WASHINGTON -- This election season, a man was arrested for hitting a protester at a rally for Washington GOP Senate candidate Dino Rossi, a man stomped on the head of a woman at a campaign event for Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, local police wrestled to the ground a Democratic man at an event for Rep. Eric Cantor (R), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) received suspicious powder to his office, biker supporters of Florida GOP congressional candidate Allen West harassed a Democratic tracker and Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller's private security force handcuffed and detained a reporter.
And all that was in just the past two weeks.
Because that is what fascist bullies do. The brown shirts of 1930's Germany demonstrated to the world how very easy it was to whip up hysteria and fear in the masses during uncertain and convulsive economic periods and convince people to put their faith in political leaders who in saner, economically stable times couldn't be elected small town dog catchers.
I see two potentially dangerous scenarios occurring here after the elections are over. First, if the Teabaggers fail to get their more odious candidates (Angle, Paul, O'Donnell, Paladino, Miller, etc.) elected and also fail to wrest control of Congress from the Democrats, watch how quickly the threats of, and actual instances of, political violence escalate. Throw in some good old fashioned southern strategy racism (nigger and illegal beaner voting fraud accusations), and you have the perfect recipe for the makings of another Oklahoma City bombing realistically coming to pass.
The other scenario is that Teabagger candidates win it all and take control of both the Senate and the House. They undoubtedly will be emboldened to storm Congress and attempt to shove every one of their destructively lunatic proposals down the throat of the Democrats. The Democrats, true to form, will cave-in like a Chilean copper mine. If Obama resists with his veto pen, The Teabaggers, now with congressional subpoena power, will then get busily to work manufacturing faux scandals out of thin air in an attempt to put the finishing touches on destroying the popularly elected President and quite likely will even go so far as attempting to begin impeachment proceedings against Obama just because they are extremist fuckheads and they can. And that folks will just be the beginning of the fun.
The Dems do deserve to lose seats - no doubt. And Obama needs to have the fear of the prospect of an even more right-wing Congress put in him -- if anything to nudge him back towards his promise of fighting against the fuckers (big banks, Wall Street crooks, neo-con war mongerers, etc.) who got this country into this mess to begin with, and stand shoulder to shoulder with the hard working, decent and fair-minded people of this country who want to see America succeed in the best interest of the most people possible.
However - putting the Sharron Angles and Rand Pauls of the world in power will accomplish nothing other than destroying any hope of such progress occurring and will undoubtedly accelerate the downward spiral of America into the ugly reality of an oligarchic/plutocratic/theocratic cesspool -- which is also known as "Banana Republicanism."
I am hoping (and hopefully not beyond hope) that the majority of Americans still retain some semblance of sanity and will reject the more extremist candidates and views of the Teabaggers on Nov. 2 and give this country a chance to move forward - even if it's only that that forward movement can only be done one excruciating baby step at a time.