Tonight-America Lost.

This is going to be long, and not the nice “angel voice”.

To any of my friends, family, or acquaintances…if you voted for trump to win…may you rot in hell.

You’ve just elected a man who has lied his entire life. A man who takes pleasure in bullying others. A man who cannot be trusted in personal matters, (see his multiple affairs, marriages, and now lawsuits and accusations of abuse from multiple women.) You’ve elected a man who has numerous court cases against him, including fraud cases. You’ve elected a man who when asked just tonight what he would do to help bring America back together, retorted, “Why should I give a Fuck about the other half.”

You’ve elected a man who cannot even run a business. He’s had 6 bankruptcies… He actually lost money on his casinos during a huge boon in the casino industry. He’s refused to pay people who have provided services that he said he was happy with, but then, refused to pay for because he decided he shouldn’t have to pay anymore and bragged that he would use the courts to destroy them.

You elected a man who literally dodged going into military with a non-existent medical condition that supposedly kept him from military service, yet he was able to play sports with no problems with that same supposed medical condition.

You elected a man, that most, if not all of you heard with your own ears say that he assaults women because he’s rich and famous. He disrespects women, people of any other race, people of any religion that isn’t the right religion. Don’t assume because you call yourself a Christian that you’re safe…unless you are “the right kind of Christian” in that orange bastards eyes, you are not safe.

You have elected a man who discriminated openly and blatantly against people of color. Not just blacks, but Hispanics, Muslims, and anyone else that is “other” to him and his followers. You’ve elected a man who said openly he intends to destroy anyone who spoke out against him, who defied him.

You have elected a man who is no man. He is a perpetual, petulant, spoiled bastard child who you have just handed the keys of the country to. You’ve elected a bastard who will destroy us. Piece by piece, law by law, State by State, Person by person.

You have elected a man, a House of Representative, a Senate that will literally take away the rights of more than half of the citizens of the United States of America. They will take away women’s rights, they will take away LGBT rights, they will take away the right to freedom of religion. They will take away the right to Freedom of Speech, Press, and the right to assemble. They’ve made it clear that they want to take away the right of the press, of “the wrong people” being allowed to protest, of the “wrong people” being allowed their religion, of “the wrong people” being allowed to have guns or to open carry or concealed carry even where it’s allowed and is supposed to apply to all, but we all know, it’s only for “the right people” The white, male, Christian’s.

You have elected an Executive branch, a Legislative branch, and now an appointed Judicial branch that will begin to remove those who aren’t “productive” citizens, such as myself, a disabled woman, from SSI/SSD, Social Security, American Care Act (Wrongly called Obama care,), from Medicaid and Medicare. They will gut the Food stamps, they will reduce Minimum wage, they will destroy the economy, in a way that even the Great Depression couldn’t have done. Anyone who lived through that time, knows where America is about to go through.

You’ve elected a man who has said he’ll appoint Supreme Court Judges who will destroy America, by appointing only the Ultra Conservatives. You’ve elected a man who will change not only the face of the Supreme court for the next generation to come, but the face of America.

Tonight, you’ve shown that you are no better than Donald J. Trump. You’ve shown that you are as racist, as misogynistic, as evil as he is. You’ve shown that you don’t care about anyone but yourself and what you want. You’ve shown that you don’t care about anyone who is “different” from you.You’ve shown that all you care about is what you can have, what you want, and not what is good for the USA as a whole.

Tonight, I am ashamed to be an American. I’m ashamed to call myself a Christian. I’m ashamed to show my face to my friends of other races, color, religions, and what not. I’m ashamed of being a white person in the country I’ve called home for 51 years. I’m ashamed of the country I’ve loved and prayed for my whole life.

For the first time in my life…I will refuse to respect the office of the president, for the American people have shown they have no respect for it, so neither do I.

America’s pride is what has now destroyed her. America’s belief that we are the greatest nation on earth, and our shit don’t stink is why we are where we are tonight. God has turned his back on America tonight just as America has turned their back on God. Congratulations to all of my Trump voting Christian friends. You’ve voted for a man who said he doesn’t need forgiveness.

How wrong he is. How wrong America is. America, you own this. You brought this on yourself. You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.

Ah, politics

“They cannot tell the difference between dissent and terrorism.” – Vaclav Havel

I’m a big fan of political discussions. Discussing policy has been an endless source of learning and entertainment. It’s fun debating the state of our world using history, philosophy and literature to try and find solutions to problems, or perhaps even identify problems.

That’s been changing recently. It’s why I started this post with that particular quotation. This is an attitude I’ve been encountering more and more. Far more frequently than in the past I get the internet equivalent of shouted at, “How¬†dare you disagree with me you fascist/commie/capitalist pig/socialist/Muslim apologist/Muslim hater!” I’ve been called all of those things over the last little while.

There simply seems to be no room for nuance or any ideas other than those the people on the other side of whatever we’re discussing hold. It’s become a Manichean world where you are either standing with the forces of Middle Earth or those of Sauron, to use the most well known Manichean piece of literature as a metaphor.

It’s tiring and upsetting this vituperous brow beating. I don’t quite know how to handle it and I leave many discussions with an upset stomach, a bad taste in my mouth and some relief the discussion was over the internet because I fear had it been face to face there would have been violence involved. And I’m not even dealing with people suffering from severe mental and/or psychological problems. There is simply no room for differences of opinion any more.

So, I’m dialing it back for a while. Maybe once the U.S election is over things might calm down.

I hope.