Election + Self-Preservation = Fear + Anxiety + Depression

I’d love to believe this post at Pajamas Media: Why I’m Still Convinced McCain Will Prevail:

… I continue to think McCain can pull victory from the jaws of defeat. Why? Not because of any complex statistical alchemy but for the simple old fashioned reason that I do not believe the instinct for self-preservation has been entirely bred out of the American electorate.

Lending credence to this idea:

Americans have cut back on buying cars, furniture and clothes in a tough economy, but there’s one consumer item that’s still enjoying healthy sales: guns. Purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen 8 to 10 percent this year, according to state and federal data. 

Unfortunately, a desire for “self-preservation” does not mean electing John McCain and Sarah Palin. Indeed, with their calls for self-sacrifice, one might get more solace from voting for Obama–after all, make yourself poor enough and/or make bad enough decisions, and you’re bound to qualify for a government handout or three.

Which is why there’s so much stress this election season for so many people: the choices are horrible and equally frightening, but the desire for self-preservation remains strong. Ergo, fear, anxiety, and depression abounds.

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