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[personal profile] kshandra
One of the friends I made in the heyday of pundit fandom wrote an amazing dystopian AU several years ago called The 28th Amendment, taking place in a world where McCain (with Huckabee as his running-mate) won the 2008 election, only to die two months after the Inauguration; the titular Amendment "states that America is and always has been a Christian nation and her laws must therefore be in harmony with God's Laws", specifically outlawing marriage equality and abortion. The story includes Real-Person Slash, which I've grown less okay with as I age, but that's really beside the point here (save that some of you may not want to read it if that isn't your cup of tea). The 28th 'verse has been haunting me in these final weeks leading up to the election, for obvious reasons.

The author tweeted this morning, wondering how she had woken up in her own story.

I almost couldn't get out of bed today. I finally managed about five minutes before I was supposed to be at work, because, as Doug put it last night, "babies are still pooping," and we need my paycheck more than ever now. There's been a fair amount of gallows humor in the office, and I imagine the mood will be even more somber as our drivers (black, Latin@, and Asian) return.

Copied from a comment I left elsewhere on DW:

[personal profile] gridlore will die, no two ways about it, without the Medicare expansion. He'll die, and I'll wind up having to file bankruptcy because there's no way in HELL I can afford his medical care. (Assuming I can afford my own, which isn't guaranteed, despite having coverage through my employer. So maybe we'll BOTH be dead, and it won't fucking matter anymore.)

We'll go on. We have to. I just wish I had the first idea how.

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Date: 2016-11-10 07:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Hi, I just added you to my circle. We have a couple of friends in common and I liked a comment you left in Kayre's journal. Stop by and check my journal out, I promise I don't whine too much and do attempt to live a um, different life!!

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Date: 2016-11-10 12:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gritsinmisery
I'm still processing mentally, nowhere near the point of being able to put my thoughts down. I'll probably start with what Hubs and I wrote to Daughter after her despairing post on FB yesterday morning.

I walked into work at 5:30 last night, and we all might as well have been wearing black. Everyone looked dead, and the younger they were the worse they looked. I was probably the only one that got more than 3 hours sleep the night before, and that's because I forced myself to go to bed and NOT think about election returns. I did about an hour or so better than anyone else at the store, and also was managing to wear make-up, though not my contacts. I thought our youngest member was having another of her killer migraines, but it was just the election -- she only has insurance b/c of the ACA, and is still young enough to believe that common sense would win out over feelings even though she lives in a "shiny red state" as my boss so eloquently put it. She hadn't slept at all.

Oh, I almost forgot what started me writing this comment -- I was in a book club back in the 80s and so read The Handmaid's Tale the minute it was printed. SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, especially since I had grown up in the aforementioned shiny red state, in a town where there's a "Bible College" on every corner and that is the headquarters of Jimmy Swaggart's religion. It's had me knee-jerk voting against Christian-spouting demagogues ever since, no matter what other issues are on the table.

Of course, when you grow up knowing there are people ready to drop a nuke any minute and believing it could easily happen to you, the scenario of something suddenly causing infertility in the population -- giving the Christian Right (or just the Far Right, take your pick) another "justification" -- strikes home a little harder, too. That's an issue that appeared this election period that showed the divide between Boomer & Boomer-raised anti-Trumps and anyone whose memories don't really extend to pre-1990-ish: the younger are freaking (rightly, don't get me wrong) about the loss of human rights, the elder set are going "OH MY FUCKING GOD, this man can't handle a SNL sketch and you're handing him THE FUCKING NUCLEAR CODES." My fervent hope is now that the military folks remember the "legal orders" portion of their oaths.

Edited because I cannot this early in the morning
Edited Date: 2016-11-10 01:12 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-11-09 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
*clings to you*

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Date: 2016-11-09 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bkwrrm-tx.livejournal.com
Cassie was keeping track of things in the bedroom while I was out here on my computer. She came out, once it was clear he was going to win, and told me 'Mom, if you lose your Medicare, you're going to die. He will have killed you', and then she just stood there and cried. :-(

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Date: 2016-11-09 09:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ashbet
Kira and I are just shattered -- we have no idea what we're going to do.

Two friends (both women with chronic illnesses, one has a daughter with Down's) were supposed to be meeting me for lunch today, and we're all in a state of shock and horror.

I'm so sorry that the two of you have to fear life-and-death consequences from this election. No one should have to live like this.

*gentle hugs, love, and immense sympathy*


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Date: 2016-11-09 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dandelion-diva.livejournal.com
It is so big. It is so *everything* that I can't begin to deal with it. Usually by this time I have *something* percolating. But I just keep crying...this grief hangover sucks.

I know we will rise and fight. Now to get from here to there.

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Date: 2016-11-10 07:18 am (UTC)
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