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One of the friends I made in the heyday of pundit fandom wrote an amazing dystopian AU several years ago called The 28th Amendment, taking place in a world where McCain (with Huckabee as his running-mate) won the 2008 election, only to die two months after the Inauguration; the titular Amendment "states that America is and always has been a Christian nation and her laws must therefore be in harmony with God's Laws", specifically outlawing marriage equality and abortion. The story includes Real-Person Slash, which I've grown less okay with as I age, but that's really beside the point here (save that some of you may not want to read it if that isn't your cup of tea). The 28th 'verse has been haunting me in these final weeks leading up to the election, for obvious reasons.

The author tweeted this morning, wondering how she had woken up in her own story.




I almost couldn't get out of bed today. I finally managed about five minutes before I was supposed to be at work, because, as Doug put it last night, "babies are still pooping," and we need my paycheck more than ever now. There's been a fair amount of gallows humor in the office, and I imagine the mood will be even more somber as our drivers (black, Latin@, and Asian) return.

Copied from a comment I left elsewhere on DW:

[personal profile] gridlore will die, no two ways about it, without the Medicare expansion. He'll die, and I'll wind up having to file bankruptcy because there's no way in HELL I can afford his medical care. (Assuming I can afford my own, which isn't guaranteed, despite having coverage through my employer. So maybe we'll BOTH be dead, and it won't fucking matter anymore.)




We'll go on. We have to. I just wish I had the first idea how.

This entry was originally posted at http://kshandra.dreamwidth.org/1356794.html. Feel free to comment in either location.

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browngirl
Nov. 9th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
*clings to you*
bkwrrm_tx
Nov. 9th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Cassie was keeping track of things in the bedroom while I was out here on my computer. She came out, once it was clear he was going to win, and told me 'Mom, if you lose your Medicare, you're going to die. He will have killed you', and then she just stood there and cried. :-(
ashbet
Nov. 9th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
Kira and I are just shattered -- we have no idea what we're going to do.

Two friends (both women with chronic illnesses, one has a daughter with Down's) were supposed to be meeting me for lunch today, and we're all in a state of shock and horror.

I'm so sorry that the two of you have to fear life-and-death consequences from this election. No one should have to live like this.

*gentle hugs, love, and immense sympathy*

<3<3<3
dandelion_diva
Nov. 9th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
It is so big. It is so *everything* that I can't begin to deal with it. Usually by this time I have *something* percolating. But I just keep crying...this grief hangover sucks.

I know we will rise and fight. Now to get from here to there.
hitchhiker
Nov. 10th, 2016 07:18 am (UTC)
*hugs*
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