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Yesterday, I mentioned that my opponent Todd Long has concocted a bizarre End-of-Days scenario if I win, which has me removing the Bible from people’s homes, and “kicking Christianity out of the country.”

Long may be a liar, but he’s not an outlier. Because right-wing nuts like him have been flooding the media with paranoid nonsense like that.

Here’s one that gathers all of the sick, twisted memes in one spot. Some group called the “National Republican Victory Fund,” run by the usual bunch of anonymous losers and con artists, put it together. It asks the very pertinent question of what will happen in America if Barack Obama wins reelection, and describes the result this way: “a socialist nightmare hellscape.”

In case you didn’t get the point, the video actually depicts yellow and orange flames, jumping in the air. Dante would be so impressed.

Here is more of what is to come, or so they say:

- Obama will “circumvent” the “checks and balances of the Constitution."
- Obama will “erode” our “fundamental rights.”
- Obama will “fail[] to protect Americans abroad.”
- “Gun control will be a priority.”
- Obama will “exert[] control over our Nation’s judiciary.”
- “Energy costs will skyrocket.” (Illustrated by . . . a rocket!)
- EPA regulations will “choke energy production.”
- “Obama will demand that tax rates go up.”

They left these out: Cats will sleep with dogs! All of us will be forced to eat broccoli! Gravity will become so strong that we won’t be able to get out of bed! And . . . universal healthcare!!

To try to add some kind of marching band of credibility to this parade of horribles, the NRVF video inserts a spastic, “What was that?” clip of someone-saying-to-someone: “You said that a worldwide recession is in order if Obama is reelected.”

I tracked down the clip. It’s from the August 20, 2012 episode of CNBC’s 6 a.m. show “Squawk Box.” (Motto: “We’re right almost as often as we’re wrong.” Although it’s difficult to be right about anything at 6 a.m.)

But guess who had made this momentous prediction of a worldwide recession? Who was this modern-day Nostradamus? Was it Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve? Was it Warren Buffett, the most successful investor of our lifetimes? Was it Paul Krugman, or perhaps some other winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics? Was it Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors?

No. It was the owner of the Miami Dolphins. Who immediately added that for big corporations in America, “The balance sheets are as good as they have been for many years.”

Honestly, if we choose the Leader of the Free World based on what the owner of the Miami Dolphins says, then maybe we deserve a worldwide recession.

Here is what it comes down to. The other side is spreading the most dire, ominous prophecies that anyone can imagine, up to and including “a socialist nightmare hellscape,” in order to win votes in their time-honored manner -- by scaring the gullible. It’s happening in my race, it’s happening in the President’s race, and it’s happening all over the country. Sometime between now and Tuesday, they’ll say that an Obama victory means the Mayan Apocalypse, 45 days later, and only Mitt Romney/Todd Long/whoever can save us from that. They just keep pushing that big, red PANIC button, over and over and over again.

And me? I know that if we allow ourselves to be ruled by hatred or fear, then this would be a nightmare hellscape. So it just makes me more determined to win. And with your help, we will.


Alan Grayson

“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked. Denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

- Hermann Goering, Nuremberg Diary (1946).


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