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Welp

Looks like fear, hatred, bigotry, targeted misogyny, anti-union ignorance, and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads of money have won the day in the U.S. midterms.

Oh, and Democratic mismanagement of both spine, intestinal fortitude and vision.

Fuck.







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a_phoenixdragon
Nov. 5th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
Fuck. Or just a good dose of gerrymandering and 'primary area' rearranging. You've gotta be kidding me.

We are so fucked.
kaffyr
Nov. 5th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Oh, and voter suppression. How could I forget voter suppression?
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time_converges
Nov. 5th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
Ugh. Just ugh. :(
kaffyr
Nov. 5th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yup. But now we've got to get back on the damned horse and ride it over to the nearest progressive organization, tie it up at the hitching post, go in, volunteer, and work hard for the next two years.

And yes, I beat that horse into the ground, but I think I'm right.
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masakochan
Nov. 5th, 2014 05:39 am (UTC)
And then we even get experience more stress and anxiety over election results in 2016. :D



Honestly- the Republicans would have to basically start nuking parts of the country to get anyone to realize 'Hey- does anyone feel like we're giving power to the wrong people?'
kaffyr
Nov. 5th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
First, that's a great icon! Can I gank it from you, with credit?

Second, you're so right - as BB says, why is it the people who are hurt the most by Republican policies that vote so regularly for them? The answer is that they think that by doing so, they can get in on the gravy train. They don't realize that they will never, ever be allowed on that train. They've let their hate, fear, and veniality rule them, and their hearts are just a little too small because of that.

It's not the end, though; we just have to work harder, and smarter.
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namarie24
Nov. 5th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
Sigh. Siiiiigh.


The only silver lining I can see is a few good things happening in WA. An initiative for more gun control has passed, and an initiative against more gun control looks to have failed. Maybe this could be a sign that change is on the way for the rest of the country on this issue?
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
There are silver linings, and I'm glad you reminded us of them. Minimum wage initiatives passed here in Illinois and on the east coast as well, and referenda here in Illinois for background checks passed. Things that interested me were the continued efforts to legalize marijuana, something that I believe would actually be a positive thing for society for a number of reasons. And there was a great deal of on the ground organizing that was stymied not for lack of enthusiasm, but for lack of material support.

I will join you in hoping that we can have positive outcomes even to a day that seems as dark as yesterday seemed.
merryghoul
Nov. 5th, 2014 06:51 am (UTC)
Ughhhhhhhhh.
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
I know. I feel a little better now, or at least not as filled with frustrated rage, but it wasn't a happy day. We'll have to find ways to regain the happy through hard work and playing defense, I guess.
dameruth
Nov. 5th, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, ugh. At least a few local races went to good people, but man, I'm a depressed puppy right now . . .
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
man, I'm a depressed puppy right now . .

You wouldn't be human if you weren't. We have to shake it off, but it's hard, isn't it?
flowsoffire
Nov. 5th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
*headdesk*

:(
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I do have to admit that I started thinking of ways to return to Canada with my family, at least desultorally, but then I remember that a) Canada has its own awful government and b) this has been my home for 33 years, well over half my life. I will not desert it if I can possibly help it.
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lolmac
Nov. 5th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Welp seconded. Do you read the Borowitz Report? (Progressive satire, well worth it.) Today's headline: "Exit Polls Reveal Entire Nation Suffering From Severe Memory Loss".

(For context: I'm from Seattle, but I live in Florida at present . . . )
kaffyr
Nov. 5th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
"Exit Polls Reveal Entire Nation Suffering From Severe Memory Loss".

Oh, dear mother of pearl, yes. I was saying to masakochan that some of the biggest supporters of GOP candidates don't realize that they will never get in on the power and good luck they seem to think their leaders will give them for following in lock step. Gah.

(For context: I'm from Seattle, but I live in Florida at present . . . )

Oh, I'm sorry. You still have Rick Scott. I'm so, so sorry/Ten. Seriously, I'm tremendously sorry.
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eaweek
Nov. 5th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, ugh--no kidding.

It's also depressing when you read about the numbers of people who DON'T VOTE in mid-terms! They'll vote during presidential elections, but don't bother in the mid-terms, when critical House and Senate seats are up for grabs. In MA, I think only like 52% of people showed up at the polls yesterday, and that's really shameful. So we've now got a Republican governor. Any Dem who didn't vote but is now whinging about the results needs a good swift kick in the fanny.

Yeah, the next two years are going to be loads of fun. And then we can go through this crap all over again in 2016, this time with the presidency at stake. SIGH.

On the bright side, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire hung onto her seat in the Senate, for whatever that's worth. It's like the one speck of light in the darkness.
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Any Dem who didn't vote but is now whinging about the results needs a good swift kick in the fanny.

You damn betcha.

Part of the big need for on the ground organizing is to get the vote out and fight voter suppression.

And work on other things as well, in between; fight each anti-woman, anti-climate, anti-people piece of legislation, either at the state or national level, with everything we have.
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robling_t
Nov. 5th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
I try to console myself with the thought that it's not like any of them can ever get anything done anyway.
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
Well, as long as Obama has the stones to actually veto some things, and if Senate Democrats are wise enough to use the filibuster that they didn't get rid of when they had the chance, then neither the Senate nor the House is veto-proof.
ljgeoff
Nov. 5th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
tick..tick..tick..
kaffyr
Nov. 6th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
It's true that the climate may get us before the GOP actually installs a theocracy. But I'll try to fight it nonetheless.
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amberfocus
Nov. 6th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I long for a 3 party system with a sensible middle ground. The Republicans are a party that just elected its first young, black, female, American born, child of immigrants senator, from Utah no less. Perhaps there is a little bit more to be hopeful about than you see at first glance.
kaffyr
Nov. 7th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
I had read about Mia Love's ascension within the national GOP and, based on your reminder, went back and read up on her and, more importantly, on the policies she supports.

Unfortunately, she walks in lock step with the current GOP.

She wants to dismantle the federal department of Education which, whatever its faults, provides some extremely important funding and standards.

She wants to cut back federal control of nationally owned land.

She advocates hunting down and rounding up every illegal immigrant before deciding what to do with them, . She says she doesn't know what that should be - except that there should be no amnesty.

She is, as far as I can see, no harbinger of change in the party she has chosen to become part of. I am, therefore, sadly less optimistic than you when it comes to the belief that her election will provide any more flexibility to that party's policies.

When one takes a long hard look at the policies and history of both parties over the past 50 years, it is easy to see that both parties are flawed. Both parties suffer from institutional architecture that can lend itself to corruption. Both parties have betrayed their own mission statements time and time again. Both parties, sadly, are happy to increase The Surveillance State.

However, the received wisdom which says that the flaws of each party somehow make them equally bad or, worse, make them "the same as" each other, is neither wisdom nor true.

The history of the development of Democratic policies, whatever their failures in terms of moving them from policy platform to efficient deployment, tends to be one of inclusion, of belief in a social safety net for the weakest among us; of determination to set at least minimal goals toward protecting the environment, of working towards higher education standards and better education for everyone, of trying in some fashion to make a more inclusive society. (more to come, because LJ has just told me that my post is too long. Look for part two.)
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apostle_of_eris
Nov. 6th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
This was clear in 2010, when the state-level Republican brand took complete control (entire legislature and governor) of half the seats in the House. Here and now, we've had sad confirmation that overall, polling is pretty accurate. Were there any real surprises?
I have no clue what Obama thinks he's doing. Like or dislike, agree or disagree, you build up a model of someone's thinking and priorities. But I really have no idea what he thinks he's doing. Miss Manners is not relevant to rabid cannibals.
kaffyr
Nov. 7th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)
But I really have no idea what he thinks he's doing. Miss Manners is not relevant to rabid cannibals.

Abso-fucking-lutely right. I can't understand him either; he should have known within four months of starting his first term that these people don't bargain and that when he gets into a knife fight with them, he should bring a fucking flamethrower.

I hope he at least gets up enough guts to use his veto pen over the next 730 days or so.
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