What does it feel like living abroad in unpresidented times?

I can only speak for myself, but I feel alone. People here are freaking out about Brexit. Someone who I want to be friends with said that Trump is 4 years, 8 years max (it sounds like a prison sentence: 8 years, 4 with good behavior), but Brexit is forever. Maybe so, but I don’t think the amount of damage they can do is comparable. How many people will die because of Brexit? I can’t find any data, other than Jo Cox. He Who Must Not Be Named will kill more than 43,000 a year just from repealing the ACA. This does not count dead soldiers in the needless wars he will start, dead civilians from the terrorist attacks that will occur because he emboldens ISIS and domestic terrorists and will not read intelligence briefings.

I also feel helpless. What can I do from here? All the “action items” or whatever I’m hearing about are to call a senator or march. Yeah, I can calculate the time difference and pay way too much for a long distance call in the hopes that I won’t be on hold for too long and will actually get through. So I spend my time writing emails that will never be opened or using “contact me!” forms that limit me to 1000 characters fewer than I need. If you have any answers, let me know.

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I'm a freelance writer living in Baltimore with my husband, son, and two cats. I'm working on editing my first novel. I love reading, traveling, and the cello.
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5 Responses to What does it feel like living abroad in unpresidented times?

  1. I understand your feeling of helplessness. Probably you’re already aware of this, but in case you aren’t, it might help: https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

    These were the organizers of the massive Women’s March this past Saturday, and they’re trying to turn that amazing energy into real, positive action. They’re proposing 10 actions in 100 days, and only the first of the 10 actions has been posted. It involves mailing postcards. I don’t know whether that’s something you’d want to do.

    The other 9 actions that are to come might have some ideas as well. I sympathize with your being concerned about being able to take action from so far away. I have some friends in Canada who are similarly horrified at it all but don’t know what they can do. Other than that, social media campaigns might be an option.

    Email me? I might be able to give you some more suggestions. Do you have my email address?

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