Messages cut into grass for Donald Trump show everything that’s WRONG with political discourse

How do you explain to the world’s most powerful man that he’s making a mistake?

You don’t do it like this:

Not helpful: This image probably put a smile on many faces during the first day of Donald Trump’s UK visit – but you can guarantee that the President’s wasn’t one of them.

But it is a symptom of the extreme levels to which political discourse has been pushed that people think it appropriate to carve an image of a penis into the landscape on Donald Trump’s approach to the UK as a message to him.

It’s the same thinking that has people labelling supporters of the Brexit Party in the recent European Parliament elections as “fascists”.

Or, indeed, labelling critics of the current Likud-headed Israeli government as “anti-Semites”.

I hope Mr Trump didn’t see it, although I fear media coverage means he’ll be unable to avoid it.

It can’t do any good at all.

I mean, if somebody took issue with your work by leaving dick pics with your name attached all over the environment, would it make you feel inclined to be sympathetic?

I’m guessing no.

I’m aware that Mr Trump is a man of – let’s say – strong views, but every such man can still fall prey to friendly persuasion.

You simply have to find out what will persuade him. What will put pressure on him.

And you have to be in a position to apply that pressure.

For people in the UK after 40 years of progressive weakening by neoliberal governments that have sold off pretty much everything that made this nation strong, that’s a pretty tall order.

For members of an international movement dedicated to the survival of our species – and many others – in the face of determined efforts towards extinction by a highly-privileged few…

Well, it’s harder work than carving a penis into the grass on the flight path to Stansted Airport, but it could be far more rewarding.

Let’s try to be a little more intelligent about this, please.

Source: Messages cut into grass for Donald Trump to see as he lands for UK state visit | Metro News

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  1. Debbie Wiles June 3, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    It made me laugh, but you are right. It doesn’t help anyone’s cause.

    As far as Brexit and fascists goes. Most fascists are leavers, but most leavers are far from being fascist. Most leavers I know are average, almost normal people, like me. We just believe different things.

  2. James Fussell June 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Agreed with your opinion of the grass ‘sculpture’, Mike – but do you REALLY think Trump can “fall prey to friendly persuasion”? I think there’s as much chance of that as there is of reasoning with an out and out religious fanatic! Trump, along with the likes of Trump, is immune to reasoned argument.

    • Mike Sivier June 4, 2019 at 10:30 am - Reply

      It’s a good point, but that’s why I say persuasion must come with leverage. He needs to be given reasons for believing in (in this case) climate change – or at least for making choices that indicate he believes in it.

  3. #Statura_co June 3, 2019 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe we can behave this way. It’s embarrassing to our country, to our Queen.

  4. Tony Dean June 4, 2019 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Mike I have to assume you don’t know the history of the Cerne Abbas Giant.
    (Only recently determined.)

    Trump needs to be ridiculed and often.

    • Mike Sivier June 4, 2019 at 10:11 am - Reply

      The question posed by the article is, how much good does that do?

      The way to change his attitude is persuasion (with a little leverage). But even that might not work if he has just seen himself associated with a penis by people arguing for the same thing.

      • Tony Dean June 4, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

        I suspect the only method I can suggest if I posted it on an internet forum would have the “spooks” raiding my home with in minutes of my posting it.
        I already have a large Home Office file.

  5. aunty1960 June 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I wondered why the Conservatives and the left and working class hated the bourgeousie. I understand it now. They hoid people down, write the social constructs then laud themselves. People are only seen as an issue a project or interesting subspecies.

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