Here's what many have failed to realize:
The Republicans will have total control over all three branches of government, and the armed forces. They also control 33 state legislatures. Considering the views of the man who will be moving into the Oval Office, and the views of those with whom he has surrounded himself, there will be changes which will affect generations to come.
The President-elect of the Red and White States of America (RWSA) [one can't use the word United] has already tried to suppress the media by telling them they would not be allowed to cover today's meeting with the current administration. For now, anyway, President Obama controls the White House Press Corps. Considering that the RWSA President-elect hates the media, once he takes office he can revoke press credentials of any member of the media, any time he likes.
He has already called in law enforcement to push peaceful protesters away from his building in New York City. Once he takes office, he can call in the military.
To use a cliche, those things are only the tip of the iceberg of change to come. Once he has the power of Executive Order, once the Republicans get his "very conservative judges" (his words) in place, they will be unstoppable. Look what happened with Citizens United. And look to the gutting of the Voting Rights Act before Justice Scalia died. That very act of defiance of the conservative wing of the US Supreme Court is part of the reason we have the current election results.
As President Obama stated yesterday morning as he addressed the nation, "The sun came up." and we will see "the peaceful transfer of power." But, once the President of the RWSA, and the Republicans - who have already declared this "a mandate" - get the taste of unstoppable power, you may be witnessing a transfer of power for the last time for years to come. I'm not saying it will be, I'm saying it could be.
"Fasten your seat belts,"
"it's going to be a bumpy ride."
The actual line: "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night."