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It's been so long since I've posted something here, that when I logged back in tonight, I was confronted by the confusion of the top four posts in my friends list being spam from a hijacker using my brother's account that he abandoned years ago and I never unfriended. Seemed somehow appropriate for the first post since the election.

I don't really know what to say about these turn of events. November 9 was spent kind of zombielike, a mostly wasted day, where I kept avoiding news because I didn't want to hear Donald or Hilary, because then I'd have to face that this really happened.

But I will say this:

Rudy Giuliani, you vacuous, glad-handing, opportunist, this is not about me being a sore loser or a spoiled crybaby. This is about the horror at us ushering in a president who has zero respect for others, who promotes the sorts of xenophobic, racist, and dehumanizing attitudes that insult leaders around the world, could start conflicts, and will likely initiate the beginning of the end of the United States as a dominant world power, whose benefits you take so for granted, you think that the US can survive a joke for a president for four years and not take an irrevocable hit to its credibility.

This is about unleashing a culture war front and center where the footsoldiers have been given implicit permission to be as violent, aggressive, and bullying to the most vulnerable in our society as Trump modeled at his rallies, in his speeches, and at debates. He treated our former Secretary of State and a candidate for president with a level of crass indignity that was stupefyingly unprecedented in recent political history. I and my friends are now more likely to become targets for intimidation, bullying, and outright violence, thanks to his campaign win. Congratulations, Donald Trump. We haven't seen an American presidential candidate willing to stoop so low and go so dark since the late 1800s.

So STFU, Rudy Giulani, and try to imagine living in Trump's America without your millions and your abundance of white, male privilege and then see what a "crybaby" you become.

I fear we have put a bunch of clowns in charge of the country at a time when we are on the precipice of a rapidly changing geopoltical world stage that we are still struggling to understand, are on the cusp of the dramatic effects of worldwide climate change, and are circling the drain of an oncoming worldwide economic crisis that we can't pretend forever is okay because we have an abundance of crappy low-paying jobs that work everyone to death and discourage people even in traditionally fiscally conservative nations to keep fewer and fewer or even no savings.

Nationally, if Trump lives up to his campaign promises, he will basically trap people in jobs they hate because they're afraid of losing a health insurance that will be free to not take people with existing conditions and to stop insuring you after you hit a certain dollar amount over your lifetime so that in your most expensive years, you will be abandoned by your insurance company.  By his choosing of a Supreme Court justice, Trump could indirectly repeal Roe v Wade and Obergefell v Hodges, and possibly give even more power to corporations over our society. Your friends, relatives, coworkers, classmates could be forced to leave the country abruptly even though they have contributed immensely to this country, paid taxes, and have been the greatest ambassadors for our country's way of life.

If you were opposed to Hilary because you thought she might be flawed, two-faced, or even corrupt, I actually get where that comes from. I was never her biggest fan, especially when I was going by nothing but my gut feeling about having seen her. On camera, she has a tendency to come across as stiff and arrogant. She's been a bit of a hawk at times, and she may or may not have made money she shouldn't have through the Clinton Foundation. But if you look at her political and social record, the actual undeniable facts of her record, she has always been fighting for the powerless in our society, she has worked on many plans to make our everyday lives better - easier access to education, to health care, to equal pay. Stack that against a man who has never fought for any cause that didn't benefit himself directly and who we know for a fact plundered his own foundation, in a clearly illegal way, and who boasts of not having paid taxes for over a decade, who is constantly under audit and involved in lawsuits for not paying people he's hired or for dealing with his workers illegally.

All things considered, I'd take the imperfect vessel anyday who actually has goddamn experience talking to world leaders and negotiating with them.Why would I want the guy whose plan is to tax the wealthy even less than they are outrageously not taxed now? The gap in finances that Trump's strategy will present to the country's budget a financial burden that is either going to be shouldered by the middle and working class through taxation, or else by social insitutions and safety nets the middle class use the most: social security, education, and unemployment. And this is just a taster of what Trump might do.

Everytime I hear "President Trump" or try to say it, it just sounds unbelievably ridiculous. So go back to your tower, Donald. In my mind, "you're fired."  

Date: 2016-11-11 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daybreak777.livejournal.com
Dude, I can't even with Rudy Guiliani. My feelings about him are too complicated. I feel he's like a very bad ex-boyfriend. 'Cept I never chose him. A co-worker said he's probably disappointed because he honestly wanted a cushy, well-paid job in Trump's business but now, look what happened. Dude, Guiliani always said he wanted out before 9/11. He ain't getting out. Is he going to make the most of it? Of course he is. And to be honest, I'd rather Rudy run this country than Trump. And what sort of madness is that?

As [livejournal.com profile] rap541 used to say, it's like the end of days. But not really. It's more like the US after Reconstruction. Welcome to Jim Crow. I'm surprised by the election and not surprised. This is what the US does and has done.

I fear we have put a bunch of clowns in charge of the country at a time when we are on the precipice of a rapidly changing geopoltical world stage that we are still struggling to understand, are on the cusp of the dramatic effects of worldwide climate change, and are circling the drain of an oncoming worldwide economic crisis that we can't pretend forever is okay because we have an abundance of crappy low-paying jobs that work everyone to death and discourage people even in traditionally fiscally conservative nations to keep fewer and fewer or even no savings.
Those changes were always going to come and the people who voted Trump? Were always here. Were always the majority. I don't know why some of them even voted Obama in the last election. I was was shocked (in a good way) in 2012. Really shocked. I never know what people are going to do, good or bad.

It's good to be angry. As long as we use that anger as a tool to build even within end of days times. Sort of like . . . preparing for the apocalypse which sounds crazy. But I remember the tools Mother Abigail had when Captain Trips came along. Or Lauren Olamina in Parable of the Sower. Maybe we don't directly need survival skills (but mebbe we do) but we need to use our shock, fear, and rage to start building otherwise we are just spectators in what has become a global reality show. We have more power than just voting and we must use it.

I'm sort of amused by my analogies because I remember how happy I was to learn to build a fire or work in a garden. Lol, wasn't that such a lark? Well. Now I see those skills very differently. I don't think things are going to devolve in my lifetime like that. But like I said, I don't really know anything, just going with my gut as you were. I'm going to continue my work and build within communities. And hopefully, we'll be ready when things get worse. Because they will.

Use that righteous anger, my friend!
Edited Date: 2016-11-11 11:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-11 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rose-griffes.livejournal.com
Yeah, every time I have that moment of realization that this is real, he is really going to be our next president - I'm... somewhere between numb and nauseated.

Date: 2016-11-21 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] millari.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading here, Rose!

I'm sorry I took so long to respond. I went through a mourning period for several days, and then I started trying to get over it and focus on what I could do to fight back. I think it will hit me again when January 20 comes around, but for now, I'm finding little ways to speak my mind and trying to find bigger ones, which is harder.

I'm thinking about the Trump businesses boycott and I'm in the process of writing to my representatives to inform them that I expect them to be vigilant watchmen (watchpeople?) in the House and Senate and to stand up for civil rights and the good of our state and nation. These are small steps, but they are a start until I find something more.

Date: 2016-11-26 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rose-griffes.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm just doing what I can actually do at this point - planning to contact representatives starting next week, when (presumably) they're back from Thanksgiving vacation.

Date: 2016-11-15 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguedemon.livejournal.com
I agree with every word. I've been doing so much ranting on FaceBook and Tumblr, I am too exhausted to say much else. Except that all politicians are imperfect vessels, because all people are imperfect vessels. Even Obama. I also think Hillary is clean when it comes to the foundation, I was paying attention to that. But it doesn't matter. I think a combination of poor education, misogyny, downright criminal negligence on the part of the mainstream media, and the FBI swung this election. I wonder what Giuliani's exact payoff is going to be for his machinations within the FBI.

Well, anyway. Things were already bad, now they are much worse. All we can do is hold on to our anger and use it to resist.

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