Here’s my problem...were this a normal election between two corrupt candidates I wouldn’t be worried but...
I have a special needs child. Her care likely will no longer be supplemented by the government after this turnover. That means what little future my daughter may have will likely dissolve into dust. We will re-enter the age where Special Education classes are holding pens full of tempera paint and macaroni art.
I have gay friends. They will almost certainly be closeted and have their rights taken away. They’ll be openly or silently harassed more than they already are.
I have trans friends. The VP in this case openly supports “conversion therapy” which if you’ve never looked it up amounts to physical and mental torture.
I have black family. Their rights will continue to be attacked and reduced even further than they are. I fully expect more non-white people to die at the hands of police brutality. Maybe some of the good cops will start to rein in the bad but I doubt it.
I am Pagan. I don’t fit the image of White Christian ‘Merica. I will almost certainly have to cover myself in the same blue mud as the rest of my friends and family just to “fit in” lest I be called out as a heathen. “You don’t need that job! Go live in the forest until you can see God for who he is!” So much for Freedom of Religion.
My wife suffers from conditions that require medication. That cost will rise as restrictions on big business get loosened. I wouldn’t be surprised if our favorite pharma-douchebag were cleared of his securities fraud charges.
I have a diet which requires a lot of unprocessed food. Tell me that since a salad costs more than a Quarter Pounder I’ll be able to keep to that diet. Not likely. (I’m trying to avoid most of the comparisons to 1930’s Germany but my salad will likely require a wheelbarrow of dollars at some point.) I wouldn’t be surprised if home gardens were severely curtailed by law. They tried it once before and not too many years ago.
All government fees will likely go through the roof. Period. Gotta squeeze the public for those tax dollars.
I’m sure I could go on. Climate change, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, safety legislation, clean air, clean water, etc. All will be gutted to pay the topmost people their billions to trillions of dollars. (And remember folks according to the CEO of Nestle water isn’t a right. Don’t believe me? Go look that one up.)
I am currently part of the middle class, or what’s left of it, but that will only be this year. My wife and I have credit card debt and a sizable mortgage payment. These things alone, combined with the coming recession/depression and inflation, will push us below the middle class line.
The middle class, the class that invested in this country’s future, is going to disappear within a year.
Oh and all those of you that are clutching your guns? Keep a tight grip on them. Your right to them will disappear the first time one of them fires in the direction of our new president. They will be gone the moment he thinks he’s being threatened by them. And he’ll use that nice militarized police force he now has to do it.
Am I being paranoid? Yes. But given the track record of the people that just got elected and re-elected - I should be.
And so should you.
People say that you shouldn’t complain about a problem without proposing a solution.
Okay...her’s several things we CAN do.
1 - Barter. Barter goods and services between each other. Keep in mind you are supposed to pay taxes on barter but last I checked nobody is going to make you fill out a form about you feeding the guy that mows your lawn. Or the jar of canned green beans you gave to the neighbor who helped you change a flat tire.
2 - Keep anything you don’t want anyone else to know off the Internet. Go dark. The old-school term for this is Sneakernet. If you want someone to know something then get it to them in a way that doesn’t involve electronics.
3 - Don’t give up. Things look bleak. A lot of us will be homeless soon most likely. That’s not a prediction that’s a fact. The moment things like government fees and taxes go up, many people will cross the line from making-do over to poverty. And given the rhetoric of the people at the top very likely no help will come from that quarter. But that doesn’t mean no help will come. It’ll be there. In-between the houses, like the flowers that grow in the cracks in the concrete. It’ll just be harder to find.
4 - Any software developers out there work on strong encryption and give it away for free. Likely we can’t keep all data off the Internet. We’ve become far too used to being connected. There’s nothing wrong with that but those connections are not, and have really NEVER been, secure.
5 - Don’t die just to prove a point. Rub the blue mud with the rest of us. There WILL come a time when you can help make a change in what’s happening. It may take many years - I suspect a decade if the climate doesn’t kill us first - but the chance will arrive. You can’t do anything when you’re dead - but blue mud washes off.
6 - Help each other. It’s massively simple to crush one person. Anyone can do that. But when that person is attached to another person, and another, and another, it becomes much much more difficult to push them down. We will need all the help we can get. That help is only going to come from the rest of us.
7 - Believe. Believe in something better. It need not be a deity. Believe in the good in humanity. (Though right now that’s very difficult.) Believe in a brighter future. (Though it’s hard to see right now.) Believe we can survive this. Story after story of people that survived disasters (personal or otherwise) all have one thing in common - belief. They believed they were going to get through it and did. Something inside them didn’t lose that belief. This isn’t far fetched. People do this every day.
I...am going to try and go back to sleep now. The sad part is that the waking is now the nightmare...
Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/282087.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.