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It’s not just Trump that gained power tonight.

It’s the man on the bus touching me, thinking he had a right to my body.

It’s the man who called me a fat cow for telling him to watch where he was going because he almost ran me over.

It’s the saleswoman yelling “WHY DONT YOU SPEAK MY LANGUAGE” to a Muslim man.

It’s my mom telling my sister being gay is a phase.

It’s my classmates saying women wearing revealing clothes are “asking for it”.

When you give one bigot power, you give all of them power.

I wonder from where so many Americans get the idea that voting is supposed to be some expression of your deepest, most beloved values and virtues rather than a pragmatic, political move meant to shift your country as much closer to your ideal as possible. This strikes me as another example of extreme individualism. Voting isn’t about *you*. It’s about your city, state, and/or country. It doesn’t have to feel transcendently good deep down in your bones. It just has to *do* as much good as you can do, in this particular moment in time.

Green Day posted this picture on their Facebook page:

Which, given their history of political opinions, makes sense.

But the comments are fucking wild, man.  Like, did these commentators even listen to any of Green Day’s work?

Buddy, you used Green Day as an escape from politics?  I don’t think you understand how that works.

Yes, yes, Green Day should stay out of politics.  They’ve really been known for the quietness on political events (*sarcasm*).

What are Green Day’s music or public statements makes you think they are willing to sit by and let an authoritarian demagogue rise without protesting that?  He hasn’t said “mean things,” he’s a fucking dictator-in-waiting.

But at least some commentators got it:

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As Susan B. Anthony’s name trends on Twitter — and as people blanket her Rochester, New York, grave in “I Voted” stickers — it’s worth remembering that Anthony’s legacy is a paragon of white feminism. Anthony’s pursuit of women’s rights came with a hefty dose of racism. On its website, the National Women’s History Museum is careful to emphasize that Anthony’s problem wasn’t with black men voting, per se.

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I’d like to take a moment to reflect on one of this countries finest and purest moments.

Trump can spread descrimination and he can even pass anti-LGBTQ legislation but he CANNOT wipe our victory from the slate or void all that we stand for.

History will remember. We will remember. Love will always trump hate. United we stand.

If you voted for the deportation of immigrants, unfollow me.

If you voted for the monitoring of mosques, unfollow me.

If you voted for hate crimes against LGBT+, muslims, latinos, african americans, immigrants and anyone that isn’t Caucasian male, unfollow me.

If you voted for air strikes on Syria, Mosul and Iran, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man that condoned Assad’s attacks on his own country because he was ‘stopping ISIS’, unfollow me.

If you voted for the misogynist who bragged about sexually abusing women, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man who immitated a disabled reporter during a rally, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man who mocked the mother of a US muslim war hero, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man whose campaign was endorsed by the leader of the KKK, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man who blamed gun crime solely on the uneducated and the unemployed, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man with inappropriate views regarding his daughter, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man who demanded to see Obama’s birth certificate because he didn’t believe that Obama was even american, unfollow me.

If you voted for the man whose father was arrested at a KKK rally and refused to rent flats to african americans, unfollow me.

If you voted for Donald Trump, unfollow me.

Fuck off. Get your sorry ass off my blog and contemplate the fact that you have fucked over your entire country.
You have voted for a complete and utter cunt whose decisions will implicate the entire western world.
No, I am not american but I empathise with the millions of people who fought against the impending hatred and bigotry. The fact that you are in for a rough few years due to an apparent morality sabbatical, is daunting. Stay strong America.

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January 20th 2009: Inauguration of Barack Obama

On this day in 2009, eight years ago, Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th President of the United States. That day, Obama made history as the nation’s first African-American President, having successfully defeated Republican candidate John McCain in the 2008 election. January 20th has been the official presidential Inauguration Day since the ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933; previously, new presidents were sworn in on March 4th. Obama’s inauguration was one of the most observed events in global history, with millions watching in person, online, or on television. The day’s theme was ‘A New Birth of Freedom’, which derives from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. Obama was sworn into office by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, who administered the oath of office required by the Constitution in Article Two, Section One, Clause Eight. However, the oath administered to Obama strayed slightly from the exact words specified in the Constitution, and he thus retook the oath the next evening. Obama was re-elected to office in 2012, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. The Obama presidency will be remembered primarily for the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act, the normalisation of relations with Cuba, and his appointments to the Supreme Court. His years in office were also marked by increased partisanship and division in America, and continued instability in the Middle East. Obama leaves office today, to be replaced by Republican Donald Trump, with high approval ratings, leaving a legacy of grace and statesmanship that will not be soon forgotten.