So, I voted today as you can tell by my status message.
Allow me to state the obvious and say that I voted for Obama.
However, no matter who wins today, the country is going to change. The America we knew and grew discontent with over the last 8 years won't be the same when January comes. Depending on who you are, it could be a good thing or a bad thing....or just a thing.
McCain isn't going to fix the economy for shit. He's got his Senator's salary, his pension checks, and a Menopausal Paris Hilton by his side. He can live to be 100, he's fucking set as long as his wife's inheritance doesn't go belly up. (And she drifts racecars for a hobby, so guess who's her beneficiary?)
So, what does he care if a bunch of poor people don't have electricity? They're poor. They have it coming. As long as his housekeepers show up to his multiple houses on time to clean them, what does it matter to him?
We can, however, rely on him to do one of the following:
a) fuck up so bad in Iraq that we'll NEVER leave.
b) fix everything in Iraq, only to ship the troops off to Iran ASAP.
So, yeah, unless they get told directly to GTFO, they're there for the long haul if McCain wins. Better kiss them goodbye now.
As for Obama, he'll fix the economy, it's part of his job as a Democrat. Remember how well we were doing while Clinton was in office? Yeah, exactly.
And he'll hopefully figure out how to get at least half the troops out of Iraq by the end of his first term. I'm just asking for half, but I'd prefer all. Now whether he'll re-deploy them to Afghanistan is another matter. I don't have any problem with him doing that. BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE!
Anyway, he'd better win since everyone has declared him the Second Coming of JFK.
No matter who wins tonight, I know this much....a large group of people will be pissed. The question is whether it'll be to the point of rioting or civil unrest, and where will it happen.
If McCain wins, and Black people start rioting, I will be totally embarrassed. That would be the One Thing that would fuck it up for everybody. That's the One Thing that will guarantee that there won't be another Black Presidential candidate for DECADES. It's a stupid fear, I admit, but it's a valid one.
If Obama wins, the rednecks will go batshit. We've already had two failed assassination attempts, but thankfully, they were by unorganized idiots. The next one might not be so unorganized. Again, a stupid fear, but a valid one.
On top of that, we're long overdue for a President to die in office. Some of you are aware of the curse, but let me break it down for those of you who aren't.
When William Henry Harrison was elected to office in 1840, he came down with pneumonia and died about a month after he took office in 1841.
Since 1840, the President is marked for death every 20 years.
Lincoln was elected in 1860, and died in 1865.
Garfield was elected in 1880, and died in 1881.
McKinley was elected in 1900, and died in 1901.
Harding was elected in 1920,
F.D.R. was elected in 1940, and died in 1945.
Kennedy was elected in 1960, and died in 1963.
Reagan (1980)managed to escape the curse, but barely. Remember Hinckley did manage to shoot him, but he lived.
And according to Wikipedia, Bush managed to evade 2 attempts over the last 8 years. One guy was just firing a handgun at the White House. The other attempt was a live grenade thrown at him 3 years ago. Both were less than 6 months after being elected.
That too many near misses, if you ask me. Call me superstitious, tell me I watch "Final Destination" too many times, but no matter who wins, one of them is going to die in office. It may not be tomorrow, or the day after the inauguration, or even a week, a month, or a year, but I see it happening. They both have an equal chance of being gunned down by a crackpot. However, McCain is also old and a cancer survivor, so the odds are very much against him.
And that's why you should never ask about the things that rattle around in my head.