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November 17th, 2016

The US elections. @ 10:31 pm

I have a number of friends - who are now more acquaintances these days, I suppose - that get very worked up about certain issues; they are emotional hot buttons for them. OK, I get that. However, it's gotten to the point that those issues are now sacred cows: discussion of them has more or less become verboten - not because anybody has out and out declared them off limits, but the reactions are intense enough that any further discussion immediately stops. This has happened on IRC, on FB, etc; it's a rather chilling effect.

The elections - and in particular, how and why Those People™ voted as they did - has now become one of those issues. I will freely admit that I'm freaked out by some of the results and announced appointments - in particular, that one party controls the House, the Senate, and the White House (assuming that Trump reconciles with the Republicans), Steve Bannon being Trump's main advisor, and Pence being Vice President. I am greatly disturbed by the reports of people doing awful behavior X and ascribing it to Trump giving permission to do so. But, I refuse to believe that the majority of people voted for Trump solely because of odious behavior X, Y, or Z; yes, there are some who did, but I believe this is not the predominant reason. (I've been following Zeynep Tufekci on Twitter; she strikes me as one of the most down-to-earth analysts of what's been going on thus far.)

These sentiments are probably enough to get me unfriended by people on FB; oh well. Maybe they'll take up a collection to get me deported from the Bay Area, too.
 
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From:antiprime
Date:November 18th, 2016 09:57 am (UTC)
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People still campaigning.
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From:chipadeedoodah
Date:November 19th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
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I'm freaked out too, and feeling a little raw, but I hear you. It's like Adam Sandler's THEY'RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU sketch out there right now.

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From:icis_machine
Date:November 23rd, 2016 05:29 am (UTC)
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I'm exhausted.

I want to fight but I'm not sure how to make an appropriate impact.
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From:moof
Date:November 23rd, 2016 06:37 am (UTC)
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Pretty much everyone I know has terrible election fatigue.

I think it's a little odd that the established political groups like MoveOn haven't come up with palpable courses of action - but then again, I don't know what one could actually do until Jan 20. (Other than maybe help draft impeachment papers for high crimes and misdemeanors.)

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