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Hey. So, I know I literally never get on livejournal anymore, oops @ me, but I was just taking a journey through my flist to see how you guys are doing, and I saw a lot of very upset posts in the wake of Tuesday's rather surprising (in all the bad ways) election.

I'm with you. I was a wreck all night that night, and I've pretty much been a wreck ever since. It's not even that he's a "Republican," that I could deal with, parties shift and go back and forth and all that, but it's him, it's a monster. It's a man who openly mocked disabled people, mocked Veterans suffering from PTSD, mocked Purple Heart families, was so openly racist and sexist I throw up in my mouth whenever I think about it, and so on. It's awful and disgusting, and I've felt betrayed by my country since Tuesday. I can't even imagine how minority groups are feeling right now. I still feel like this is some surreal nightmare that I might wake up from soon. But alas, it's not.

Anyway, I know things seem really hopeless right now, but there are maybe a few brightspots to hold onto going into this mess. First of all, and perhaps most importantly, in just 2 years, in 2018, every single seat in the House of Representitives is up for reelection in Congress. Every single seat. That's 435 seats. There's also going to be a large amount of Senate seats up for reelection. So basically, we could take part of our goverment back in just two years. And there's historical precident for this happening. Remember, President Obama only had 2 years out of 8 with a Democraticly held Congress, in the 2010 midterms Republicans took Congress. It happens a lot. We just have to start working for it now, because voter turnout was historically low for this election and it's usually lower for the midterms, so we have hard work ahead of us, but it'll be worth it.

Secondly, Trump did not win the popular vote. The *majority* of Americans do not support that dirtball. I know the numbers that do are still disturbingly high, but keep telling yourself that most Americans did not vote for him. They voted for Hillary, by current numbers of at least over a million more voters. They voted for what could have been the first female president. We'll get there.

Third, this is not a revolution. If you look at the numbers, Trump got less votes than either Romney or McCain received when they lost to Obama. There was not an upturn in people voting for Trump. Really, and I don't know how comforting this really is, the only reason that moldy tangerine won was because a whopping 46% of eligable Americans didn't even bother to vote. Almost half. And that's really depressing and disturbing to me by itself, but what it means is that people weren't surging the polls to vote for racism and sexism and all around awfulness. Nobody was "taking back America." The silent majority was voter apathy, not people who supported Trump, that turd.

Anyway, I'm not going to say everything will be okay, because that's trite and I don't know if it's true. But I do know that whatever happens, we'll get through it. If you can, donate to groups who are going to need the help in the coming years: Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, the ACLU, just to name a few. Or donate locally if you know of groups that need the help. Donate your time, or money, or your voice, whatever you can afford. We need to come together and stand strong to overcome whatever is looming in our future. We need to take back Congress in 2018, and in 2020 make sure he's a goddamn one term president. And we can do it, I believe in us and I believe in our country. I keep telling myself this is a final gasp by a fading generation who can't let go of the past, and can't see past their own lives and experiences to see the whole wide, wonderful world beyond their immediate view. Once we get through this, there's nothing holding us back. We just have to persevere, and America is pretty good at that. :)

Anyway, end random political rant from the person who you guys never see anyore. ;) As always, if you want to connect and be friends with me beyond the wasteland that is my livejournal, i'm starkexpo on tumblr, or you can always hit me up to be friends on Facebook if you so choose. I mostly just complain about politics these days there anyway, so. :P And post stuff about my 5 year old niece, who is a character to be sure. But yeah, love you guys a lot, and I know things are hard, but that's why we need to come together now more than ever before. We're strong, we can do this! <3

-Rachael

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*nods to all of this*

*still sort of wants to hide under her bed*

I'm right there with you. I moped for like a week, and I'd like to keep doing so, honestly. I keep trying to remind myself that I can't let myself give up hope, because that's when we lose. But yeah, it's hard. :/

You know, this is a post I really needed today. I keep trying to write an LJ post about the election, and I keep failing because every time I start to write coherently about it I get depressed or angry or... So anyway, I am really appreciating posts from people who can be coherent about it. :)

One thing I'm having difficulty with is deciding which of the many causes in need of support is the one I can get behind with the most passion--particularly in a rural, white, farming area. I can't afford to drive too far to do volunteer stuff, and I have no money to donate, so trying to figure out something besides a safety pin is hard. I KNOW there are GLBTQ teens in my county, but without an organized way to find them, I'm just not sure what to do. So I've been feeling pretty paralyzed for a week now. :/

Anyway. Thank you for this post. :)

Same though. The feeling of betrayal is strong. I was in shock watching the results come in, I couldn't bring myself to believe it was actually happening. :'(

And I feel you on the... paralysis (at least that's what it is for me) about deciding how best to serve the community and the country in the wake of this. I live in a pretty urban area that thankfully did not vote for that turdburger, but I'm still trying to decide if I should donate to a national group or local, if I feel up to volunteering somewhere (which makes me feel bad but hey, I've got issues), etc. I don't even have the money to donate now though, so I don't know.

But I've also lived in small town America, so I understand your concerns. Hmmm... One thing I've thought about is trying to get involved with the local school district, and in a small town that could be even more important. I know you don't have kids, but you could try and be a voice for those GLBTQ kids in that way, attend school board meetings and such, when you get the chance, speak up for the kids who can't speak up for themselves. Meh, just throwing it out there. I'll try to come up with some more ideas, but that's the one that pops into my head, mostly because I'm thinking about it too. Small town America is tricky though. :/

Anyway, it certainly doesn't hurt to know we're not alone in what we're dealing with, yeah? It helps me, anyway. And I'm glad you found this coherent, haha. It's not the first post I've made about this bullshit, and it won't be the last, and I'm going to try to post them here, too, because why not. It's mostly important to not lose hope, and when the time comes, organize people to show up and vote in 2018 and 2020 and take back our country from the bigots and hate mongers. >:( I'll stop rambling now though, but if you ever want to talk and get things off your chest, I'm available for ranting and/or listening. ;) Ta ta for now!

-Rachael

That's a good idea! There have been some issues particularly with bullying and suicide in the local school district (my high school) and that might be a really good place to get started.

Definitely it's good to have kind of a support group for people wrecked by the election. I really needed it. :)

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