The most important election ever…again

by Richard on October 5, 2012

Libby Anne looks back on some predictions from Focus on the Family on what Obama’s election in 2008 would mean for America in 2012. It’s quite a list:

  • The Boy Scouts no longer exist
  • Elementary schools now include compulsory training in varieties of gender identity in Grade 1
  • homosexuals are now given special bonuses for enlisting in military service
  • It is illegal for private citizens to own guns for self-defense in eight states
  • Since 2009, terrorist bombs have exploded in two large and two small U.S. cities, killing hundreds
  • In mid-2010, Iran launched a nuclear bomb that exploded in the middle of Tel Aviv, destroying much of that city
  • The new Congress under President Obama passed a nationalized “single provider” health care system, in which the U.S. government is the provider of all health care in the United States

There’s more where that came from. You’ll notice that these predictions have one thing glaringly in common. Did you spot it?

So why are we still hearing the same kind of nonsense from Obama’s opponents today?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

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Stuart 10.05.12 at 9:24 pm

I’ve not read such a brutal mauling of Mitt Romney as this masterfully written piece by Hoffmann:

Lying for the Lord: The Mormon Missionary Rides High,

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Mark Byron 10.06.12 at 1:34 am

That’s an over-the-top list that would have been written off at the time by most folks. About the only ones that might have sounded legit was the gun control one; had the Supreme Court not stepped in, a number of states were moving in that direction.

On the “war on terror”, the Obama team has largely picked up where Bush left off; you have an earlier post on drone attacks that illustrate that point.

The Obama team did move in the direction of the gays-in-the-military and health care front but not quite to the extreme feared. Bonuses for being gay sounds like a scene from Stripes-”No, but we’re willing to learn. Would they send us someplace special?”

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Richard 10.06.12 at 8:35 am

It is an over-the-top list. I just wish I shared your confidence that it would have been written off by most at the time — I’m still hearing the same kind of stuff from characters like Swaggart and Hagee.
Sadly, you’re right about the ‘war on terror’. And that ought to be a matter of shame.

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Mark Byron 10.06.12 at 1:28 pm

Yes, I recall some over-the-top rhetoric at the time. However, the preachers often forget that we have (1) a judicial system that protects rights such that banning whole organizations is unlikely and (2) a population that isn’t quite ready for gender-analysis of first-graders. By the way, we use “nth grade” rather than “grade n”; the latter is more of a Canadian construct (and possibly British as well).

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