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Welcome to the new age

I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa oh

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age

I woke up with this song stuck in my head. IT was hard to get out of bed this morning. I feel like I am grieving for the loss of a lifelong friend, and in a way I am. Our country will never be the same again. Regardless of which side of history you are on, whether you think this is a necessary shakeup or like me dread the coming loss of human rights and lives... this is a turning point. A pivotal moment.

I wasn't 100% behind Clinton. I would've much preferred Bernie get the democratic nomination. I would have voted wholeheartedly for him. But I did vote for Clinton because I felt it was our best choice to stand against Trump. I couldn't vote for someone who said such vicious horrible things, who planned to build a wall to keep people out and repeal a healthcare system that has been helping me stay alive for the past eight years.

Yet the majority rules and you, the majority, have made your choice. Trump is our president and the republicans control both the house and the senate. I can only hope that if he has some crazy ideas, they will be shut down the way there were those of his party who refused to endorse him for election. Putting the election behind us and working together is what they are calling for... but who is "us" in a Trump society? Everyone but the Latinos? All the rich white males? Anyone who tows the party line?

I have disliked presidents before. I wasn't a fan of Bush and his policies... but I didn't feel DOOMED under his presidency. I didn't feel like we had a possibly unsurvivable path for humanity, that we were the crumbling Roman empire, that we were standing on the precipice of a world wide catastrophe like 1930s Germany.

SO here I suppose I hope for the best, for some sort of miraculous everything will be alright... but at the same time plan for the worse.

These are my promises to myself, to my friends, and to my country in this new age:

1) I will stand up for human rights and equality vocally, physically if necessary, and with an open heart. No matter what policies occur. This includes relgious and political freedom, equal marriage rights, the rights of those who have immigrated to this country to stay here, women's reproductive rights, etc.

2) I will try to find hope, and not despair. I will help others to have hope. I will look for the positives where I can and try to make small bits of hope grow into larger bastions.

3) I will plan for what to do when health care reform is repealed. I will take care of any medical needs I can before the first of the year, and come up with a plan to afford the medicines I need to stay alive and healthy even if I no longer have insurance.

4) I will look for ways to invest money in things that are not the US dollar. Even though we have very little to invest, we need to find something to invest in just in case society and the economy collapses. Something that will retain value if the dollar fails.

5) I will look toward 2018, and what I can do to ensure that we have better choices four years from now.

I can't let depression and fear paralyze me. Either this will somehow work out alright, and we haven't just elected our societal doom - or it will collapse and we will survive through that. Life goes on even in a post Trump society. Until such time as it doesn't, we must all try to make it the best life we can for as many people as we can.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)
I guess we shall see if everything he said was an act or not. At any rate, the USA has survived this long, I suppose we'll survive this.
One thing to be said is that nobody can blame the Democrats for what happens in the next 2 - 4 years. They got what they asked for, but somehow I feel it'll be a Djinn's wish or a monkey's paw in the end.
Nov. 11th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
From what I have read, people do not believe he said vicious things. They think the media edited everything to make him look bad.


He looks bad every time he opens his mouth!

I am a fat, unemployable because of my health, female, in Canada and I am so afraid. I can't imagine what people in the USA are feeling right now. I wanted to vomit reading friends posting hahaha and lol statuses the morning after the election. It's like they don't realize this is reality not TV!
Dec. 4th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
Good inesonse. The potentials for misuse of hat office are memmial and the only pubic fecofds f him
Try nce more no, I won't comment gone everytime.
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