As I write this, I’m not fully certain of the outcome of this presidential election, but it looks as though Mr. Obama will be elected. It is a hard-fought win for him and his followers, involving every kind of tactic and strategem. If it’s not too soon, I congratulate them. Raising and spending nearly a billion 650+ million dollars on a political campaign has got to be a record-breaker all by itself.

Assuming an Obama presidency, the bad news is that he espouses a classic socialist point of view (as in the USSR, the fascist regimes of Germany and Italy of the 1920s and 1930s, and to a lesser degree the New Deal and other American embarrassments), advocates the barbaric, morally indefensible, and swiftian practice of butchering the weakest humans in our society while victimizing their mothers for convenience and profit (as in two go into the abortion mill, but only one comes out), has a short but consistent record of eliminating freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights (as in the individual right for Americans to keep and bear arms), and has no experience actually running an organization larger than either his senate office or his neighborhood in Chicago. He’s reportedly on personal, friendly terms with terrorists, both foreign and domestic, so maybe his lack of foreign policy experience won’t be a problem.

The good news is that regardless of who wins the election, Christians can still rely upon the providential rule of our Creator. His job experience goes back to the Beginning, whether people acknowledge it or not. More importantly, His plan continues: the salvation of sinners through the message of the gospel and the sacraments, leading to the imminent destruction of this entire world, when He will bring His people to live forever in paradise (as in a place where elections are unnecessary). The blood of Jesus Christ still cleanses those who repent from the guilt of all our sins.

What strikes me now, regardless of who wins the election in the end, is the wisdom of this nation’s founding fathers. Reading the Constitution, it seems that safeguarding freedom was rather important to them. With the separation of powers, and their understanding of how long it takes for a large group of people to decide something, the founders clearly wanted us to have a rather weak federal government. It seems amazing, but somehow they answered the question, “What kind of earthly government can best protect this nation many years from now, in case a socialist, morally-twisted strong-arm somehow finds enough of the right votes to be elected president?” The answer is the balance of powers, the checks and balances between the three branches.

“Yes,” you say, “but Congress may be in his back pocket.”

Maybe. But at the moment, not the Supreme Court. Beside that, the members of Congress have to find enough agreement between them to jump when their Leader says “toad.” If they don’t jump together, they will automatically mitigate the damage done by our government in the next four years. You and I can contribute to the disagreement between them, because we are the ones who send them there. Political gridlock is nightmare for socialists, but it’s usually a godsend for Americans.

The portent darkening our skies is the word “change.” It’s well known that Mr. Obama does not consider the Constitution to be the essence of our national government. Would he change that, too? Just how far might this “revolution” go?

I’m also sort of wondering how long it will take before the next major terrorist attack comes to the American homeland. I’ve got to hand it to “the failed policies of the current administration:” they’ve kept us safe from another 9/11 for 8 years. That can change too. We might be dealing with the fallout for quite a while. Maybe a half-life. Maybe longer.

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