In 2016, I thought things were as bad as they could get. As bad as they could possibly get. We'd just elected a liar, woman-molester, con artist, all around asshole to be the president.
The next few years seemed uneventful, for those not paying attention. He distracted with his obvious incompetence, his irrationality, his inability to speak in complete, or rational, sentences. We made fun of his obvious inability to comprehend complex sentences.
What we didn't pay attention to was that with his cronies, he put on the federal bench over 300 federal judges, for life. Most of them unqualified, with the only 'qualification' that they would be loyal trumpites, and they would rule however he wanted. Nothing else was required or wanted.
We didn't pay attention. Meanwhile, trump's followers continued to metastasize through out the land. School boards, city councils. dog catchers, whatever. A minority then and now, they started to cement their minority rule over the majority. Their success was amazing. We made vague protestations.
Now, 6 years later, here we are. Roe V. Wade is history. It's likely when the trumpites (don't call them the gop, or republicans, they are the trumpites) win the house and senate majority they will go much further than the mere banning of abortion re Roe V Wade. They will want a federal ban on abortion. McConnell has already confirmed this.
What next? It's as bad as your worst imaginings. Picture a ban on Gay Marriage. Also, picture DOMA in it's resurgence. Then gone any LGBTQ rights. States making any reference to women's rights, ala FL's 'don't say gay' illegal. Picture bounties offered by states to people who'll 'denounce' any woman seeking abortion...spouse, mom, daughter, you get 10K if you rat on them. Sounds like the former GDR Stasi, eh?
I don't think it ends there. I think we're at the wet dream of Martha Mitchell, the 'Mouth of the South', wife of John Mitchell, of Nixon fame. She once said for the cameras "We're going to take this country so far to the right you won't recognise it!"
Well Martha, took a bit longer, but you got it.
My advise to my kids, and they are taking, and to everyone is to get out. Get out of this wretched once a slightly tolerable country. Get out.