If Romney wins definitively I do not believe there will be serious race based riots.
Which is to say I’d expect scattered nonsense to erupt here and there as it fits the Obama Pod mentality, but nothing on a national scale. The key word in the first sentence is “definitively”, which in the post Florida 2000 world means by 3-5% and a solid majority in the Electoral college.
The possibility of riots is being discussed openly in some quarters. This is upsetting. I find it patronizing to black Americans. To many – of all races – come to this from an unconscious assumption that black Americans are petulant, crazed children who might have a violent fit if Obama loses. This is a false and offensive image. Thomas Sowell’s comments here are unhelpful. Sowell can say whatever he wants, of course. But his reasoning is suspect, condescending and plays into the scare tactics of the current crop of Obamatons. Which is odd as he’s a conservative.
Progs have queued up the “stolen election” narrative. If Romney wins they will run with it. We already know they’re perfectly willing to pour gasoline, light matches and not care who gets immolated. They really don’t care if downtown Detroit or Watts is torched. They take it as proof of their all important grievance narrative. Their real attitude: Screw the people in those neighborhoods. They exist to prove us right. If a few dozen mom and pops go up in smoke it’s for the greater good…which is to say re-electing Obama…which is to say proving wrong all those mean-old-white-daddies-who-won’t-give-us-free-stuff.
Louis Farrakhan’s race baiting bigotry here dovetails with the belligerent childishness among the progs. And it’s fully within Obama’s Chicago wheelhouse to use the genuine scare tactic of a mob to try to stay in power. I question the Obama cabal’s stomach for the obvious eventualities of such a tactic though. The only acceptable response from a President to race riots would be to call for calm and send in the national guard. Anything less and he’d be unable to govern without a military junta – which he isn’t going to happen – not with this President. Obama couldn’t rally a division of one branch to his side. Much less the entire military.
The periodic dark fantasies about race wars exist in a world in which the races are equal in numbers in the U.S. These fantasies are often, but not always, indulged in by white men working off the historical fear of being killed by slaves while sleeping. Which, at the time, was a legitimate fear one supposes. I’d sleep with one eye open too if I’d enslaved millions. Drudge partakes every so often. Alex Jones world view can’t exist without an eruption of some sort that invites a military takeover. Potential race riots are naturally part of his schtick.
The reality is that those who’d find race riots appalling after an election far out number those who’d riot. Progs for their part would stay indoors in their white neighborhoods and tweet while sipping Perrier. That’s how most of them “riot”. 140 characters – with Maddow or QVC lilting in from the other room. The Twitterverse is twittering about riots if Obama loses. So what? It ought not be taken too seriously or too lightly. For most “tweeters” the tweet is the beginning and end of the protest.
If Romney wins a razor-thin election would Obama provoke a Constitutional and military crisis by not putting a halt to riots? Yes. Yes he would…if he could win the battle. He can’t. If Obama were to go to war after a close Romney win he’d be defeated. Like them or not, as of 2010 the other side is larger, more organized, and utterly unwilling to roll over. If the election ends up being in doubt the lawyers will have the final say. Again. On that front Obama could well win.
Race is an issue that is fading fast. So fast that many who’ve constructed their entire lives around identity politics haven’t noticed they are dinosaurs…yet. The battle lines now are generational. (Don’t blame me for this. I’m merely reporting the weather.) This divide will become unmistakeable sometime…hmmm…in December I suspect. “Fiscal cliff” is our current code phrase for this battle. Listen closely. The argument is actually about one large, aging generation versus the ones coming into their prime now.
In the mean time those indulging their apocalyptic fantasies about race wars ought to shut up. Or at least think long and hard about who they are actually serving. And who they actually harm.
Anita and I will have a post-debate round-up at 7:30pm Tuesday. Click here to listen.