Election ’08 Could Be a Riot

Police in major cities are preparing for “civil unrest” on election eve. You may recall “civil unrest” by its former name, “riot.”

The difference between “civil unrest” and a “riot” depends on whether or not the media has a vested interest in the excuse for the unrest. Stage a riot outside an A.P. office and smash all their cars and tell me it would be reported as “civil unrest.”

Reports of a beefed up police presence on election night are trying to make it sould like a threat exists from either side. Here’s what the Oakland Police Chief said: “You’ve got an African-American running and [a] woman running. Whoever wins it, it will be a national event. We will have more officers on the street in anticipation that things may go south.”

The implication being that there’s a chance things could get ugly among Republicans. Uh huh. We’re such an unruly lot. They’re lucky the election is on a school night, or we’d really stay out causing trouble.

The media can be counted on to “be fair” as well. Look for reports like this in coming days: “Actually there are two scenarios that could cause civil unrest, and they involve both parties. 1) If Obama loses, and 2) If McCain wins.”

An Obama loss will be presented as evidence of vote fraud instead of what it really will represent: proof of the inaccuracy of polling data.

We’ll be told that any rioters are “disgruntled voters who are sure the election has been rigged.” At that point, ACORN will clear its throat and slowly walk away.

My guess is that if Obama loses and there are riots, most of the rioters won’t even have voted.

Every now and then, there are riots on and around the campus of Michigan State University that casts the school in a bad light. You may have seen the smoke. Invariably, the next day or two, after police sort out the mess, it turns out that the majority of the rioters weren’t even MSU students — and in fact most of them were high school students from surrounding towns.

Decision (to riot) ’08 may be similar. Rioters, most of whom I’m guessing won’t even be of voting age or simply didn’t vote, will be merely the flames being fanned by high-powered liberal activists and politicians pissed that they’ve got to wait a few more years for direct access to the public trough. Rioters will be a symptom, but not the disease.

And, if Obama loses and there are indeed riots — excuse me, “civil unrest” — the entire time, as thugs trash cities, the fire from burning police cars lights up the night sky and liberal talking heads, politicians and activists create excuses for the horrible behavior just because “their guy” didn’t win, rational people may observe the pitiful demonstration by Obama’s allies and think to themselves, “Wow, maybe the country made the right choice after all.”

Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. James Carville would be disappointed, but if the only price we have to pay for civility is frustrating one Gollum, it’ll be worth it.

Author: Doug Powers

Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a chaser of snark. Townhall Media writer/editor. MichelleMalkin.com alum. Bowling novice. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. Contact: WriteDoug@Live.com.