The entire world is watching the US 2008 Election Dog and Pony Show with a great deal of interest, fear and trepadation. Being on the outside looking in, the show is indeed able to cause a significant amount of consternation. If the World Could Vote in this election, Barrack Obama would be the clear winner, with 87% of the votes from 200 countries. In America however, McCain is claiming that he will be the winner in a very close election. Obama, significantly more pragmatic, is cautioning everyone about claiming victory on the Democratic side.
The polls are confusing. Some say the race is too close to call. Others say that Obama is going to win by a landslide. Some notable conservatives are also claiming a win for Obama, with some of them even endorsing Obama.
The far right wing Bible Thumpers and Evangelical Christians are predicting doom if Obama wins. These predictions can be mildly disconcerting to the individual campaigns, but also devastating to the country as a whole. Rational and logical thinking people typically write these two groups off as being “nuts,” but there are many who do not. Along this line of thinking, it is amazing that so many people who ordinarily would write off the far right religious groups as “nuts” have largely embraced Sarah Palin, who is an avowed Evangelical Christian.
No one really knows how many people in America harbor separatist views. It is known however, that separatists subscribe to some of the beliefs of the religious far right. Separatists are also typically heavily armed and freely talk about revolution. At a gun show in Reno, Nevada, this past weekend, people holding separatist views were out in force, buying up tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition and assault rifles. Some were relying on clear conspiracy theory information they found on the Internet at the Fourth Millenium web site.
The country today is more divided than it has been in recent history. No matter who gets elected, be it McCain or Obama, the divide will continue. McCain’s demonstrated ability to unite people is largely limited to fear mongering about terrorists. Obama’s full ability to unite people is largely untested. He has been able to win over independents largely due to the economy and some people's fears of Palin. How he will win over the right, once elected, remains to be seen. The McCain campaign promoting the theory and agenda that Obama is a socialist will make it much more difficult for him.
If Obama is elected, expect the religious right to stir the radical conservatives up continually. Whether the country will see a replay of Ruby Ridge is total speculation, but it is possible. If Proposition 8 in California is defeated, that will give the radicals even more cause and reason to further the revolution talk. Proposition 8 is an initiative that would change the California Constitution to define a marriage as being between a man and woman, thus overturning a recent State Supreme Court decision allowing gays to marry.
If McCain wins, the same cries that were heard in 2000 when Bush was elected will be heard again. The difference is that they will be much louder, and minorities in particular will feel slighted to say the least. No doubt many will take to the streets, especially in closely contested States and areas. Things could turn ugly.