Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Death of a Nation

The country I loved died last night. May God damn everyone who killed it.

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  1. That's the way I feel. Goodbye to my rights as a transwoman, my diabetic friend´s Obama are health insurance, my cousin's marriage, and the Bill of Rights. Welcome to Germany, 1933. And, given even sane Republcans' track record, 12% unemployment inside 4 years.
    Where are the resistance groups forming? I want to sign up.

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  2. I thought we'd never have a leader who was worse than George W. Bush but the person who was just elected will make W. look like Einstein.
    Words escape me. I cannot understand how that horrible person could get elected.
    I'll share what I said to my daughter last night. We need to be strong. If our brothers and sisters need a friend, we're available 24/7. Unconditionally. We need to make our representatives, senators, assemblypeople, governors, mayors, president...whomever... know how we feel. Let them hear our VERY LOUD VOICE and tell them what our opinions are on the subjects that matter. They are supposed to represent us, the citizens, regardless.
    I'm pretty worried, truthfully. I'm working in a public job. Federal funding pays for some of the programs administered we handle. I'm scared that I'll be out of work in the very near future. Not what a 51 year old needs.

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    1. Bush did not bother me because I did not know how stupid he was until later, but I did feel this bad when reagan got in and it turned out that my fears were justified.

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  3. It is with heavy heart that many of us in the community will see all the progress that has happened in our country will disappear.

    The Republicans now have control over Congress. There are now 34 Republican Governors. The Republicans will be the ones that will put into power the most conservative Supreme Court possible.

    I can foresee them do away with all the medical advances that have helped so many people. They will do away with the ability to get basic medical care that has been fought over. Women's health will be pushed back into the 50's and the good ole boys will demand that women be looked at as nothing more than sex objects.

    The reactions boxes should have sorrow added. I have donned my black dress that I wear to funerals and will continue to wear it until the Republicans tear it off my dead body.

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    1. Great line, Michelle - "will continue to wear it until the Republicans tear it off my dead body" !!!

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  4. How could an electorate that elected Barrack Obama twice, elected a person like this?

    I could understand a move to the right, a McCain, a Romney, even a Ted Cruz, that is all part of a two party system. I can accept that.

    I am not kidding, this morning at 6:00AM when I sat sipping coffee and learning the results, I honestly thought "maybe this is a dream" this can't be real.

    This man is a sociopath, I truly worry about being drawn into a global conflict.

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    1. McCain's version of "Barbara Ann" may come true.

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  5. If I can put in my money's worth without upsetting too many people I will. Being from England we've just suffered Brexit in voting to leave Europe. Not the same thing I'm aware but still a momentous decision for us Brits. Despite all the forecasted doom and gloom , as of yet nothing's really happened , and I guess nobody knows what will. In your case, even though Trump is president, surely any decisions he wants to make will have to go through the Senate and Congress and I assume
    there is probably some pretty astute people there who will be able to curb his most extreme policies. Point being he's not on he's own and not everyone , even in his own party will support his views. Time will tell.

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    1. "...as of yet nothing's really happened.."

      Except:

      - A massive drop in the value of Sterling.
      - A sharp increase in racist attacks.
      - A number of corporations (Nissan & some banks) pushing the government hard for special treatment.
      - Increased debt as the UK finance market dips.

      Please, don't take my word for the above. Please do research the above, although ignoring the tabloids may help. ;-)

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    2. Melyssa: The problem is that the Senate and House will follow his lead. There are very few if and moderate Republicans left.

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  6. So you are afraid to post my obviously differing views (from yours). Isn't that surprising!!!

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    1. It's not surprising that you are too gutless to put your name to your obviously differing views. Typical Trump Troll!

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  7. Melyssa unfortunately the world will not see what will happen until January. You mentioned Congress may curtail his whims, but here in America we see the election of control to be shifting towards the 1950's where all the forward strides that we have seen, will be repealed by the hard Right stand that many elected officials have taken.
    The American anger that Trump and his cronies stirred up will boil over if he doesn't make good on his promises.

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  8. American patriots should be placed on a suicide watch. This, as Heather pointed out, is worse than W.

    My fear is the Ryan and Trump will make a deal: you pass whatever crap we send up and we'll put into legislation whatever comes out of what passes for your brain.

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    1. A number of trans kids already committed suicide in response to trump's election.

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  9. I'm absolutely stunned that Trump was elected. I think this was a knee jerk reaction to a broken government system, but electing him wasn't the solution.

    We should recognize that he is only one man, so it is my hope that a grass roots movement can stymie any of his outrageous ideas. We still have power as a united citizenship and we can vote in such a way that we correct this mistake. Yes, it will take time, and we may suffer in the meantime, but we should stay the course and outlast this guy.
    Sally

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  10. Drama much?! This isn't the death of anything. Like him or not, life goes on. Nothing is ever as bad or as good as it first seems, so let's get back to talking about the fun stuff! Tracey

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    1. Yeah, we can talk about gulag fashion.

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  11. ... and the blog I loved died this morning. I used to enjoy coming here to read about trans-related issues without all of the political satire. I'm sad to see that change. It's your space Stana, and you have every right to post what you like. I respect your views, but not all of us trans girls feel the same. Personally I have no use for another political blog. If that's what this is now, I won't be back.

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  12. Completely ignored by the media:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/donald-trump-holds-high-flag-gay-equality/

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  13. James, the sharing of emotions that will have an impact on our lives is not "political satire." As a cancer survivor the only health insurance i could get was nearly $1000/month, which I struggled to pay for a few years. Under the affordable care act - Obamacare - my premium dropped to about $350 and I had my choice of plans. Theses are real life concerns - not political satire. James, I don't think you will be missed in this community.

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    1. Not going to comment on the election, but I thought I'd share something because this is the exact opposite of what I experienced. I'm also a cancer survivor. My premiums increased quite a bit (600%) since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Clearly, it worked out for you, but that law has been a serious source of anxiety for me. I can't afford the plan. From a health perspective, I can't afford not to have insurance (my medicine costs 11k a month). Nor can the Marketplace help me (it was actually MORE expensive than my existing plan).

      So to me (and I assume I'm not the only one), the Affordable Care Act is a poorly thought out piece of tent pole legislation designed to secure President Obama's legacy.

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    2. In my opinion, the failure of the ACA is related to the expectations of a "for profit" health industry. Before my employer offered healthcare kicked in, I bought coverage for my spouse and myself through the marketplace. While covered, my spouse twice went to an ER for a very high fever. The hospital is "in network" but the doctors are not. I was not informed of this before check in nor would I have driven to the next nearest hospital which is an hour away. Now, we're making payments on non covered bills for $2000 because two doctors spent a total of about 15 minutes combined with my spouse. Mr. Obama isn't responsible for this. The system is responsible for this. We have a capitalist society, everything needs to be profitable but screw the little guys.

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    3. I agree completely. The ACA was a half measure, and because of that, it has been less than successful. It would have been much more preferable to establish completely government funded healthcare or to leave the system the way it was.

      While I agree that President Obama isn't completely responsible, you have to assign some of the blame to him. He was the driving force behind the bill, and it was pushed through before it was workable (so that he and Democratic leaders could have a feather in their collective cap).

      The ACA represents a fundamental misunderstanding of basic economics. Force insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions (increasing cost), and it's only logical that they'll raise premiums across the board. Like you said, they're in business to make profit, and they're not going to surrender any of that profit if they can find any conceivable way out of it. If you and I understand that, the government ought to as well, and they should plan their policies to work within the system. That, or create a policy that circumvents that system (like federally funded health care).

      But that's just my two cents. I don't fancy myself an expert in economics or our political system. I'm sure there are obstacles that I'm completely unaware of. Either way, the current system (the ACA) doesn't work for me, and I'm frustrated with our leaders because of it.

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  14. Real sadness for your country and for all the world
    From one of your unknown French friend...

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  15. He will select one Supreme Court judge immediately and could select an additional two more before his term is up. The supreme Court will be extremely conservative for 15 to 20 years because of this.

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    1. Yes, indeed! Sad, but true.

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  16. As a recovering conservative-turned Libertarian, I do recall the same level of concern in 2008 when Obama took office...that he was going to turn us into a European-patterned Socialist country. Fast forward eight years...and it didn't happen! So the system worked...

    While I am certainly no fan of Trump, neither is the Republican establishment. Hillary was a fatally flawed candidate as well with some serious issues that, in the end, she could not overcome. We truly got the two worst candidates the D's and R's could offer.

    There will be areas they (Trump and Congress) will agree and get things accomplished, but any fears of hate legislation or the like are probably unfounded, IMHO.

    Transgender issues are already opening up and, given the amount of backlash seen for HB2, I cannot imagine a body of elected Republicans that see discriminating against us or any LGBT people as a worthwhile cause. It's a fight that risks their careers and really will gain them nothing.

    The bell has been rung...LGB are out and getting married and we T's are well on the way.

    I'm not saying that we shouldn't be vigilant and closely watch the Federal govt for the next two years...we should do it after we have taken a few slow and deep breaths.

    Kathi

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    1. The difference being that Obama never proposed turning "us into a European-patterned Socialist country." That was Tea Party malarkey. On the other hand, trump said what he would do in his own words; no interpretation necessary.

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  17. As President Obama said, "The sun came up this morning and nothing has changed"(I paraphrased). Change in developed nation is extremely difficult and America will still be a beacon.

    Let us get on with being trannies and the best trannies. We will show by example how rich humanity is.

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    1. Standby for change starting around January 20.

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  18. Come on people. Grow up. Enough of the hate I see. Many of us felt the same about Obama, but we survived and so will you.

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  19. There is good news and bad news:
    The good news is that Hillary was not elected.
    The bad news is that The Donald was elected. What y'all are railing about is Democracy.
    As a very astute man once said, "Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for everything else."
    Winston Churchell

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  20. "You have nothing to fear, but fear itself." FDR. Since when is Stana about fear - shake it off girl.

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    1. I have two Muslim friends whose children cried after learning about trump's victory because they FEAR that they will get kicked out of the USA. Try shaking that off!

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  21. I agree. Since when is Stana about fear? Hillary was about the status quo. Recent progress has been nice, but we all want better than the status quo. Sometimes in life, our seemingly greatest setbacks actually propel us to our greatest victories. The Donald is well known for his ability and willingness to negotiate deals that work. This could be an opportunity beyond our imagination.

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    1. I prefer status quo rather than going backwards and that's what trump proposed... a return to 1950's America.

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    2. Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has an insightful essay on how Mr. Trump works. It is highly worth reading. I lived in suburban NYC for many years. I understand Mr. Trump's culture and methods. Scott Adams is spot on. I am optimistic about us.

      Wall Street has already figured this out. They were strongly for Hillary and not shy about it. After a few hours of jitters on Wednesday, the market has suddenly surged to record highs. Investors know that negotiations and deals are coming. They are optimistic. We should be also.

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    3. They are optimistic because the corporations will have free reign to do what they want under trump. Insurance companies are happy because they stand to increase profits by the barrel full after trump kills the ACA. Energy companies are happy because they will no longer be limited by laws intended to conserve energy and protect the environment. Private prison providers are happy because they will be incarcerating immigrants. Etc., etc. etc. And the average citizen will be screwed more so under trump than any establishment poltician of the past.

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  22. One horrible thing about trumfp being elected is that he didn't run because he had a vision, or a cause but because he wanted to have revenge and to feed his ego. I expect a thoughtless, tacky term from him.

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  23. Yes still in schock and feeling sick since late Tues night. I am trying to think positive but find it difficult. What concerns me most is our standing on the world stage Hopefully the rights that have been granted over the last 8 yrs will remain but we'll see

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