Sanity Injection

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From a crackpot comes a warning

Posted by sanityinjection on October 31, 2008

Far-left wing nut author Erica Jong is in hysterics over the chance that Obama might not win. As reported by the New York Observer,

Jong says her fear that Obama might lose the election has developed into an “obsession. A paralyzing terror. An anxious fever that keeps you awake at night.”….”Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can’t cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves. My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium.”…”If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it’s not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets.”

Of course, it’s easy to dismiss such ravings. But we shouldn’t, because Jong, who has the political intelligence of a marmoset, is merely parroting things she has been hearing from her other friends on the Left. Even in the ranting of a psychopath, there can be a grain of truth, and here it is: Jong is warning us that the Obama campaign will not play by the rules if they lose.

Of course, by this I do not mean a civil war or a race war or anything as sensationalist as all that. Anyone who flogs such canards is disgracefully irresponsible. What I mean is this: In a democratic society, we all accept the principle that if you lose the vote, you accept it, congratulate your opponent, and retire to fight another day. If Obama is elected President, you can be sure that’s what the Republicans will do. (Notice that for all her paranoid view of Republicans as evil fascists, Jong is not losing sleep because she thinks *Republicans* will start the civil war if Obama *wins*.)

But Jong is only one of several voices on the left hinting at the fact that if Obama loses, his campaign will not accept it. They believe with a Messianic fervor that the Presidency is their destiny and their right, and that only racism could possibly take it away. Of course, Obama himself will take the high road, but his campaign will demand recounts in every state and his supporters will riot in the streets. Like a child who runs away with the ball when the game doesn’t go their way, they will paralyze our country until our fear of chaos and instability leads us to give in to their demands. Or so they believe.

I know there are many good and decent Obama supporters who will say this is total nonsense. And I hope for all our sakes that they are right and I am wrong. But I am not convinced that they know who their political bedfellows really are.


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