Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean some one isn’t out to get you!

When I visited my favorite political blog this week and read the comments on last Sunday’s post, I was both glad and scared to see that at least two other people out there share my paranoia. It’s been more than twenty years since there was a serious attempt on the life of a president (or presidential candidate), and however, I fear that Obama is a magnet for one now.

Some of us are old enough to remember what this country was like in the months following Martin Luther King’s assassination — riots in almost every large city with a significant African American population.  That historical moment will pale in comparison to the wave of violence that would hit this country if Obama were to be assassinated. The violent reaction would come not just from blacks, but from whites as well, especially young people. 

Moreover, such a wave of violence is likely to be met by a much more extreme repression than occurred in 1968. My real fear — that the result would be a loss of democracy altogether in a police state.