I picked a hell of a time to start a new business venture. I’ve been so flummoxed by the election that I can barely think straight, let alone take constructive steps and try to drum up business.
In a mixture of comfort and scab-pulling, I am about halfway through Season 3 of The West Wing. It is difficult to say the least to imagine the next administration’s cast of characters in any of these roles, in particular the Martin Sheen character.
There is a real inability for me to picture what’s going to happen next.
Hypothetical 1: DJT assumes office and is immediately impeached for the numerous breaches of ethics and emoluments violations, leaving us with a Pence administration, which would be Inquisition-level in its civil rights, human rights, and social benefits rollbacks but potentially not catastrophic in the way a Trump one would.
Hypothetical 2: DJT assumes office and is not immediately impeached, bringing his rotten progeny, mad cabinet, and white supremacist staff to do things one can barely bring oneself to imagine.
Hypothetical 3: DJT or Pence assumes office and proceeds to cut Medicaid/Medicare, stunning all those old white guys who ignored or applauded the racism of the candidate and his people to stick one to the liberals (YES IT’S ALL OUR FAULT FOR LEARNING THE SKILL OF CRITICAL THOUGHT! SORRY ABOUT THAT). Said OWGs then stage a revolt, the effectiveness of which I can’t gauge. These are the same guys who voted in the Tea Party, not seeing the logical end of their actions, so not sure what sort of candidate they might vote for in the midterms. Two things are for sure: they generally have the time to demonstrate, and they’re well armed.
One thing that seems assured at this point is a Puritanical SCOTUS and the seeding of the Federal courts system with anti-civil rights judges. This is particularly worrisome given DJT’s apparent disregard/ignorance of the Constitution.
Things to do: there are several lauded lists of actions to be taken, out there on the internet. My own actions have included emailing my representatives, urging an audit of DJT’s finances/tax returns for conflicts. I am not sure if this is effective given that I’m not registered to vote (roll on 2019), but it seemed like a possibly helpful gesture. My US Senators are Democrats so they’re already on it, but my House Representative is a Republican, and I’m not sure how hard he may be fapping about the GOP wins versus aghast at the prospects before us. SO I wanted to remind him that not everyone in his district is GOP.
I am also volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter. I’m in training now so not sure what I will be actually doing, but even though California is the promised land of liberalism, who knows what’s going to happen to Federal programs that help battered spouses and their kids. So pitching in to try to help people with nowhere else to turn seems like a worthwhile endeavour.
Here are some of the lists of actions.
Indrani Sen on Quartz
Emine Saner in The Guardian
Sarah Mirk on Bitch Media
Jen’s Google doc outlining actions, with links and fact checks, and some great information
Today’s Giving Tuesday and if you haven’t already earmarked all of your donations, those lists have some great options for giving. This year I’m in a weird place without my usual Christmas bonus to donate, so I’ll be talking to my MD about who we can support. Locally, I’m planning to help the animal shelter where we adopted Eddie Lack; I’ve already sent some $$ to the ACLU this year, and I think Planned Parenthood is going to be on my list. The SPLC is also high on my list of organizations we really need and will continue to need.
Anyway. This is today’s jumble of stuff. You can see my brain is just bouncing around right now.