Half Full/Half Empty
I tend to be a glass half empty type of guy. I admit it. I suppose I’d rather be pleasantly surprised, as I have been of late concerning most things Obama, than dropped off that cliff of disappointment again and again. Damn those rocks at the bottom can be hard.
Here are some observations regarding the Religious Right and the next four years; if not eight…
1. “With an Obama Administration and a Democratic majority in Congress, the Religious Right will be reinvigorated, joining with right-wing Republicans in a backlash that will dwarf their attacks during the Clinton era. The Christian Patriot militia movement will return and along with it, right-wing religiously motivated domestic terrorism. ”
2. “We can also reasonably expect a fresh round of ballot initiatives on the usual subjects. And just as the Democratic Party seeks to downplay issues related to LGBT civil rights — especially marriage equality, the issue will likely blow up in their faces as the religious right continues to drive the issue.”
3. ” I do not believe an Obama victory would be a crippling blow to the Religious Right. These organizations have been declared dead before, yet they always bounce back. The unpleasant truth is, the Religious Right is probably a permanent fixture in American politics. Like any social/political movement, it will see victories and defeats at the polls. No one electoral loss will spell its doom.”
4. “Throughout the campaign, the “abortion as black genocide” argument has grown louder as a concerted attack on Obama’s pro-choice positions. Conservative black Christian leaders, as well as flagship Christian right activist groups such as Family Research Council, will continue to use Obama’s position to highlight their latest effort to appropriate the language and legacy of women’s and civil rights in service of their goals.”
5. “The temptation under Obama will be to declare the Christian Right dead, again; a premature announcement mainstream media has made a dozen times over the decades, ever since the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.”
These observers of the Religious Right were asked before election day what they thought might happen. Take them as worse case scenarios, if nothing else. I believe they are dead on, but it’s not as if I haven’t been wrong before.
But I doubt we can afford to under estimate them.
They will attempt to make Obama dance, and he is unable, or unwilling, I fear the consequences. I doubt he: or anyone, will be able to dance well enough for them… except someone willing to be their female dog, or abused prison sex mate. Let’s hope Barcak’s as talented as Fred Astaire, or at least Marty McFly.