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Not again.

Stop telling me to stop freaking out. Stop telling me it’s just another election and life will go on as usual. Maybe for most elections that is true, but not this time.

This person wasn’t elected for any financial ideologies or brilliant national security plans. Almost every endeavor he’s tried has failed and simply stating that he’s going to get rid of ISIS doesn’t make them magically disappear.

He was elected because he told people their irrational fear of the ‘other’ is valid and that he’s going to do everything he can to get rid of and/or suppress the shit out of the ‘other.’

He was elected because his hate and ignorance mirrored the hate and ignorance of so many people in this country.

If he does as he’s promised he’s going to try his best to ruin this Republic. The USA is NOT supposed to be a Democracy where majority rules – we are supposed to be a Republic where Majority rules as long as the rights of the Minority aren’t oppressed.

If you or any of your friends or family are non-white, non-straight and non-male, this election is going to affect them. He is going to appoint Supreme Court judges who could overthrow Gay Marriage, Abortion rights, the separation between church and state. The continued militarization of our police force will continue and be used to ignore and trample the rights of minorities. It’s supposed to be ‘Protect and Serve’ not ‘Suppress and Terrorize.’

If he does even part of what he’s promised this won’t be the land of the free and the home of the brave – it’s going to be land of the oppressed and home of the cowards who can’t deal with anyone different than themselves.

I’m sick for what this means for so many people I love. Their marriages may be deemed null and void, they may be excluded from basic rights, they may be fired simply for how they feel about another human being. It’s not right.

If you are a friend or family member and you voted for Trump, I don’t hate you and I’m not going to stop talking to you. But I am so, so disappointed.

Disappointed

Bully

I never feared for my life or even physical violence, but I was subjected to some cruel mental torture during my middle school and high school years. The 8th grade was probably the worst year of my life.

I’ve never understood why people just can’t let others live in peace.

Obligatory New Year Post

It’s 2012. I am so glad. To put it bluntly, 2011 sucked rocks.

Sure, it could have been worse – things can always get worse – but 2011 was a low point on the line-chart of my life. Winter lasted several weeks longer than usual, our car developed an oil leak, my vegetable garden was a failure and we still did not lose any substantial weight.

But those were the minor disappointments of last year. I also had to deal with the fact that my department supervisor left, leaving our IT department with three people to manage eight stores. And then, we got three new stores so now there’s three people supporting eleven stores. Despite the fact that the amount of work we now have will remain higher even after things settle down, there was no raise and no substantial bonus to compensate for it.

But worst of all was the loss of China. Even if my gardens had been award-worthy, and even if I had gotten a large raise and year-end bonus the death of our beloved pooch would have made it a terrible year.

We’re still feeling her absence – piercingly so – but we have hopes that this next year will start to look up. We’ll be taking the car into the shop to fix the oil leak and heater in the next week or so and we hope to keep things moving positively from here on out. Unfortunately, no one can control the universe and there’s no telling how it’ll all end up. I’m very nervous about the upcoming elections – the level of intelligence of the American public has been disappointing me since 2000. Add to that the fact that people are already freaking out about the 2012 ‘end of the world’ nonsense and you have the makings of a really bad 12 months.

But as for me, personally, I will do my best to keep things moving forward and in a positive direction. Happy New Year to you all and here’s hoping that we all try to do the same.