March 20, 2009


Sometimes I read a news story that just really annoys me. This is one of them. Not only are people getting upset about human on human violence in videogames, it is now too much to have violence against animals in a game. Fake violence, with fake animals.

Also, let it be known that I will gladly commit acts of violence against any dog named Winnie the Pooh. Honestly, are these people sane? Do they really think that people cannot tell the difference between shooting a dog in a game and acting violently towards animals in real life?

Internet there is wide speculation that there will be riots on election night.

The thing that really bothers me, is that everything I read about potential riots keeps pointing back to race. Among conservatives, it is believed that any rioting done will be by blacks, in either a win or lose scenario. Even among the more liberal minds, there still appears to be an idea that any rioting will be because of the race factor

While race is definitely a factor in this election, it is not the only reason we should be talking about riots on election night, especially if Obama does not win. As witnessed in 2000, our electoral system is broken, and has been for a long time. The people that make our voting machines are deeply rooted in the Republican party. Even early voters are having to wait several hours to vote, and in many poorer areas, where polls are underfunded and understaffed, just as in 2004, people will have to wait even longer because of the expected record turnout this year.

If Obama does not win, it will not be because of race, it will be because the system is broken. We are not fighting against electoral discrimination based on race. We are fighting against the theft of an election. It is not acceptable for voter disenfranchisement to exist in the way it does. There are already widespread reports of voting machine funny business, and oddly enough, it seems as though the Right is usually the side benefiting from this.

Even Oprah had a small encounter with an unruly machine.

If Obama loses, it is not an issue of race. It is an issue of evil people doing evil things for power, and I , for one, will not stand for that. Here in Chicago, Barack Obama will be having his election night party in Grant Park, and I will be there. If there are riots, it will not be blacks rioting because they feel discriminated against. It will be people of all colors and backgrounds standing up against injustice. This election has gone far past being a race issue. It is now an issue of democracy, and widespread election fraud does not make a democracy.

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Eugene V. Debs