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Thoughts on the election

I’ve made it pretty clear in recent weeks that Barack Obama is a socialist at best whose followers are either blissfully ignorant of his coercive collectivism or just flat lying about what they want to do to the rest of us.

He’s dropped enough hints. Obama favors wealth redistribution, new fronts in the war on terror (Pakistan and Sudan, along with a surge in Afghanistan), and a civilian national security force “that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the United States military. (Do they get brown shirts or black? Just wondering…)

Since the U.S. spends as much on its military as the rest of the world combined, anyone who thinks that President Obama will deliver tax relief to anybody is out of his or her mind.

On the other hand, the Republicans have no one to blame for Obama’s popularity but themselves. The GOP’s political strategy of Democrat-Lite (“all the entitlement spending without the gay marriage!”) is not what its base voted for. Sadly, if the threat of a Communist takeover compels enough Americans to vote against Obama, Republicans, confusing the returns as votes for McCain, will interpret victory as a mandate for more bloated, interventionist government.

It may just take four years of an Obama administration coupled with a Democrat-led Congress to remind us of why we stopped voting Democrat eight years ago.

On the eve of the 2008 presidential election, I see a Republican Party that is more liberal, wasteful, and socialist than the Democratic Party of my father’s generation. The Democrats, meanwhile, have gone crazy and nominated a Communist for president.

So what’s the play? Well, I may fall into line and vote against Barack Obama on Tuesday. McCain is no prize, but Obama’s socialist ideology and his rabid followers, who seem to believe that any criticism of Dear Leader is a hate crime, are a clear and present danger to what liberty the Bush administration hasn’t already stripped out of the Constitution.

On the other hand, I may cast my vote for Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party. I agree with Baldwin on the issues, and maybe — just maybe — if the Republican Party gets kicked in the teeth Tuesday as it deserves, party leaders will go back to the drawing board and pull the GOP back to its conservative roots. And I mean true, small government, libertarian leaning conservatism, not the phony Rove/Bush “compassionate conservatism” our descendants will be paying for in the 23rd century, if Christ doesn’t return first.

And that brings me to the most important point: Christians, don’t sweat it. God’s got it under control. Life under an Obama administration won’t be pleasant, but can we honestly say that it would be as bad as, say, the Nero administration in the first century? Or the King James administration, which jailed the wives and children of the men who organized the Pilgrims’ escape to the New World because they didn’t recognize James as the head of their church? Or what about the Mao administration, for our Chinese brothers and sisters; can we truly say we’d have it as bad as they did?

No, we can’t. So speak out against wrongdoing in government, if you feel led, but remember this: God was against the idea of human government from the beginning. He warned the ancient Hebrews about kings before He gave them Saul. And we can’t forget that the prince of the world, the god of this world, is Satan. Human governments are under his dominion until Jesus returns, and voting for someone who claims to be a Christian, as we were duped into doing in the last two presidential elections, doesn’t change that bitter fact.

Our calling is to preach the gospel and make disciples, not to form political action committees and pack the Supreme Court. Please remember that on Wednesday, regardless of whether your candidates win.

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