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It's the cruelty, stupid - Elf M. Sternberg
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It's the cruelty, stupid
When Barack Obama became the president of the United States, nobody who voted for his opponent killed themselves, or feared for their lives. There was lots of screaming about FEMA camps from the Alex Jones wing, and just as much screaming about "loss of religious autonomy" from the Christianist wing, and of course all the fear about "taking away our guns."

None of that happened. The people who voted against Barack Obama knew that the entrenched power in this country was on their side. That regardless of the power of the presidency, the congress, their state and local officials, the police and the judiciary, were overwhelming on their side. They knew that whatever happened, the power structures in this country would mostly still be on their side four years later.

You may remember during the George W. Bush administration when his surrogates complained that the press, in its criticism of Bush's actions in Iraq, "emboldened the terrorists." It was mostly bullshit, and attempt to discredit and unnerve the press into being silent on his mistakes.

The election of Trump has emboldened the terrorists within our own borders: the ones who delight in using terrorism as a tool to maintain their position as the ones with the power on their side.

We've already had reports of suicide. We've already had reports of at least one murder by a white nationalist attacking a Muslim man. Trump voters may not have "intended" this, but actions have consequences, and these are the consequences: the people with the least amount of power, the people who haven't got the courts, or the police, or the Congress, or the President, on their side, have been told in no uncertain terms that they don't matter.

It's the cruelty, stupid. When Barack Obama became president, he didn't come across as a cruel or heartless man, and in the years since he's shown grace, magnificence, and generosity the likes of which we may never see again. His supporters tried to emulate him, and for the most part we succeeded.

Trump's supporters are delighted in their desire to end the First Amendenment and to kick the crap out of protesters, harass, hurt, and kill minorities, forcibly destroy existing marriages between people of the same sex. Donald Trump wants a national database of all Muslims in the United States

The GOP-led House and Senate are full of men just waiting to overturn Roe v. Wade. Steve King, the infamously incendiary GOP representative from Iowa, can't wait to overturn Griswold v. Connecticut, and consequently make it illegal to give contraception to a minor. With the GOP in charge of both the legislature and the executive, wait until your parents or grandparents lose Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as George W. Bush tried to do. With the GOP in charge of it all, watch them sell off the National Parks to multinational corporations as a way to "balance the budget." Attorney General Rudy Guiliani has already stated his desire to make Stop-and-Frisk By Militarized Police Officers the law of the land. Paul Ryan has already signed onto efforts to undo the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Say goodbye to collective bargaining, anywhere, by anyone. Maybe, just say goodbye.

It's the cruelty, stupid. We're about to watch a bunch of sex-hating, youth-hating, minority-hating white guys set the rules for the rest of us, and while there may be some friction between what their constituents voted for and what they want, they're the guys with the levers of power in hands. And they don't care who they hurt, because sex-hating, youth-hating, minority-hating white guys are gonna get so much gratifying frission from cruelly hippie-punching the other half of America, the slightly-more-than-half majority that voted for Hillary, for the next four years.

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sirfox From: sirfox Date: November 14th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
We need a running Tally. Suicides. Murders. Beating Victims. Trump shouldn't be able to go a day or look out a white house window without seeing signs with the names and faces of his victims.

We need a Funeral for every victim of his: Starting with a person so terrified at the prospect of life without insurance once again just months from now that they took their own.

The funeral needs to be in front of the white house, move to congress, then the supreme court, and finish up at the reflecting pool. Media needs to come. Politicians and public figures need to come. Some politically savvy billionaire needs to pay for it. Warren Buffet? Elon Musk? Obama won't be busy after January, let him tweet trump the invitation to each funeral to meet the family of somebody dead because the ACA is gone.
valarltd From: valarltd Date: November 15th, 2016 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Griswold is EVRYONE'S birth control. This is why I got my daughter an IUD last month
From: cjfens Date: November 18th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

four or two?

"...from cruelly hippie-punching the other half of America, the slightly-more-than-half majority that voted for Hillary, for the next four years."

I think, at most, this may last two years - if we make enough of a stink about the cruelty, the beatings, the suicides, and the overarching violence of the people who take this election as a license to act out "the purge" then we should be able to throw them _all_ out in the 2018 midterms. Obama came in to power with a democratically controlled house and senate, but couldn't negotiate well enough with the far-left of his party to get things passed. The result was the 2010 midterm elections which led to the republican house. We can only hope that the center-right and the far-right have just as much difficulty coming together that the same thing happens.
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