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10 November 2016 @ 06:04 pm
Even The Smallest Person...  
Well, I showed up to PT yesterday and had two employees say they were surprised to see me, they thought I’d be in Canada by now. And then ask if I was okay. Like I NEVER talk politics there, a public setting, because you never know who will bring the wrath. But these people just know me well enough by now to know I am gutted. And that, at least, made me smile, when not much else has.

My little brother is a Libertarian - (Idk why, his kids rely on government aid and insurance, but ok) - so he told me that he was voting for Gary Johnson. I argued that Clinton needed every vote, that a third party vote was wasted. He said it wasn’t a wasted vote, it’s a vote for your candidate. I was like, “But your candidate will never win.” He said winning isn’t the goal for him. How? How can a poor, father of two, social issues activist think that way? In an election like this?

So I told him the following - (paraphrasing obvs) - “Okay, I know as a severely disabled person who has been disabled from birth, I will be one of the last to get my benefits cut. But if I do - even if I just lose prescription insurance - I can’t afford my liver meds and without them, I will die. If I die as a direct or indirect result of Trump being president and you voted Gary Jonhson, because ‘winning isn’t the goal’, then you are not welcome at my funeral. And I am not fucking kidding.” He responded with some grumbles and blahblah, but hoy boy, I am NOT fucking kidding.

I may be safer than most in that area - though as a poor, disabled, government dependant, queer woman, I am far from safe - but my brothers and sisters in the disabled community are about to have their health insurance gutted. In our disabled community - because my brother has fibro and bone spurs. We are about to lose people, lose lives, the way we have been losing people in England and no one is talking about it. And it’s not just the disabled, but every marginalized group out there that is about to have their life put in danger, because some people like my brother don’t think winning is the goal. Or ‘vote your conscious’. If all of those third party or absent protest-voters had voted Clinton, we wouldn’t be in this mess right now. And I don’t want to hear a single word from any of them. They forfeited their right to be upset by this outcome. They were warned.

After he was declared president, I made my sister promise that if I do, in fact, die as a direct or indirect result of Trump’s policies, that she is to put the following sign outside of my memorial service: “If you did not vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections, you are a part of the reason that my sister is dead and, per her instructions, you are NOT welcome at this service.”

She promised she would.

And now I leave you with this thought - the deed is done, so let us bond together and protect each other and amplify the voices of the marginalized and stand for those who can’t. And fight. We will take our country back with love, not hate. Let’s form a really big fellowship and throw the goddamn ring in the fire!
 
 
 
Shirebound: Frodo and Sam B/Wshirebound on November 10th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
let us bond together and protect each other and amplify the voices of the marginalized and stand for those who can’t. And fight. We will take our country back with love, not hate. Let’s form a really big fellowship and throw the goddamn ring in the fire!

Yes we can.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:27 am (UTC)
I really do intend to get involved more in politics after this. I'm going to phonebank for any Democrats that are up for election in my area in the next two years and phonebank in the next presidential election. I can't do it for very long, maybe just two hours at the most, but I will do what I can As for now, there's a bunch of stuff I've seen about how to get in touch with your representatives, senators etc. to voice your concerns about Trump's appointees that he is making and how to show your support for Obamacare and who to call. I I'm tend to do those things and I really should post some of them here on livejournal in case anyone here is trying to figure out a way to help, but doesn't know what to do.

Because I really am ready to throw this ring in the fire of Mount Doom.
(autocorrect tried to change Mount Doom to Mountain Dew...apparently I want to throw the ring of power in Mountain Dew. Lol)
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on November 11th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
Awww man. I hope no one's health care gets cut. (If mine gets cut, I have no idea how I will afford my asthma inhaler either.)

Hugs. And I hope you will be okay.

(PS I did NOT vote for that orange cheeto.)

dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:36 am (UTC)
Awww man. I hope no one's health care gets cut. (If mine gets cut, I have no idea how I will afford my asthma inhaler either.)

I think those four million, or however many million of people, who finally, finally got decent affordable (or often free) health coverage under Obamacare are the ones who are about to lose out. Those of us who had it before the extension are probably safe, for the moment. Though prescription insurance may be another issue. But my BFF finally was able, after ten years of no coverage, to get proper care for her fibro and she is doing so, so well and it makes me so happy to see her health being managed - but she got her coverage through Obamacare and I worry that she, and millions of other chronically ill people that don't qualify any other way bc of strict guidelines/rulings, are about to go back to choosing between seeing a doctor and paying their rent. Rent always wins, doesn't it?

Asthma inhalers keep going up in price. They recently had a drastic incline in price and Idk how anyone could afford to go without when they need, so lets hope no one has to.

Hugs. And I hope you will be okay.

I think I have less to worry about than some. But I see my disability community worrying and planning and I know far too many of them who will lose out if Trump (and the Republicans) get their way.

(PS I did NOT vote for that orange cheeto.)

Yay!! I dont know if I know anyone (besides my conservative Republican rich white Arizona cousin) who voted for Trump. But I know far too many who didn't vote or voted 3rd party. I honestly think it was the people who didnt vote that would have made the difference the most,

We're all hanging in there though, right?
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on November 30th, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
Hugs
We're hanging in there....
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 11th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
You're such a badass.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
ou're such a badass

I am serious, people! If Trump leads to my death, you better hope you voted for Clinton or you can stand outside my funeral home in the freezing Michigan cold and cry! <3
Kate: taking wingceitfianna on November 11th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
You're amazing as is your sister.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
You're amazing as is your sister.

Well I highly doubt that I'll be one of the people that loses insurance under Trump, but my point is the same - people may lose their lives because of Trump and all these people who didn't vote Clinton are going to be crying and saying they don't know how this happened. As if they can't understand that they were part of the problem! I think that is part of the problem though - that they don't understand.

At any rate, my little brother understands because I made it very clear to him if he voted Gary Johnson he better hope I don't die under a Trump presidency or he's going to have to sit in the parking lot and cry his car...because he's not allowed in the building!
lindahoylandlindahoyland on November 11th, 2016 07:50 am (UTC)
Big hugs.May you be spared what is happening here.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:45 am (UTC)
Big hugs.May you be spared what is happening here.

<3. Thank you. That is my fear, that we will have millions cut from the insurance rolls and lose far too many in what should be unavoidable, but won't be. And I suspect about as many people will care over here that seem to care over there - not many. :(
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on November 13th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm with you 100%. How any sensible American could have voted for that buffoon totally escapes me. Besides being completely unqualified, he's dangerous. Everyone on my flist is a Democrat and I have only one real life close friend who is a Republican and even she didn't vote for Trump.
Even the friends overseas on my flist are horrified.

We have a lot of work ahead of us to keep this wonderful country from going off the rails. We shall overcome.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm with you 100%. How any sensible American could have voted for that buffoon totally escapes me. Besides being completely unqualified, he's dangerous. Everyone on my flist is a Democrat and I have only one real life close friend who is a Republican and even she didn't vote for Trump. Even the friends overseas on my flist are horrified.

And yet I have this cousin who is always there when you need here, never says 'no' to doing a favor, loves her children, her husband, God - and yet not only voted Trump, but was obsessed about how Clinton would ruin us. How she calls herself Christian and yet voted for a man full of such hate is beyond me, but I look at her and can't understand how someone so smart, who works in healthcare, with disabled people, can be so callous, because she was scared Clinton would 'put her in the poor house'. I am baffled by it all. Her nieces are black. One of them is queer. How could she vote Trump? Who are the people who voted Trump - besides the obvious racists and sexists, who are these people like my cousin?

We have a lot of work ahead of us to keep this wonderful country from going off the rails. We shall overcome.

We shall overcome, indeed. I think maybe those of us who have been passive for far too long are about to come out of the woodwork and bond together over this., Let us see.

Edited at 2016-11-30 12:52 am (UTC)
Jo Ann: RM: Upset-face in hands day 1yeuxdebleu on November 30th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
Well said, my friend.

On top of how awful Trump himself is, he's appointing people who are 100% wrong for the positions for which he's choosing them. We can only hope that the Congress sees this, too, and refuses to confirm them. Unfortunately, some of Trump's worst choices are for positions that don't require confirmation. It's going to be a horror show.

I have read that there are over a million people planning to march in Washington on Inauguration Day to protest Trump's presidency. Good! I just hope no one gets injured.

My biggest personal concern is about changes in Medicare since my husband and I are both dependent on it.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on December 5th, 2016 11:25 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, some of Trump's worst choices are for positions that don't require confirmation. It's going to be a horror show.

That's the scary thing, is when he has power with no roadblocks or people to be held responsible too. I mean, we can say he is responsible to the American people, but we both know that ain't true!

I have read that there are over a million people planning to march in Washington on Inauguration Day to protest Trump's presidency. Good! I just hope no one gets injured.

I would LOVE to be there for that! Not My President or Don't Mock Me for my sign. Unfortunately, going to protests, even fairly local ones, is not in my physical ability to do. And yeah, I hope no one gets hurt. Actually it seems the bigger the protest, the less people get hurt, doesn't it? Like a million people marching isn't going to get a police raid on it the way 100 people would. Unless they call in the National Guard, which they may.

My biggest personal concern is about changes in Medicare since my husband and I are both dependent on it..

Yep, mine too. Medicare/Medicaid keeps me alive. Without it, even without prescription coverage, I am done. Social Security is a concern for me too, but he hasn't made any indication that he will cut that, to my knowledge anyway.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 15th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
I don't know if she actually did vote for Gary Johnson, but a few months ago my aunt told me she planned to. I sent her a lot of email with stories about his Libertarian agenda (in some ways worse than Trump's) and I am hoping it changed her mind. But I am with you -- in my mind, a vote for Gary Johnson was a vote for Trump.
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)
I don't know if she actually did vote for Gary Johnson, but a few months ago my aunt told me she planned to. I sent her a lot of email with stories about his Libertarian agenda (in some ways worse than Trump's) and I am hoping it changed her mind. But I am with you -- in my mind, a vote for Gary Johnson was a vote for Trump

I think you may be right that in a lot of ways Gary Johnson is worse than Trump, simply because his agenda would be to cut a ton of government backed social programs. He even has stated that he would like to do away with Social Security. My whole family would be ruined with that kind of an agenda, like a domino affect from one to the other. (Except for the rich republican cousin in AZ who would be fine). But Trump somehow seems worse simply because he is the face of such bigotry - a win for him feels like a win for hate, feels like a free pass for people who are full of hate to say 'see, I was the right one all along'. And that scares me.

There were only two people in my family that I know of that weren't voting Clinton (*that I know of emphasized0 and one was my Libertarian brother and the other was the republican cousin (who was a fanatical Trump supporter). I never bothered a fight with the cousin and the fight with the brother seemed less than fruitful.

I wondered if you managed to change your aunt's mind at all.
wolfrider89: McDanno hug tearswolfrider89 on November 18th, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
<3<3<3
dodger_sister: apocalypsedodger_sister on November 30th, 2016 12:59 am (UTC)
<3s to you too, babe. I know the political climate here is going to affect you there as well and in general, just seeing so many people come out in support of Hate is a sad thing.
wolfrider89: McDanno hug tearswolfrider89 on December 3rd, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, in general everyone over here is pretty damn scared and pretending like they're not. Like, we have Russia on one side doing freaky things and now we have the US on the other...

and in general, just seeing so many people come out in support of Hate is a sad thing.
Yeah, it's so sad and frustrating and disheartening. I will do what I can to work in the opposite direction, over here in my own small corner of the world. And I will send all the love and support and things that you may need. And I will personally kidnap you and bring you over here to the semi-free health care if I have to.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on December 5th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
And I will personally kidnap you and bring you over here to the semi-free health care if I have to.

Kidnap me anytime you want, baby! <3