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How The Hell Did This Happen

G'morning.

So during election night - after crying on Skype with paranye and drinking literally an entire bottle of wine - we spent many distressed hours trying to figure out What The Fuck Happened and where on earth we were supposed to go from here. I also - once I could stomach doing so - poked through a lot of articles and polls for some understanding of the hows and whys. All of this has, I'm sure, already been said by people much more intelligent and well-informed than I am - but I need to puzzle it out in writing in order to make proper sense of it.


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What the Hell Happened?

Some of these answers are easy, some of them are educated guesses, a lot of them I'm not sure of, and plenty of them I will never really, truly, actually get, but here goes.


  • A lot of people really are that fucking racist/sexist/homophobic/Islamophobic/etc.

  • A lot of people are not actively any of the above, but are willing to accept those attributes in a leader or in national policy, in return for other benefits. As indifference to prejudice is in fact also prejudice, these people are also fucking racist/sexist/homophobic/Islamophobic/etc.

  • Ultimately, a lot of people are privileged - they would never have suffered under institutionalized prejudice so they don't have to vote while keeping it in mind. (This isn't just privilege but what I feel to be a horrific lack of empathy.)


  • BENGHAZI ...is another word I never want to hear again, argh.  A few Americans died in an attack on an embassy, which is TERRIBLE but also has happened before and Clinton wasn't personally to blame, yet for some reason, no one seems to know? or care? about the facts?

  • Look, I'm sorry, I know this is not an argument you could ever make on TV in an actual debate, but a few Americans died and people created MORE OF A FUCKING HULLABALOO than the hundreds of thousands of dead fucking civilians that the wars in the Middle East have created. Shut. UP.


  • Do you know how fucking weird it is to be sitting here defending Hillary Clinton? I DO NOT EVEN LIKE HILLARY CLINTON.


  • An unshakeable belief that Scrooge McDrumpf is a good businessman who will be good for the economy, even though he is a complete fucking hack.

  • The vague but understandable wish to have a 'non-standard politician' in the office, start doing things differently, and deal with corruption, even though he's obviously lied about that too.

  • The so-called 'Bernie-or-bust' crew, though IMHO this is less about millennials and liberals (the polls showed her nearing Obama's numbers with young voters and most people voting on party lines) and more about people who would never have wanted to vote for her to begin with, even if Bernie Sanders had never existed.

  • Third party voters, partly in connection with above. The only person I will forgive for this is Viggo Mortensen.

  • The idea that Hillary was 'just as bad as' Trump, which I've rambled about at length.

This one is my own personal pet peeve, and as paranye reminded me, it had never been needed to this extent before, but I DON'T CARE -

  • HIRE INSTANT FACT-CHECKERS FOR YOUR STUPID GODDAMN DEBATES.

  • About nine billion times during the debates, Drumpf - and occasionally Clinton but it's been proven that he lied a fuckton more than she did - flat-out denied things he had ABSOLUTELY AND PROVABLY SAID OR DONE.

  • Have a fact-checking team there LIVE - about thirty of them - on their computers and have that computer hooked up to a BIG-ASS SCREEN THAT IS RIGHT BEHIND THE CANDIDATES ON STAGE and when one of them denies a thing they said or did PULL UP THE GODDAMN TWEET ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING BEING A CHINESE CONSPIRACY and SHOVE IT RIGHT IN THEIR STUPID SMUG ASSHOLE LYING FACE.

  • ARGH.

Right, so that was the easy bit. This next section is the bit that barely got talked about pre-election, and unfortunately, all of the best articles on the topic seem to have been written post-election, rather than BEFOREHAND WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY FUCKING HELPFUL.

  • (BUT THAT'S STILL NOT A GOOD REASON TO VOTE FOR TRUMP. ARGH.)



So What Do We Do Now?

This is the hard part, because all of this is horrifying to the extreme, but sometimes the idea of trying to do something about it is even scarier, especially for those of us who won't be personally effected by it? But there's things to sign and people to call and shit to do, so if anyone has been wanting to get involved but hasn't found out how yet, here's a mini starter list.

Election Commentary

If you're like me and need late night comedy to keep you sane, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, the Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers' 'A Closer Look' segment are all fighting the good fight. (We miss your show, Larry Wilmore.)

A couple of my favorites are -









Take care of yourselves, guys, and remember -

Rise up.

Comments

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daria234
Nov. 18th, 2016 03:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for the post!
rosalui
Nov. 18th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
It was all rattling around in my head and I needed to get it down on a single page, haha. \o/
mnkyjnkieang
Nov. 18th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
Excellent post is excellent. You've done a great job of researching and organizing info. Much appreciated :)

I read most of those articles pre-election because I needed to know more about Hillary before voting for her. I shared a few of them on facebook, but I'm pretty damn sure that not one of my Hillary hating friends bothered to read any of them *scowl mumbleignoramusesmumble scowl* I even pointed out that these same friends WOULD NOT EVEN BLINK IF A MAN HAD MADE THE SAME MISTAKES/DECISIONS. Bengazi and emails...OMFG. I have two words for the haters: Bush and Cheney. Seriously, so much unconscious misogyny...most surprisingly from my gay bff (we are not on particularly good terms atm; I think he's lost his ever loving mind).

The John Oliver video is the only one I've seen and it is fanfuckingtastic. I am partial to British comedy though, which is why I could sit all the way through it.
rosalui
Nov. 21st, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was originally just going to be a 'this is how it happened' brainstorm, but actionable steps are important, and now is very much the time. I mean, pre-election should have been the time, but.

I'm pretty lucky and haven't needed to have that discussion with anyone I know, really - but it sounds UTTERLY INFURIATING, I am sorry. <333

There's a lot of (insert type of bigotry here) in communities that are oppressed themselves and it's really shitty. I'll never forget the first time I learned how much the suffragette heroes had thrown the civil rights movement under the bus, basically. It seems like plenty of gay guys can be really misogynistic too. :(

I adore John Oliver. The other videos are definitely worth a watch, though. Colbert has been killing it lately. The very end of one of his more recent videos had me screaming and kind of wanting to throw my bra at him, tbh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJDD9WCxYQI >.>;

Stay safe, bb.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
I know bigotry has been around for as long as humans have inhabited this planet, and maybe it's simply because most everyone has a smart phone and aren't afraid to use it to expose all the shitiness going on, but it seems like it's more prevalent than I've seen it in my lifetime. Everything boils down to overpopulation in the end. People suck. Seriously.

Thanks, bb. I'm probably going to skip my cousin's Thanksgiving dinner just to avoid any potential upsetting bullshit. Christians my ass. I'll have a turkey tv dinner and watch football all day.

Colbert is open in another tab for later viewing :)
mnkyjnkieang
Nov. 21st, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oops! That was me forgetting to sign it.
brightly_lit
Nov. 22nd, 2016 06:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad you wrote your way through your thoughts and feelings on this (GOD YES about the instant fact-checkers), and I'm especially glad you provided some concrete things people can do about it! So many people want to do something but have no idea what they could do; this is a great place to start.
rosalui
Nov. 22nd, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)
I would volunteer to be a fact-checker my damn self if I thought it would help, lol. I can't believe they don't have a system for it in place.

Yeah, getting active makes things feel slightly less awful. :/
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