Chris Ball, a fim producer from Calgary, was attacked by men shouting homophobic slurs in Santa Monica on the night of the US election (Valerie Siu/Twitter)

Chris Ball, a fim producer from Calgary, was attacked by men shouting homophobic slurs in Santa Monica on the night of the US election (Valerie Siu/Twitter)

What happened Tuesday is much worse by far than what Brexit in the UK. That was a referendum on one issue. Tuesday’s election will bring about massive changes in most every aspect of our lives.

Unlike they Democratic Party, the Republican Party maintains control over their members. Those who march to a different drummer will be primaried by a someone who will take orders and money will pour into their race.

Now the Republicans will soon have control of all three branches of government. The Supreme Court will soon be 5-4 right wing heading for a potential 6-3 or 7-2 (probably leaving us Sotomoyer and Kagan) that will stand for decades. So we will have a congress that will pass some of the most repugnant social legislation ever while reversing any progressive programs that have passed since FDR.

Whatever the Republican congress will pass expect their president to sign. The court system will be pretty much a rubber stamp for whatever the congress enacts. The three independent branches will be aligned. The glue that will keep them all together will be the money from the rich who will expect a high return on their investments.

So in Britain they will what now seems to be a tough economic change, but the fundamentals will remain the same. Here, the very foundations of our way of life will be messed with if not change wholly. The only firewall we will have will be the US senate and the filibuster rule that so often seems archaic. Now it may be our only hope. Remember that the majority can change that rule. If McConnell opts to change it we may be royally screwed.

Almost as expected, a rash of hate has broken out across the country as hate based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation has been given a green light by this election. Here are a few examples from an article in the Independent: l

“There have also been numerous reports of black people being verbally and physically abused by people expressing support for the President-elect.

A woman in Delaware described overhearing four white men near her at a petrol station discussing Mr Trump’s victory and “how they’re glad they won’t have to deal with n*****s much longer”.

“One walked over to me and said ‘how scared are you, you black b****? I should just kill you right now, you’re a waste of air’,” she wrote.

“Then another guy steps forward and shows me his firearm. He says: ‘You’re lucky there’s witnesses or else I’d shoot you right here.’ I have called the police.”

We are entering a very scary period in this country. There is terrorism afoot in this country and the election Tuesday has given impetus to those who will terrorize fellow citizens based on their differences. This is against all that this country stands for.

Now more than ever we must stand up for each other.

Those who voted for this change will get change that will increasingly hurt them. They will be told to blame the “others” for their plight. They will then take their frustrations out on the “others.”

As Ben Franklin said in another time of drastic change “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

Remember the old motto of the US is till the ideal we strive to achieve “E Pluribus Unum (“from many one”). Remember also the phrasing in the Declaration of Independence “All men are created equal.” We must continue to strive to achieve these ideals.

About Dave Bradley

retired in West Liberty
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