Election night viewing party at the ACA


If you live in Austin and want a friendly place to watch the election results roll in, please come join us at the ACA building, 1507 W Koenig Lane, Tuesday night. We’ll open up at 6 PM and still until whenever we feel like it. Bring your own food, bring your own bottle, share or don’t as you see fit.

You can RSVP on Facebook.

Comments

  1. EnlightenmentLiberal says

    Stopping in to say fuck me, fuck my life, fuck America, and just fuck everything.

    That is all.

  2. Patrick67 says

    I am 68 years old, closing in on 69 in about three months. I’ve seen more than my share of BS in politics over the years, but despite being disappointed by the outcomes of certain elections, I can truly say that I have never been disappointed in America and most of its electorate….until last night. It has been devastating to see just how racist, bigoted, and filled with hatred, so many Americans have become. It scares the shit out of me to think just how partisan America has become. I have always been somewhat conservative fiscally, mostly middle of the road when it comes to defense and the military, but I have always had a deeply liberal view on social issues. I am scared to death by the thought of Donald Trump being in charge of our nation for one day, much less four years. It frightens me that there are so many people out there that see the world only in black and white, blue or red, conservative or liberal. For the first time in my life I am worried for our nations future to a level I’ve never felt before. Despite my age, I have no desire to live in the 1950s again. I want to live in the future with a feeling of hope and justice for everyone. I, as a citizen of the United States, want to see everyone in this country, regardless of race, gender, orientation, age, religion or lack of it, political affiliation, to all have the same rights and privileges and opportunities to be the best we can. Is that too much to ask?

  3. Chancellor of the Exchequer says

    Today is gonna be a helluva day, I don’t have to work and I get to soak up everything America and the world has to throw into the air. Viva la sentient dorito overload supreme!!!

    I knew it would be close(in terms of votes) but I believed that Hill would win, the fervour of Trump supporters won out in the end. I’m not gonna ‘if’ ‘and’ or ‘but’ about the past today.

    Hopefully this shocks the Democratic party away from the trajectory it’s been heading in. A rehaul of views is needed.

    On the lookout for any hate crimes, brexit protocol is in place for the US.

  4. says

    I wonder if the Republicans think the Democrats are going to forget the 8 solid years of Republican obstructioninsm… even if it was hypocritical to dish it back.

  5. SurelyYewJest says

    “Hopefully this shocks the Democratic party away from the trajectory it’s been heading in.”

    They aren’t coming. Period.

    They’ve had 40 years to respond and after last night, they have no teeth left.
    No majorities.
    No hope for the Supreme Court.
    No presidency.
    All they have are a handful of blue states and their governors to buck the federal trends that are certain to knock on the door over the next 4 years.

    They caved on the 2000 election recount. They caved to Bush on almost everything and in a disgusting twist of irony, are now seen as the party that maintained a war that spent us into oblivion. When they had 2 years of control and a historic, new Democratic President, they chased GOP coattails in an openly vain attempt at bipartisanship the other side hadn’t cared about since Bush’s father. And given The Democratic Party’s insouciant pragmatism over the last 14 years, they have, over the last six months, evolved into craven pragmatism in lame attempts to save whatever seats they have left so that the authoritarians won’t just summarily dismiss them. In hindsight, their Neville Chamberlain moment passed a long time ago.

    I don’t mean to besmirch real progressives out there that happen to be Democrats, but they have been far too few and far between in elected office, and the Democratic Party, which should have been funding them the last 2 decades, clearly don’t care about them.

    Our parties are done and gone. The names are simply labels at this point, and the unbearable truth has come to pass: the Dems are officially just GOP lite. In terms of political stratification, there are now the new authoritarians, a small set of rational conservatives that were forced out of the GOP, and the shapeless malaise of center-left-to-left-leaning groups and individuals.

    Our experiment is done.

  6. Murat says

    Maybe by saying these, Zizek was laying out a map to follow for Americans in case of this undesired result:

  7. EnlightenmentLiberal says

    I wonder if the Republicans think the Democrats are going to forget the 8 solid years of Republican obstructioninsm… even if it was hypocritical to dish it back.

    Didn’t the Republicans win majorites in the senate and house? I see no reason why they won’t change the senate rules and remove the filibuster, or just override any filibuster. The Republicans can pass whatever legislation they want with little to no checks. The Democrats are powerless. They cannot be obstructionists when they don’t have a majority in the three legislative branches (house, senate, presidency). Every single Republican fantasy will likely come to pass, all of their desired legislation, with the exception of whatever SCOTUS will block, and SCOTUS will not block much at all.

    IMHO, we’re likely to see the complete repeal of the affordable care act. We’re likely to see a gutting of the EPA. Climate change is probably doomed (but it was probably doomed anyway because the Democrats are anti-nuclear). We’re likely to see drastic gutting or repeals of many social safety nets, including social security, medicare, food stamps. With one more SCOTUS judge death, best case scenario is that abortion will be practically or actually illegal in many US states; worst case scenario is that abortion will be illegal in all US states. It’s possible that adults might even lose the right to buy condoms with the right SCOTUS nominations. You name, it can and likely will happen.

    The only solace is that SCOTUS will probably protect basic free speech, and probably will prevent the more severe theocratic shenanigans, even if Trump gets 2 or 3 SCOTUS judges.

    The country is so unbelievably fucked.

  8. Chancellor of the Exchequer says

    I’m becoming a believer in that, SYJ.

    The vast reaction of democrats I’ve seen is not one of identifying causal factors for this result but rather finger pointing. I may not be in America rn but the weight of this result is too heavy for my legs. I’ve developed a severe migraine.

  9. Monocle Smile says

    @Chancellor
    The finger pointing is due to the preventable nature of this abomination. Lots and lots of people who didn’t vote for Trump spent far too much time posting smear jobs of Clinton. So many conspiracies from the ’90s came back into the spotlight and of course, somehow the facts of Benghazi were utterly forgotten in favor of bad fiction.

    I’m afraid EL’s analysis is pretty accurate. We need to survive 2 years, overhaul the House, survive 2 more years, then elect people who will punch back instead of work way too hard to play nice (like what happened Obama’s first 2 years).

  10. Chancellor of the Exchequer says

    Yeah, the attacks by the people on Hillary were quite effective and it surely helped clear the part toward the guillotine we’re staring up at now. The brushing it off didn’t help either(most were shallow/just baseless anyway so I understand.)

    The anti-trump protests are gaining ground in the media, hopefully they continue to grow. The fire of the resolve to stop this madness needs to stay alight.

  11. EnlightenmentLiberal says

    To Monocle Smile
    I’m pretty pessimistic. It sounds like the midterm for the senate will be really bad for Democrats based on who’s up for reelection.

    IMO, the problem in short is that this country has always been filled with white supremacist racist assholes, about half the population, and now it’s becoming ok again to be white supremacist in the open with any dog whistles. Plus the last 30 years of right wing echo chamber, rise of religious extremism, and the rise of anti-intellectualism, combined with the rise of blind partisanship and tribalism.

    It seems likely that we’re going to move backwards 30 years as a society, and depending on SCOTUS appointments, the damage might linger for many decades.

    In a more reasonable time, the major party might respect convention, specifically senate filibuster. However, the modern Republicans are anything but reasonable. They see a chance for complete victory, and I will be surprised if they do not take it. They will take the so-called nuclear option, and remove the filibuster. Anyone moderate Republican who doesn’t go along for the ride will get primaried by teapartiers.

    But really in short, the problem is that half of the American population are fucking insufferable, deplorable, racist, anti-intellectual, tribalistic, libertarian, selfish, foolish, assholes. That is something that took 30 years to build, and it’s not something that we can fix quickly. Even if we manage to miraculously take back any of the legislative branches, we’re so so fucked. My outlook right now is so grim.

    PS:
    I might become motivated enough to see if I can actually start or participate in two separate grassroots efforts:

    1- Remove electoral college. This can be done by states amendments.

    2- Change the national presidential elections and senate and house elections to be instant run-off instead of first-past-the-post. Or anything else really. Anything but the current scheme. I know that instant run-off is not much better, and I have a lot of research to do, but instant run-off would still be amazingly better. This would require a federal constitutional amendment, and that is super hard.

    For the longer term, I am now convinced that what we need as a culture and society is to legally require that all elementary, middle, and high schools must be integrated by busing, nationwide. I’m talking hardcore busing, where by lottery some students must go to schools that are far away. Ideally, by constitutional amendment, that requires the federal congress to do it, and requires the courts to require the congress to do it. I’m very, very serious here. Racism of this kind can only survive in a culture of segregation, and especially during the formative years, especially elementary. That’s what we need to attack. God knows how we get there from where we are now.

  12. Monocle Smile says

    @EL
    There’s some irony here. The electoral college was in part originally formed to prevent the people from electing someone completely unfit to hold office.
    The system can work provided protections against gerrymandering. Of course, good luck getting that done.

    As much as I want to say you’re overblowing things…I really can’t, not when schools in the south had their first integrated high school proms only in the past decade.

    Lots and lots of people on social media are claiming that the media has distorted Trump’s image massively. The selection of Mike Pence shoots this down in the worst way. Trump is every bit as bad as he’s portrayed and probably worse. He’s going to be prone to extreme behavior, and the President has more control over the armed forces than I’m comfortable with.

  13. Murat says

    I finally managed to post some sort of a reply / comment on the election discussion, in two parts, to #25 and #68 of the thread regarding episode 20:44.
    I’d like to add here that I’m sorry for the outcome, but hoping that the spirit and system of the USA will somehow absorb and disarm the obvious threats that rise with this result. This is important not just for US citizens, but for anyone elsewhere who does not want to witness the rise of a certain ideologies.
    And I think that the, comes with the multi-layered structure of US elections a weird, sort of innate multitude of a possible “twisted result” (be there a significant rig or not) which many argue to be “antidemocratic” with respect to the fact that she who got more votes simply lost.

  14. Murat says

    I finally managed to post some sort of a reply / comment on the election discussion, in two parts, to #25 and #68 of the thread regarding episode 20:44.
    I’d like to add here that I’m sorry for the outcome, but hoping that the spirit and system of the USA will somehow absorb and disarm the obvious threats that rise with this result. This is important not just for US citizens, but for anyone elsewhere who does not want to witness the rise of certain ideologies.
    And I think that, comes with the multi-layered structure of US elections a weird, sort of innate multitude of a possible “twisted result” (be there a significant rig or not) which many argue to be “antidemocratic” with respect to the fact that she who got more votes simply lost.

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