If you plan on living in the United States of America past next January,you might want to give this John Scalzi piece a read.http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/11/29/three-weeks-in/
Relevant bits: I think he tweets what he wants to tweet when he wants to tweet it, and simultaneously, his incoming administration is so horrifyingly bad and has such awful plans that it gives the appearance that Trump must be blathering nonsense to hide the horribleness that those things represent. The thing is, that horribleness isn’t actually hidden; it’s being industriously reported on. All that horribleness is out there, standing straight and tall. These aren’t actually sneaky people. They are openly and unapologetically horrible. And why wouldn’t they be? Trump won the election.
We have a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican in the White House. There isn't much stopping them from doing whatever they want to do. And the things they have been saying they want to do are pretty terrible.
So, there's that. Moving forward. What do you do?
We can put Foster Campbell in the Senate in the Dec. 10 Louisiana runoff. https://newrepublic.com/article/139000/last-democrat-left-fighting?utm_content=bufferf17ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
There's this useful document now making its way around Twitter, urging progressives to address their frustrations with lawmakers, as opposed to one another. “We’re His Problem Now,” as it is titled, is an easy-to-use calling sheet providing step-by-step instructions for relaying concerns about Trump’s positions directly to party leaders, senators, and representatives.http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/guide-call-lawmakers-congress-about-trump/
We are going to have to hold our local senators and representatives accountable. The press isn't going to do it. It's on us.
But what do *you* do to prepare for the loss of your health care, Medicare, and Social Security, and the loss of the freedoms we're used to? Trump and his gang are going to move fast and hard to get as much done as they can as early as they can and it's going to impact you directly. Be ready. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Get a checkup. Get refills on your prescriptions. Get your teeth fixed, get a new pair of eyeglasses. Don't assume this stuff - any of it - is going to be around after January.
Start socking away some rainy day money. Ditch the daily Starbucks habit, quit smoking, cut back on the drinking, ditch cable TV, quit buying Funko Pops and toys and video games, maybe. You might need that money for health care or a lawyer someday.
Don't assume the internet is always going to be around when you need it. Print out and keep addresses, phone numbers, and contact information for your friends and family, don't assume free wi-fi or Google Drive or "the cloud" will always be there for you.
Live in a red state? Move to a blue one, one with a governor who's up front about defying Trump. Renew your passport if you need to. It might get you across the border when you need to get across the border.
The FDA and EPA and USDA are likely to be deregulated and defunded, so you may want to start paying more attention to what you eat and where it comes from.
Make sure your taxes are paid up. Pay off those outstanding traffic fines or judgments. Start driving & acting like a responsible adult. If you're a regular weed buyer you might want to quit buying weed. If you're using any sort of illegal drugs, well, quit. Your dealer is going to get popped one of these days and he's going to start naming names and you don't want to be one of the names he names. If there's a police-state crackdown, "terrorism" will be the blanket charge for anything they don't like, the Bush-era closed-door tribunals and the secret prisons are about to make a comeback, and that if you're on the radar of the law-enforcement community you will have a target on your back.
Assume that everything you do or say online will be monitored and recorded. I mean, you should anyway, but now more than ever.
Yes, I know this is paranoid, but when Trump's Homeland Security pick is a guy who says he wants to suspend Habeas Corpus & round up a million Americans
, maybe a little paranoia is called for. I hope I *am* just being paranoid and that I'll look back on this LJ post in four years and ask myself how I could have been this simplistic, fearful, and self-pitying. Because let's face it, I'm a middle-aged straight white guy. Even if I lived in the US I wouldn't face the full consequences of what's coming. However, that doesn't stop me from thinking about my friends who aren't, about my friends who will face the loss of their health care and their rights as citizens to go about their lives without being abused & discriminated against.
The larger picture, bigger than any one of us, is going to be made up of the choices we are all going to have to make moving forward. I could bloviate about it at length, but instead I will let Masha Gessen speak for me here: For nearly a century, individuals in various parts of the Western world have struggled with the question of how, and how much, we should engage politically and personally with governments that we find morally abhorrent.
With the election of Donald Trump—a candidate who has lied his way into power, openly embraced racist discourse and violence, toyed with the idea of jailing his opponents, boasted of his assaults on women and his avoidance of taxes, and denigrated the traditional checks and balances of government—this question has confronted us as urgently as ever.
I don't have anything to add to what Masha says here, other than to repeat the Boy Scout motto. Be prepared.