I’ve had a few thoughts I’ve been trying to work out over this election and I think I shall go on the record with them.
Regardless of the outcome, there will be violence. I don’t know the scope of the violence, but at best it will be riots in Detroit, LA, ect. Here’s why:
Let us imagine that Obama is not elected. Cries of foul play and stolen elections will be picked up as well as charges of racism. This simple fact will be enough to spark riots in those cities that do nothing but wait around for an excuse to riot.
Now let us assume Obama is elected. Again cries of stolen elections will arise over issues with ACORN, ect. I’m not sure how well this nation’s patriots are going to feel if they become convinced that a socialist has stolen the white house. More likely though I foresee violence as a product of when the masses that saw Obama as a messiah figure who will bring “change” discovers that he’s just a run-of-the-mill politician who is dirty and corrupt. These people will give up on the political process completely.
This is the best case scenario. Deeper violence is possible. Listening to the crowds at McCain campaigns calling Obama a traitor and a terrorist leave us in a sticky situation because it’s hard to make a good argument that he isn’t these things (well, not a terrorist, but a traitor). The level of hate and the idealogical divide between our sides has only been replicated twice in our history.
The first time was the “Revolution of 1800” when New England threatened to secede over a Jefferson victory. The second time was the period leading up to the Civil War. I can’t say for sure what will set everything off, only that I’m very much convinced that the time is coming soon where we’re going to have to pick a side.