#Haravointi

or #RakeAmericaGreatAgain meme on Twitter after Donald Trump’s misguided comments on forest management in Finland had me laughing on my way home from work this evening… I literally laughed out loud at some of these (people were looking at me oddly), so I just had to share some of these here as well…

I don’t know how to say it any nicer: the US president is such an idiot… To
quote Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice:


For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

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My fave protest signs in London

Estimates range from tens of thousands to 250.000 protesters in London, protesting Trump visiting the UK yesterday. Just leaving images of some of my fave humourous protest signs here, without any further comment.

Here’s the Trump Baby in action…

Baby Protest19

Look at how the handlers of the balloon call themselves!

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Animal-themed signs (click on images to enlarge)…

Body bits talk…

British curses…

British understatement…

Some people had to overcome themselves to protest…

Crowd size was addressed…

Some criticism got a little personal…

Some tried to stay polite, but found it difficult…

Polite Protest07

A Monty Python inspired sign…

Python Protest

US presidential voting highlighted…

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There were protests with music references…

Protests with movie references…

Some suggestions for Mr Trump…

General dispair because of all the reasons to protest…

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Yes, I think this really does say something about how ‘popular’ this US president is.

American Idiot coming to the UK

So, Trump is coming to the UK and the British are deploying their sense of humour to protest him. First, there’s the big baby Trump balloon that will fly over London…

There is little chance Trump will actually see it because he is avoiding London during his visit, but the man is aware of this, it’s been all over the news, so in my eyes the protest has already succeeded. I read today that there is a petition to also fly the baby balloon near the golf course in Scotland that Trump will be visiting. Ah yes, peaceful protests such as these really make me happy!

What I also love is that there is a campaign going to make the Green Day song “American Idiot” (originally about George W. Bush) number 1 in the UK during the Trump visit.

The song is already climbing the charts, so it’s already working. I don’t know if the song will make it to number one, but just all this talk about it and the surrounding enthusiasm, makes me happy.

Yesterday Richard Armitage tweeted a little protest himself, protesting a US Embassy statement telling Americans to watch out for the British…

RA Twitter protest

In my experience in London and in Europe there is no animosity against Americans in general, there is animosity against such an idiot president! If anything, I always experience great sympathy for Americans who have to deal with such a man as their president. Americans do get questioned on their view on how such a man was elected but I have never known any animosity against Americans just because they are Americans! This US Embassy statement is yet again an example of how divisive this US president and his government are. There are daily examples of how divisive Trump is, yesterday’s NATO summit was another display of Trump’s ignorance and insults.

I really wouldn’t be able to bear meeting such a man because I’d have no hope of a positive outcome for such a meeting. Bullies just can not be reasoned with, is my experience. I truly can’t understand how anyone can support such a man. I know many of the arguments and feelings of why people support him and I understand the underlying concerns, but there is no way in my mind that Trump is an effective answer to any of those concerns. (Note: If you are a Trump supporter please don’t try to convert me in the comments or on Twitter, there is no convincing me that this man is doing any good in his country or the world at all! You won’t convince me and I won’t convince you, so let’s leave it at that).

This evening Mr Esther junior and I are going to an Eminem concert. Eminem is also very anti-Trump…

He’ll be in London the coming weekend, so I wonder if we’ll hear any protest from him when he’s there as well.

Should Trump ever visit The Netherlands, I’ll be there, protesting, because in my eyes the man is a danger to the world. Meanwhile, from behind my laptop, I wholeheartedly support all humourous and peaceful protests against him!

America not so great…

It’s interesting that the “me first” and “Make America great again” rhetoric make America look less great than I have ever known America to look.

Me me trump cartoon

From @toonDonaldTrump on Twiter

Almost every day since the president’s inauguration I am shocked by anything that comes from his mouth, with the latest cruel act being his plan to stop the DACA programme. I don’t know much about DACA, and maybe it’s ridiculous that I should have an opinion on this as an outsider not living in the US, but I do not see how stopping this programme makes America great in any way. To me in Europe, it makes America look small and spiteful and closed-minded and bigoted. This programme is humane and to me, as a fervent supporter of human rights, stopping it is inhumane.

Whatever happened to the meaning of these words?:

“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.”

From the bottom of my heart, I can not understand how anyone with a brain and even one empathetic hair on their head can think that anything Trump has done since January is good! All I see coming from the White House is doom and destruction. It still shocks me every day that America has elected such a man as their president. It heartens me to see that his policies are met with wide-spread protest and I hope it helps to overturn these decisions!

From my point of view, the only way to make America great is this…

Cartoon Trump

I’m still hoping for something better for America and the world that is also affected by the man’s destructive rhetoric and policies.

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”

Irreverence

Some weeks ago I was recommended a trilogy of books by Paula Aidan that re-tells the story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. I finished the first book, An Assembly Such as This, about a week ago and on the train on my way home from work this afternoon, I started the second book called Duty and Desire. It is set after Darcy and Bingley quit Netherfield and starts out with a scene of Darcy in church. He is listening to the reverend’s reading when Colonel Fitzwilliam arrives, late. And oh my goodness, that bit of writing made me laugh out loud! The train wasn’t full, but the burst of giggle did earn me some questioning looks. Here is that passage that made me laugh…

Duty & Desire excerpt

This kind of irreverence I love!

There’s humourous irreverence but there is also serious irreverence. The blatant, serious irreverence shown by that bumbling excuse of a US president can not make me laugh at all. I cringe and fear for the future. First the man makes an ass of himself in the Middle East and Europe, alienating European allies, looking like the stereotype of the garish American tourist (I truly cringe for my American friends when I see this, I know how mortified they are)…

… and then he decides to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change in such an act of selfishness that I just can not comprehend it! We’re 4 months into his presidency, how will the world survive 4 years of this shortsighted, selfish ignorance? I truly see him as a menace to the world. I do take comfort in the fact that there is loud opposition to this man, and I add my opposition here! I have this German magnet here in my house that I have had for years and which nicely sums up how I feel about every single Trump policy so far! It’s my little sign of protest…

dagegen magnet

“Dagegen” is German for “opposed”.

In the meantime I try not to freak out and try to keep hope alive by consuming protest and more irreverence, like in the following video: Graham Norton, Salma Hayek and David Walliams commenting on part of Trump’s foreign trip last week…

… and new French president Emmanuel Macron poking at Trump yesterday in his reaction to the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, calling to “make the PLANET great again!”…

When I see things like this, I just know there must be hope for the future!