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Nov. 9th, 2016 01:22 pm
kay_gmd: (fair)
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It's a tough day today.

I started wanting to write something last night when it started really looking like Trump might win (I had a blessedly meeting filled afternoon, and between that, and taking Kosh to her Daisy
Scout meeting I didn't see results that I took seriously until about 8.

 My first thought in response to a Trump presidency, was to offer Governor Brown help with building the California wall. That was an angry and scared response. In content it's a bigger version of moving to Canada. Take me and mine out of the control of this government with this man at the top of it.

I had various ideas, but my dad consolidated my thoughts. I checked my email this morning, and my dad, who is retired in Thailand had emailed all 4 of us kids with encouragement to move to Canada.

That gave me a target.

This concept is tempting (like a California sesesion would be), but it's really terrifying if you follow it.

It's already too easy to keep yourself in an echo chamber. And in this case most importantly for our governmental leaders to keep themselves in echo chambers.

It would be one thing to run from Germany in the 1930s you could be running to someplace that could reasonably have been expected to be stronger than Germany. The United States is too powerful for that to be reasonable.

Therefore we desperately need everyone who is upset with the election results to stay in the United states, and to get active.

We need to  build relationships across socio economic barriers and across parties. We need to find the areas where we agree, and build movements based on those. It's going to be hard, and it's going to be scary, but it's our best chance to minimize the damage of this presidency.
That said there's no way in hell we're leaving California, My hope is that we're a big enough economic engine that we'll be able to maintain what we're doing.
Love and prayers to all,

This is what I wrote to my family.

That's more or less what I think, although I'm a little torn. There were people who said a Trump presidency would bring the revolution. I'm not 100% sure what that is, but I'm open to that potentially, but I'm tentative.

Regardeless if the next step is revolution or moderation and regroup for 2018 there are some steps I think we all benefit from.

We need to take care of ourselves. In as much as we can we should cut ourselves slack and allow ourselves to vent as we need to. We should try not to do something in anger or grief (or whatever strong emotion) that will haunt us a month from now.

Love and express your love for those we love. Give and get more hugs (or whatever sign of affection is best for the people involved) Make sure our groups know that they are safe, and if there is a real lack of safety do what we can to make it more safe.

As we have spoons/energy we need to be kind and loving to others. Do what we can to show that people are good and loving.

Give ourselves time. Time to think, and plan, and feel.

Be as well as you can be.

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Date: 2016-11-10 05:43 am (UTC)
howeird: (BKK Gargoyle)
From: [personal profile] howeird
Kind of ironic advice from someone voluntarily living in an absolute dictatorship. I had planned to retire to Thailand (where I spent my Peace Corps days) but excrement occurred, and instead of the democracy which should have been, they get Gen. Prayut staging a coup, and instead of retiring when his military service came to an end, he appointed himself Prime Minister. He has absolute power, and uses it often. Compared to him, Trump is P.T. Barnum.

Other than that, I love his (your dad's) advice.
Edited Date: 2016-11-10 05:43 am (UTC)

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Date: 2016-11-10 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kay-gmd.livejournal.com
Slight clarification. It looks like dad's concern is primarily because we're Chinese. In a while their eyes are on that other minority group right now it might hit you soon.

While I'm conflicted about this I usually actually have to tell people I'm Chinese before they notice it, as I'm half Chinese half western European, and look more like my mom.

Also having driven from Missouri to home in CA I can see where in many areas being non-white could stand out enough for it to be a danger, but I just can't see us being picked out in our area of CA.
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