The Barack Referendum

The 2008 election cycle isn’t really an election. It is a referendum on Barack Hussein Obama.

Consider that all indicators now suggest that being a Republican in this election cycle is like being a white guy at a Nation Of Islam rally. President Bush’s disapproval ratings are sky high. The dollar and gas prices are sinking and rising like they are on the opposite ends of some giant global playground teeter totter. The war in Iraq remains unpopular with a large segment of the US population. So here we have the Democratic party breaking records in terms of fund raising, and with the state of the economy and the reality of a major foreign policy blunder by the Bush administration the Democrats can run not only one one but two issues that historically have been the means that the out of power party has used to turn the party in power out of office. Given this election scenario the Democrats should be able to run Donald Duck at the top of their ticket and win going away. Yet, though we are still five long months away from the election, current polls indicate that Barack Hussein Obama is only 5 or so percentage points ahead of John “I’m the Democrat in this election you can trust” McCain.

This can only be explained by the fact that the Democrats have put at the top of their ticket a candidate that is so flawed that not even the perfect political storm for his opposing party can guarantee a win. Consequently this election, to date, is shaping up to be a referendum on Barack Hussein Obama. The Republicans could pick the worst candidate imaginable (and they have) and it wouldn’t make any difference since that Republican candidate could run on the campaign platform of “I’m not Barack Hussein Obama,” and it would be enough to cause Americans to consider voting for him.

What is interesting is that this is exactly the campaign theme that McCain is going to use when he speaks to Republican ‘conservatives.’ McCain is spending his time appealing to White Independents and Democrats by supporting ‘cap and trade’ legislation and by visibly turning his back on constituencies that they hate (Dobson) but when he pauses to turn and speak to the traditional Republican base his basic messages is, “Vote for me or you’ll get Barack Hussein Obama.” Hence we see that even McCain’s campaign is seeking to make the campaign issue Barack Hussein Obama. When McCain speaks to Independents and Democrats he essentially says, “I’m the non-radical Democrat in the race,” and when McCain speaks to Republicans he essentially says, “You’ve got nowhere else to go, vote for me or live in Black Marxist hell for four years.”

What Barack Hussein Obama has to do this election cycle is to continue to try and deceive the American electorate because the man cannot win with the McGovern coalition that he has thus far put together nor can he win if he and his past is what voters are thinking of when they head into the voting booths.
So the election boils down to this. McCain is going to campaign in such a way as to try and make the election a referendum on Barack Hussein Obama, and Obama is going to campaign in such a way as to try and make the election a referendum on the economy and the war. Voters thus will either pull a lever for Barack believing that his past associations don’t really reflect the person he is or they will vote against Barack believing that a man with connections to Black Nationalism with its Marxist overtones cannot be allowed near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. McCain of course will get the anti-Barack votes but there is a difference between winning because people voted for you and winning because people voted against your opponent.

Republicans should realize that this election cycle is one that pits the two wings of the Democratic party against one another. John McCain represents the incremental socialist wing of the Democratic party while Barack Hussein Obama represents the revolutionary Socialist wing of the Democratic party. This November is thus a choice between two flavors of Socialism.

Yes indeed, voting is a great privilege.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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