I need to say something that I’ve been scared to voice:
I’m afraid that Barack Obama is going to be assassinated.
I’m hoping that by saying that it means it isn’t going to come true. This isn’t necessarily something that I truly believe is going to happen, but I worry about it. Really worry.
Mom, do you remember ages ago, I think when Clinton was still president, when we were sitting around the dinner table talking about Colin Powell potentially running for president? You said that you really liked him, but you hoped he wouldn’t run because you were afraid that some racist would kill him. I can’t get that conversation out of my head. I can’t even believe that I still remember it, but here I am.
I was especially struck by this yesterday because I spent some time reading the comments at a Sarah Palin support site. They scared me. Not because there were outright threats or even outright racism, but because those people are delusional. They were posting all these comments about Obama being a terrorist (WTF?), not being an American citizen (Really. Have y’all heard this ludicrous idea that he was actually born in Kenya to a different father? It’s so bizarre and ridiculous), that he’s some communist Manchurian Candidate who’s going to rule this country like he’s Stalin…it’s scary. The worst are the people who believe that Obama winning would be an insult to their “Christian” God. They believe that God doesn’t want Obama to win and if he does it is somehow are perversion of his will? (I seriously don’t understand these people…if they believe that everything is God’s will, then wouldn’t that show them that God wanted Obama to win?)
I’m scared that ultra-conservatives are able to justify anything in order to put their cause forward. And to defend their cause.
And these aren’t even the people who hate him just because he’s a black man. At least their hatred is predictable. I’m still worried about what they will do, but they don’t scare me like the ultra-conservatives.
Y’all calm me down.