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Den Beste: the sun will shine tomorrow, even if it rains

Steven Den Beste makes predictions about an Obama Presidency, but adds, chill, it’s not the end of the world. “I’m not saying I’m happy with this outcome. I would much rather have had McCain win. … The next four years will be this generation’s lesson. … But this is not the end of the world, or the end of this nation. We’ve survived much worse.” He’s right about the world continuing to turn. But here are SDB’s predictions.

Now, a few predictions for the next four years:

1. Obama’s “hold out your hand to everyone” foreign policy is going to be a catastrophe. They’ll love it in Europe. They’re probably laughing their heads off about it in the middle east already.

2. The US hasn’t suffered a terrorist attack by al Qaeda since 9/11, but we’ll get at least one during Obama’s term.

3. We’re going to lose in Afghanistan.

4. Iran will get nuclear weapons. There will be nuclear war between Iran and Israel. (This is the only irreversibly terrible thing I see upcoming, and it’s very bad indeed.)

5. There will eventually be a press backlash against Obama which will make their treatment of Bush look mild. Partly that’s going to be because Obama is going to disappoint them just as much as all his other supporters. Partly it will be the MSM desperately trying to regain its own credibility, by trying to show that they’re not in his tank any longer. And because of that they are eventually going to do the reporting they should have done during this campaign, about Obama’s less-than-savory friends, and about voter fraud, and about illegal fund-raising, and about a lot of other things.

and 6. Obama will not be re-elected in 2012. He may even end up doing an LBJ and not even running again.

For those who object that the scenario Den Beste paints is the end of the world in reality it isn’t. It can’t be. Man’s come a long way from the stone age. Materially, that’s a long way to fall. But morally we haven’t come so far and consequently the distance we can fall in spirit is far shorter. Eons may separate us from the Stone Age; but only a moment divides us from barbarism. And the key to barbarism’s door is hate. Blind, unreasoning hate. It’s a portal which very often those who profess altriusm have actually passed and they live in some kind of garden of evil, where all the flowers are strangely perverted. Some obsessions are driven, not by love, but by hate. Remember Kritzinger’s story? Maybe we should.

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