Open Thread | More Thoughts On The Election

Had more time to think about the election. To absorb the victory.
I want to thank all the Democratic voters in 2018.
Why 2018?

Because, that’s when we elected Democratic Governors in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania.
Having those Democratic Governors MATTERED in 2020.


We also haven’t given enough thanks to Stacey Abrams and all those who have been fighting on the ground in Georgia to finally turn Georgia BLUE.

It cannot be understated all the voting rights cases that have been brought in Georgia that were won, and have been won since Abrams lost.
It matters that they won the cases that said, even if the voter casts a ballot electronically, there must be a paper record of it. No more wiped servers in Georgia.
It matters that the Democrats insisted on VOTING PLANS FOR 2020.
It matters that Democrats had all those Mail Ballots in 2020. The ability to physically count the ballots has meant a great deal in 2020.


Realize what we were up against in 2020.
A weakened Voting Rights Act.
Usual GOP Voter Suppression.
A Supreme Court ok with POLL TAXES.
The shenanigans at the Post Office.
The phuckery on Social Media (Facebook, etc.)
Interference from Foreign Governments.

And still, we strapped this election on our backs and pulled this country over the line.

Dolt45 let his White Supremacist flag fly, and got even MORE votes in 2016 than 2020.

The American Experiment continues…

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46 Responses to Open Thread | More Thoughts On The Election

  1. Liza says:

    I love this picture. I remember when buses looked like that, the “downtown” in the background, everyone is all dressed up (because that’s what people did when they went downtown).

  2. Liza says:

    Translation: Joe Biden, please give me a BIG JOB in your administration.

    • eliihass says:

      Well.. why not..

      Big-hearted Joe has already undeservedly elevated other unworthy mediocre careerist opportunists.. including those already elbowing him out of his own show..

      Why stop now..

      Short of acquiescing to shared WH occupancy with the treasonous buffoon.. with Bannon brought in to ‘help’ out of course.. finding Jeff the weasel a spot of his own, can’t do much worse to alter this episode/offshoot of what’s been the strangest of multi-faceted Orwellian crazy …replete with all sorts of dangerously comical shenanigans, revisionism, twists, turns, strangling gaslighting..

    • Liza says:

      McCaffrey: “If I was a CIA officer trying to understand what was going on in a third-world country and I saw this pattern of behavior, I would say the stronghand’s trying to take over the government and defy an election — and I think they’re playing with that idea inside the White House. I can’t imagine that Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and even [Sen. Mitch] McConnell (R-KY) and people like this are going to disregard the Constitution, but I think that’s the thinking that’s going on in the White House right now and we ought to be worried about it. And the Republicans in Congress ought to speak up and push back.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    From ABL

    Imani Gandy absolutely brought the fire re: Trump voters:

    First of all, I wasn’t seeking any decency or kindness from Trump because I knew he was incapable of it. And any person who not only voted for him in 2016 but who then saw the horror that he wrought on millions of people and decided, yup, that’s my guy, and voted for him again in 2020 is not someone who deserves my empathy. They deserve nothing from me. They will get nothing from me.

    But since I believe in things like a sustainable planet, free health care, and universal basic income, that’s what I want them to get out of a Biden administration. That’s what I want for everyone in this country, even the assholes who don’t want that for themselves or anyone else.

    But be nice to them? Absolutely not.

    For the past four years nearly everyone who isn’t well-off, white, heterosexual, and cisgender has been under siege.

    If you’re a woman, pregnant person, person of color, queer, trans or nonbinary, an immigrant, a person with disabilities, or any intersection of these identities, Trump has gleefully been trying to stick it to you for four years.

    In his first week, Trump blocked people from primarily Muslim countries from coming into the United States. That’s how he started his presidency. And he never relented.

    He installed justices who would be the fourth, fifth, and sixth votes to overturn Roe v. Wade. He gutted the contraception mandate by handing out exemptions to everyone who wanted one. He issued orders allowing people to claim a religious right to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

    He banned transgender people from serving in the military for no reason other than he felt like it. He also tried to redefine words in a preposterous effort to erase trans people from existence. He issued an executive orderprohibiting government contractors from holding diversity training because he thinks critical race theory is un-American and that the 1619 Project is some sort of cult trying to indoctrinate white children.

    He refused to provide Puerto Rico with federal aid following Hurricane Maria because he couldn’t believe that some “foreign” place filled with brown people was actually his responsibility. Puerto Rico is basically Mexico, so what did he care. (Well, he cared enough to toss paper towels into a crowd in San Juan, so credit where credit is due.)

    He issued orders that would have allowed fracking and drilling at national parks in California and Utah. He even reversed prohibitions on hunting methods that Obama banned as barbaric—things like baiting bears with donuts soaked in bacon grease, or shooting hibernating bears in their dens or riding in motorboats and gunning down caribou as they swim.

    He forcibly removed children from their parents at the border as part of his child separation policy; some of those kids will never be reunited with their families while the rest may be permanently traumatized. Women in ICE custody had their uteruses removed without their consent.

    And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he and his cronies lied about how deadly the pandemic was, causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths with tens of thousands more expected before he is dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming.

    And that’s not to mention the myriad times he incited violence against journalists, Black people and other people of color, immigrants, and peaceful protesters. He had protesters tear-gassed so that he could stand in front of a church awkwardly holding a Bible like he’d never held a book before. He encouraged white supremacist terrorist groups to commit acts of violence. A group of them even tried to kidnap Michigan’s governor, for fuck’s sake.

    And while he did all of this shit, Trump supporters cheered. “Fuck your feelings” has been their clarion call.

    And now that their God King has been soundly defeated—even though, like the man-child he is, he refuses to admit it—the people who he and his supporters targeted for the last four years are supposed to empathize with them?

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    • Liza says:

      What I’ve been saying about the 63 million who voted for Trump in 2016.

      Now it’s 72 million. It’s going to be difficult to move the country forward with that kind of resistance. And “reaching out” is mostly futile.

      I don’t know what happens next, but Trump had to go. That’s where we are now.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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