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You've heard the refrain. He'll 'make America great again'. And the 'oh, that's just compaigning. He'll calm down when he's in office' and 'we should give him a chance' and 'it won't be that bad'.

Humans have been deluding themselves since the beginning of time, but I don't think we have an example this good since Hitler. And don't get me started on those comparisons (some are valid, some are not).

What I do know is that my daily feeling since January 20th has gone back and forth between horror and fear...and 'I told you so'. I really wish I didn't have to say that. I really wish it hadn't turned out this way. But 26% of the voting populace voted for this. And whether they thought it would calm down, or not be so bad, or they are still out there cheering him on doesn't matter. They caused this. And the people who protest voted in favour of independents caused this. And the people who couldn't be bothered to vote caused this. And here we are.

And I live in Canada, so there's not much I can do. But I CAN speak out. I can be sick at what is happening. I can show my support for all the people he is harming. And I can make very sure, personally, that I don't contribute to the same happening in Canada.

Speak up. Protest (online, in person). Stand up with others. Protect. Donate. There are plenty of things you can do, even if you can't legally vote in the US. And as citizens of the world, it's our responsibility to do everything we can. This can NEVER be allowed to happen again.

Date: 2017-01-29 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
I remember when I read Mein Kampf in college, in which Hitler outlined everything he believed in and planned to do in "The New Order", I couldn't figure out why he got elected Chancellor after being so public about his extreme views. But he's what "the people" wanted, and so (apparently) was Trump, who's been just as forthright for years about his beliefs and plans. What were "the people" thinking this time?? I can't imagine how so many let this happen, and how so many are still in the dark about what might happen now.

Date: 2017-01-29 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldanna.livejournal.com
I do at least believe that more people are seeing the light each day, but that's a slow process and won't make much difference in the grand scheme.

My anger levels have reached new heights. My disgust is off the scale. I'm an historian and I feel like I'm watching the world's largest train wreck unfold in real time.

Date: 2017-01-31 01:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] grav-ity.livejournal.com
Stratford (Stratford) had a demonstration last night in support of our mosque, and I went. I think I might volunteer at the mosque? Maybe they have kids interested in writing. At the very least, a few of my Muslim friends have books out this year that I can donate.

Date: 2017-01-31 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldanna.livejournal.com
That sounds like a really lovely idea. I've been thinking about seeing if there's a Muslim community around here and what's what.

Date: 2017-02-05 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliodna-bright.livejournal.com

It's been such a dark time. So many people hiding their heads in the sand. I'm thankful for friends like you who speak up!

Date: 2017-02-05 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldanna.livejournal.com
As a Canadian, I feel it's all I can do. And make sure it doesn't happen in Canada. We have party leader elections coming up...and our own mini-Trump.

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