checks & balances

This is how it is: Trump gets sworn in January 20th. We’ve still got 2.5-ish months under the Obama Administration. Between now and then there’s the chance to make a media circus out of Donald Trump’s upcoming sexual assault trial, creating more friction between him and his party, giving us at least a little breathing room in congress. He’s appointing three new judges this term, so checks and balances (which weren’t really adjusted well for a two-party system) won’t be in good working condition for the Democrats (which counts third-party and non-voters and basically any minority because welcome to reality). 

So first thing: fight for that media circus. House reps will do ANYTHING for reelection. Friction within the party will force them to pick sides.

Second thing: VOTE IN 2018. Mid-term elections are a thing. ALL 435 SEATS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE CONTESTED. Go out and VOTE. We can win back the house. That’s one victory we sorely need. 33/100 SEATS OF SENATE WILL BE CONTESTED. We can win that back, too. 38 GOVERNORSHIPS WILL BE CONTESTED. If your county’s red, time to turn that around. VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018.

The clock is ticking guys.

There are three things to remember tonight

1) There are 70 days until Donald Trump’s Inauguration. 70 days left of Obama as our President. There’s time. You can breathe.

2) There are Checks and Balances in the way our Government is run specifically to prevent a Dictatorship. While Donald Trump will soon be given a lot of power, it may not be as much as you think. He can’t change anything he wants at the drop of a hat, and he definitely can’t overturn any legislation previously deemed Unconstitutional. This includes Same Sex Marriage and other things. 

Unless he can come up with a new, strong case against it (and the man can barely read, so, doubtful), that won’t stop being a thing. Many other things won’t stop being things the minute he sits in that chair. There’s time. You can breathe.

3) You are worth 100 of Donald Trump. He is a weak, pathetic little man who can only get what he wants by bullying or throwing money at it. Don’t let him take away the freedoms and rights that your predecessors fought tooth and nail for. You can still fight against him by voting in every upcoming local, state, or senate election you can over the next 4 years. By rallying and spreading the word and growing your own politics. 

Don’t give up because the Boogeyman is President. You still have a big, glorious life to live full of new and fantastic experiences and feelings ahead of you. It doesn’t end here. You’re stronger than him. You can outlast this.

what continues to amaze me about trump supporters is if you ask them to explain why they voted for trump they cant give an answer besides I hated Hillary more. 

And then they cant even explain why they hate Hillary. I asked a kid in my class today who voted for trump (a white middle class college boy) why he didn’t like Hillary and I told him to do it without saying the word email or the word women.

He couldn’t do it. He literally had no reason as to why he voted for Trump besides “he’ll be a better president” and “clinton is a liar”


Not a single trump supporter i’ve ever talked to can explain to me why they voted for trump. Not one. They talk themselves through circles because even they know they don’t have a reason. 

We judged a woman on the merits of her husband and held her to a higher standard then her opponent. The same opponent who trashed every known minority and whose approval rating still went up.Because of this a racist cheeto is now going to be our president. 

We must remain strong and we must remain together. We are alive and we will survive. Maybe it wont be as bad as we expect. We must have hope for a better future because without hope we will fall apart. 

tbh I hope we destroy Donald Trump. i want him to feel trapped in this job and trapped in the world he created. i want him to wish that he could leave this position and bail out like he does in his businesses that go bankrupt even though he can’t. i want us to fight him every step of the way and have him hit a brick wall of rebellion every time he tries to do something that could cause major damage. i want to make his life more miserable than republicans made Obama’s by scrutinizing every single move he makes. i want the republicans to start turning against him too so they fight him every step of the way as well. i want us and the media to question everything he does as we persevere through this presidency. i hope that by the end of his term his hideous hair is white and he’s on a breathing tube being wheeled out of the white house. checks and balances Mr. President, get ready for it.


Steve/Tony + complementary qualities

Agender Chowder Headcanons
  • uses he and they pronouns equally
    • hates gendered nouns tho
    • just bc someone’s a ‘he’ doesn’t mean he’s a boy!!!!!!
  • doesn’t id as transmasc or transfem bc they’re not?? masc or fem???
  • doesn’t really id as trans until they get close to nursey 
    • the trans community’s not always great to nb people and chowder doesn’t experience a shitton of dysphoria so???
    • they just kinda think gender doesn’t matter
  • won’t wear makeup because having stuff on their face is sensory hell but chowder loves wearing leggings and skirts and flowy shirts and crop tops and impractical but fashionable layers and boots
    • they can walk in heels better than half of the SWV team and farmer’s teammates are super jealous
    • also they love glitter. so much.
  • has precisely 0 plans to come out to his extended family ever
    • his sister knows and his parents hear enough stories to suspect, but that’s as far as that’s going
  • has a lot of issues with traditional views of androgyny
  • he and nursey bond a LOT over being nb
    • like they were already close but nursey’s the only person chowder’s ever really related to abt this
    • “you don’t like the trans community?”
    • “well i’m not a white binary trans person so….”
    • “that’s fair.”
  • farmer’s bi af so coming out to her wasn’t that big of a deal
    • they are The Cutest Queer couple and everyone is super jealous
    • everytime someone (at pride or queer club or whatever) goes “this isn’t for straight people” they are ready to Fight
    • (chowder’s a goalie y’all they’ve got mad reflexes and a fair amount of anger why is everyone surprised that they give as good as they get?)

In Donald Trump’s America, art is more important than ever

Donald Trump has been elected to the presidency of the United States with virtually no checks or balances. The House of Representatives and the Senate are both in Republican hands. Trump will be able to name at least one, if not more, justices to the Supreme Court. A racist, sexist demagogue will have nearly unlimited power.

So what the hell is the point of arts and entertainment?

It’s tempting at a time like this to withdraw within yourself, to shut everything out and succumb to helplessness. Watching a movie, going to the theater or listening to music feels like a futile exercise right now, an inevitably unsuccessful attempt to escape the storm clouds barreling down upon us.

But as hard as it is to believe right now, the darkest moment in modern American history, art and the artists who create it are more important than ever. They are a voice and a home for the marginalized groups of this country.

At Mic, we often parse the statistics on how well Hollywood, Broadway, the music industry and other artistic platforms are representing marginalized groups. Often, the news isn’t good. There’s tremendous work that must be done to better find and boost female and queer voices. People of color remain remarkably under-included both in front of and behind the camera. None of that work goes away because the president-elect is someone who threatens the pillar of democracy; in fact, it becomes all the more vital.

Art is a venue for speaking out against the powerful. Think of the protest anthems from throughout history: Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” for the civil rights movement, or Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” for the women’s liberation movement. Think of Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun,” protesting the Vietnam War.

Films like Selma serve as megaphones for artists like Ava DuVernay to say something profound about not just the way we lived when Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, but how we do now when protests break out in places like Ferguson, Missouri. Musicals like Hamilton argue for the power and importance of immigrants at a time when Americans elected a man who wants to build a wall to keep them out.

When hate reveals itself, art counters with brilliance. Art counters with inspiration. Art counters with anger. And art counters with love.

— Kevin O’Keefe, arts senior staff writer Mic

anonymous asked:

I want to live by myself when I move out of my parent's place but I'm really afraid of money problems? I'm afraid that the only place I can afford will be in the ghetto and it'll all be torn apart and I'll only be allowed to eat one granola bar a week. I'm really stressing out about this. I don't know anything about after school life. I don't know anything about paying bills or how to buy an apartment and it's really scaring me. is there anything you know that can help me?

HI darling,

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Once you’ve looked over all those cool links, I have some general advice for you on how you can have some sort of support system going for you:

Reasons to move out of home

You may decide to leave home for many different reasons, including:

  • wishing to live independently
  • location difficulties – for example, the need to move closer to university
  • conflict with your parents
  • being asked to leave by your parents.

Issues to consider when moving out of home

It’s common to be a little unsure when you make a decision like leaving home. You may choose to move, but find that you face problems you didn’t anticipate, such as:

  • Unreadiness – you may find you are not quite ready to handle all the responsibilities.
  • Money worries – bills including rent, utilities like gas and electricity and the cost of groceries may catch you by surprise, especially if you are used to your parents providing for everything. Debt may become an issue.
  • Flatmate problems – issues such as paying bills on time, sharing housework equally, friends who never pay board, but stay anyway, and lifestyle incompatibilities (such as a non-drug-user flatting with a drug user) may result in hostilities and arguments.

Your parents may be worried

Think about how your parents may be feeling and talk with them if they are worried about you. Most parents want their children to be happy and independent, but they might be concerned about a lot of different things. For example:

  • They may worry that you are not ready.
  • They may be sad because they will miss you.
  • They may think you shouldn’t leave home until you are married or have bought a house.
  • They may be concerned about the people you have chosen to live with.

Reassure your parents that you will keep in touch and visit regularly. Try to leave on a positive note. Hopefully, they are happy about your plans and support your decision.

Tips for a successful move

Tips include:

  • Don’t make a rash decision – consider the situation carefully. Are you ready to live independently? Do you make enough money to support yourself? Are you moving out for the right reasons?
  • Draw up a realistic budget – don’t forget to include ‘hidden’ expenses such as the property’s security deposit or bond (usually four weeks’ rent), connection fees for utilities, and home and contents insurance.
  • Communicate – avoid misunderstandings, hostilities and arguments by talking openly and respectfully about your concerns with flatmates and parents. Make sure you’re open to their point of view too – getting along is a two-way street.
  • Keep in touch – talk to your parents about regular home visits: for example, having Sunday night dinner together every week.
  • Work out acceptable behaviour – if your parents don’t like your flatmate(s), find out why. It is usually the behaviour rather than the person that causes offence (for example, swearing or smoking). Out of respect for your parents, ask your flatmate(s) to be on their best behaviour when your parents visit and do the same for them.
  • Ask for help – if things are becoming difficult, don’t be too proud to ask your parents for help. They have a lot of life experience.

If your family home does not provide support

Not everyone who leaves home can return home or ask their parents for help in times of trouble. If you have been thrown out of home or left home to escape abuse or conflict, you may be too young or unprepared to cope.

If you are a fostered child, you will have to leave the state-care system when you turn 18, but you may not be ready to make the sudden transition to independence.

If you need support, help is available from a range of community and government organisations. Assistance includes emergency accommodation and food vouchers. If you can’t call your parents or foster parents, call one of the associations below for information, advice and assistance.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • Kids Helpline Tel. 1800 55 1800
  • Lifeline Tel. 13 11 44
  • Home Ground Services Tel. 1800 048 325
  • Relationships Australia Tel. 1300 364 277
  • Centrelink Crisis or Special Help Tel. 13 28 50
  • Tenants Union of Victoria Tel. (03) 9416 2577

Things to remember

  • Try to solve any problems before you leave home. Don’t leave because of a fight or other family difficulty if you can possibly avoid it.
  • Draw up a realistic budget that includes ‘hidden’ expenses, such as bond, connection fees for utilities, and home and contents insurance.
  • Remember that you can get help from a range of community and government organizations. 


Keep me updated? xx

It’s not so much that I’m scared of Trump becoming president. I know he’s bound by laws and the checks and balances of government, despite all the branches being a Republic majority.

It’s that I’m scared that his followers will feel justified in their racist, sexist, all-around terrible actions.

And I’m scared that, in the end, there will be no punishment, because hey, if the President does it, then what’s the problem?

When I first heard Donald Trump was running for president I thought it was a joke.

It’s still a joke, but it’s not funny any more.
Court Denies DOJ Request For Stay; Trump Immigration Order Remains Suspended
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a Trump administration request to halt a suspension of the Trump order. It means the order remains suspended.

I’m currently LIVING for the judiciary branch. 

(Ok, so I’m a lawyer and I’m always living for the judiciary branch.  But I’m extra proud of them today, ok?)

In other news, I’m a little concerned that some Americans don’t seem to know about our system of checks and balances?


A little over a year ago, now vice president Mike Pence opposed a ban on Muslims. Yesterday, he applauded it.

In his executive order to temporarily ban refugees from entering the U.S., Trump is careful not to use the words “Islam” or “Muslim,” but the order does ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, a directive that has caused some chaos at several U.S. airports as citizens from the banned countries are being detained.

Trump, who often criticized Obama of being autocratic by signing too many executive orders, is himself circumventing the checks and balances of congressional review and oversight as he has in one week signed at least 10.

also i know trump can’t say everything he does or says because of checks and balances or whatnot. but i’m still scared because someone this disgusting is our president. i’m still scared because of all the racist shit suddenly happening. i’m still scared for the next 4 years