I've been depressed...
I've been depressed and disoriented lately. Frozen; unable to do much of anything but read blogs all day and drink all night. And I haven't known why.
This morning, I was looking at one of those videos of a Palin rally where people are saying they believe Obama is a terrorist. And I realized what the problem is.
I'm terrified of what the yahoos and the evil wing of the Republican party have planned for election day and its aftermath, and what the animal they've been poking will do spontaneously.There are people who believe that a Muslim terrorist stealth candidate is about to become President of the United States.
Sure, they said the Clintons murdered Vince Foster and smuggled drugs. But those kind of stories were not pushed by a mainstream media outlet like Fox, they were not spoken of by the actual Republican candidates, and they are tame allegations in comparison to the ones being made about Obama.
Further, right now we are in very uncertain times, which makes people more volatile. And since Clinton left office, we had the attack on the WTC by Muslim terrorists.
I repeat: There are people who believe that a Muslim terrorist stealth candidate is about to become President of the United States.
Nevermind for the moment how despicable it has been of Republican operatives to foster this kind of calumny, to make fools of low-information citizens.
This sort of rabble rousing is new and unprecedented. And dangerous.
I'm probably being paranoid when I imagine the inflamed Republican base disrupting polling places during voting, or rioting in the days after the election. Probably. But I wish I could be sure.
Labels: McCain, Obama, red meat