November 5, 2012
"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." -- Winston Churchill
I had a Facebook friend send me a private message the other day, giving me a "tip" that they had heard that if Romney wins the election, that student groups at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, including Albany State University, will riot and that plans are already afoot to resort to violence, up to and including the assassination of Pres-elect Romney.
This utter ridiculousness has also manifested itself in other places. In the Woodstock Community just outside of Atlanta, neighborhoods are agreeing to lock their gates to avoid any issues that might come depending on who is elected.
“I feel it is better to take a position of caution to enhance controlled access to the community until we see what (if any) negative repercussions may occur because of the results of the election,” wrote Bill Stanley, the president of the homeowners’ association at the Cottages of Woodstock, a residential community for people 55 and over," an e-mail from this particular homeowner's association to its members states.
Here's a breaking news flash, nothing will change overnight regardless of who gets elected. Despite his promises, Romney will not change things "on day one," and Obama, if re-elected, will continue to face the same political gridlock that has mired his first term.
Because the problem, at least part of it, rests with Congress, not the presidency. With an approval rating in the teens and twenties at best, this country will send back to Congress a majority of the same folks that many of us say we deplore. We're a little crazy like that, I guess.
And so if Obama is re-elected, he'll still have to try and get legislation passed through a rabidly-Republican House and if Romney is elected, a dastardly-Democratic Senate would hold up his legislation.
Folks just chill. Take a deep breath. And for the love of God stop spreading the hate.