I am increasingly wondering. But not because I think he is a particularly bad president. But because of what america has become.
For a good decade now, certainly since 9/11, and certainly accelerated since the election of Obama, we have seen a rise in fear, hate, and intolerance in america. A radical shift to the right in a not insignificant portion of america. A rise in racism, nationalism, and hate groups. An increasing intrancience- a belief among many that we are right- and everyone else is wrong- and if they don’t follow us we are doomed. A rise in gun sales, and a rise in people heavily arming themselves. A rise in the belief that communists, marxists, socialists are lurking in every shadow- and must be rooted out and destroyed. A rise in “news” sources that play on fear and hatred, and a rise in people who no longer have any meaningful contact with news sources that challenge their beliefs.
So what will see if Obama wins another 4 years? In the late 60’s we came perilously close to an uprising. But thankfully the left isfar less inclined to guns and violence. But unlike today….as Jim morrsion said “They’ve got the guns but we’ve got the numbers”. Today those on the far right are much smaller then they have been led to believe.
So will we see a small violent uprising- and the predictable outcome? Another Timothy McVeigh style attack? The extreme radicalization of a few state governments? Or will we see just an increased level of bickering- and maybe a backlash from the more moderate majority on the right? Or something else?