That’s being over-dramatic I know. At the moment though, that’s what it feels like. You daren’t sleep, if you do, you’ll wake up to find out something dreadful has happened again. That the world and its different countries are being ruled by mad men. (My country back home in the Philippines is certainly being run by a jokester). Men who have been … yes, voted to power by disgruntled, disillusioned people who think that their anointed saviour will redeem them. While Pope Francis says that it’s too early to judge American President Trump, he warns about the rise of populism:
Crisis provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933.
Germany is broken, looking to get itself going, looking for its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says “I can. I can”.
And all of Germany votes for Hitler. Hitler didn’t steal power, he was elected by the people, and then he destroyed his own people. This is the danger.
A week after that interview with the Pope, all hell breaks loose in American airports as many people are barred from entering the US, all because of their country of origin. Trump signs a refugee ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Has he forgotten that political slogan “Never Forget”?
Excuse me while I try to breathe …