Tuesday, October 16, 2012
On one of the forums I visit, a user posted a Twitter feed of various users who called for riots if Romney were to win the election. I'm not trying to be an alarmist, I really think such an event would be very unlikely to happen. But it did give me something to think about. After the last election, my views on the meaninglessness and futility of electoral politics became starker than it's ever been. Mainly, the reason why I gave up and will not vote anymore is for the same reason as many others who don't vote: we don't see a dime's worth of difference between the (paltry) two candidates and their positions on major issues of consequence. But at the same time, there is a major, clear difference between the two candidates, and the same clear difference existed in the last election. That is, one candidate is black and the other is white. And for many people, including some of those who are non-political and usually do not vote, that one difference is all that they need to register and vote.
While many would say that people becoming inspired enough to want to vote is a good thing, in this circumstance, I feel that it can be very negative and destructive. While there are people out there who can articulate and voice clear reasons and motives for voting for their respective candidate, I believe that there is an alarming variety of people who stop at the race issue. They may not say it in public, especially whites for Romney, but they hold that view just the same. I posted a few months ago about Romney speaking to the NAACP and getting booed numerous times. That kind of viciousness displayed on the part of the audience showed how many blacks feel about Romney or any white candidate for that matter: if you are white and run against a black candidate, no matter what views you hold, even if we share them, we will oppose you and will not give you the time of day because you do not share the same color as Obama. Again, very inflammatory and dangerous circumstances exist.
I found the second tweet particularly of concern.