Hope. Change. Riot Police?

No problem mon.

No problem mon.

My father always ‘had a thing’ about visiting Jamaica. On one occasion when I had the opportunity to visit the  island with him, he said, “Pay attention to what you see. Someday this will come to the United States.”  Considering that he probably had more than a couple of Planters Punches in him, I kind of wrote off what he said, but I did pay attention, then and on subsequent trips. Once I looked past what appeared to be a diverse, multi-cultural society and picked up the local paper I saw the cracks behind the facade. I observed five dollar a gallon gasoline, sky high interest rates, rampant inflation, gang violence, after-dark ‘no-go’ zones in cities, the routine use of semi-automatic weapons in the streets in at least one of the major cities, a socialist  candidate, and election “unrest.” Never thought I’d see the last two here in the U.S. but he’s batted 100% on the other items. From “The Hill”:

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.

Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors. source

Here’s hoping that Election Night 2008 doesn’t make the U.S. look like a Third World country.

UPDATE: Don’t believe that post-election riots will occur? Read the comments here at this left-wing blog. Three sample comments:

John McClain says at 3:32 pm, October 22nd, 2008
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If John McCain wins the election, I’m punching the nearest 80 year old white man in the face.

Giant Robot says at 10:10 pm, October 22nd, 2008
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People will riot in the streets if the repubs steal an election? About fucking time.

rocktonsammy says at 7:34 pm, October 22nd, 2008
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This will be screwed up by Florida, then we go down there and go after those damn Jews, again…

Un-frickin-believable. Racism, ageism, misogyny, and antisemitism. The new face of the Democratic Party.

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