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Listen up, folks.

It's two plus days later, and an enormous number of us are still sitting here in shock, asking over and over, "How did this happen?!" That's completely understandable. I'm still in that state myself. But, everyone, there are some cold, hard truths we need to understand immediately.

We need to quit playing the blame game against each other. It's incredibly, deeply counterproductive. When it comes right down to it, Trump won because there are far more rednecks in this country than we realized, and those varying shades of rednecks are far more cohesive and unified than we intelligent, educated, socio-politically aware people are. And he can and will do unspeakable damage that will extend far beyond his four to eight years in office if we do not QUIT BLAMING EACH OTHER AND GET IT TOGETHER. Not in six months. Not in a year. RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

I'd like to point out that Trump has not, in fact, technically won yet. That it isn't official until December 19 when the electors actually vote. The possibility exists that this can still be stopped. Yes, it's a very slim possibility. An incredible long shot. But long shots happen. HISTORY HAPPENS.

The protests immediately following the election were a good start, but they need to continue. Every damn day in every city possible for the next five weeks. Nonviolent, coherent, and, loud protests. The only way to beat this is to demonstrate that we will not quietly accept this outcome and bend over and take it. That we can be unified in our basic desires and goals. That we can make life exceedingly difficult for those in the government who would work against our equality, our safety, our basic rights as U.S. citizens.

We could conceivably convince a handful of electors that what the majority of Americans want is not Trump. And if not that, government officials on the whole could at least be made to see that we are far more unified and willing to take action than they realized and that we will not be quiet and complacent.

Maybe -- probably, even -- it'll turn out that we can't make a difference in the outcome of things before mid-December. But we can still make our voices heard, and we can continue to do so well beyond December. We can prevent a lot of damage from occurring, both within the U.S. and globally, if we UNIFY AND FIGHT. RIGHT. NOW.

You are all intelligent and informed people. You know what is at stake here. This is not just an ordinary election. This is not a "keep your head down and wait out the next four to eight years and hope it'll get better again" scenario.

Some food for thought: Trump just Tweeted (yep, he's already at it again) that protesting the outcome of the election is "not fair." Take a moment to really digest that. Exactly how many First Amendment rights does that contradict? I count at least three: the right to freedom of speech, the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and the right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances. But Trump -- the next president of the United States if we can't do anything about it -- cares less about the Constitution than he does throwing a temper tantrum like an eight-year-old shouting, "It's not fair!" (I fully expect him to follow it up soon with, "You never let me do anything fun!")

Also, for anyone who's been largely focused on the damage Trump can do within this country, allow me to direct you to a very enlightening video clip that succinctly sums up Trump's foreign policy -- such as it is.

Oh, and it looks like he's appointing a guy who thinks global warming is an alarmist myth to head up the EPA transition.

Well, look on the bright side. A person's ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual identity won't matter so much once we're all living on a planet that resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape ala Mad Max...

IT DOES NOT MATTER how you feel about Hillary Clinton. About Bernie Sanders. About any of those things dividing us and causing us to place the blame on each other rather than where it should be placed. We need to be one enormous, unified front that can direct our shock and outrage where it can make a difference.


(And yes, if you agree with this, please feel free to copy/paste and spread it as far and wide as you can. With or without profanity included. ;) I'll probably repost it on Monday for the benefit of those who tend to disappear from the internet over the weekends. Don't worry; I don't intend to turn my fandom space into a political blog. But some things need to be said.)

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Date: 2016-11-11 02:17 pm (UTC)
infiniteviking: A liger sticking its tongue out. (11)
From: [personal profile] infiniteviking
What you said. All of it.

I honestly thought it couldn't happen after going as far as it did, but now that it has, I'm surprised by how unsurprising it is. It was there in every relative one had to avoid or censor oneself around, every time any of us had to bite back words in our homes, workplaces, and communities because we knew they wouldn't get through. There are still too many of them to simply shout over, and too many with motivations too deep-set, complex, and subconscious to logic away (not even counting the actual bigots, of which there are also way too many).

It's a nasty revelation. *hugs*

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Date: 2016-11-12 04:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] venturous
Change.org has a petition already with half a million signatures to appeal to the electors, who vote Dec 19th:


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