expansion of the surveillance state, going after whistleblowers or the assassination
program. Now if these same people start criticising
Trump for the issues I just mentioned, this reveals a classic example of intellectual
dishonesty. We need to outgrow this culture, because partisan
politics often stifles honest conversations. Let’s say you voted for Donald Trump and
he puts forward a policy that you don’t agree with. You have every right to oppose it. At the same time if you don’t support him
and he proposes a policy that you do agree with, then don’t cut off your nose to spite
your face. This attitude should also take place in everyday
life with your fellow citizens. If you see someone being attacked or abused
in public then do what you can to stop it or at the very least speak out, no matter
what the political background may be of the perpetrator or the victim. Intellectual honesty can pave the way for
moral consistency. Number 5 : Accountability. Technology is a beautiful thing,
decentralizing information and the means by which we can act on it. So utilize the internet to learn about the
politicians who are supposed to represent you and your communities. This is about more than just Donald Trump. Here’s a few websites to check out:
lets you see the voting records of Senators & Congressmen. will tell you the
contact details of your elected officials. And shows you who is giving
and taking money in the political system. If a policy or vote comes up that bothers
you, phone them or send an email. Attend a town hall or a community meeting. This all helps build a culture of accountability
across the political system, and gives elected officials an opportunity to better reflect
the wishes of their constituents. Money may be able to buy
advertising space & influence, but it is no match to a public that is
informed & engaged. So with all that said, stay engaged, support
others, stick to the issues, have intellectual honesty and keep those in power to account. Please comment with your thoughts, click that
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  • The thing I find most important right now is trying to connect with people on a level that they can appreciate. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, right?

    Instead of just calling someone stupid because I disagree with them, I can attempt to calmly and rationally explain my point of view in such a way that they might be able to appreciate what I'm saying.

    I know far too many people who refuse to do this, and I often find myself being a bit too judgmental. I may have every reason to overreact to what is happening right now, but that doesn't mean I have to give in to my anxiety and allow it to influence the manner in which I argue my points.

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