Well, the election is over and the collective will of the American People was to elect Obama and I have been thinking about politics more over the past month than I have in the past 10 years. I have always thought that negotiation and mediation between arguments could always be achieved by understanding the opposing sides point of view, using that basis I have been analyzing the basis of the arguments put forth by the Conservative movement and it scares me. From what I have observed there are 2 overriding themes that form the Conservative foundation, Protestant Calvinism and a strong belief in prophecy. While it appears that these are separate philosophies, they are combined into the idea of predestination. The that an all powerful god is directly responsible for all events with the goal of bringing the end of days and gods kingdom on earth. If you view conservative arguments from that point of view they become rational, logical and absolutely terrifying. By going along with hard line evangelical conservatism you have accepted the notion that god has foretold the end of days and that any who stand in the way of the destruction of mankind are only standing in the way of gods will. In that way is has a lot in common with a Doomsday cult, but this one make up 20% of the American electorate. This approach also explains why non-Calvinist Christians have a hard time with American evangelicals. For example, why have Catholics (in general) voted for liberal candidates even though Catholics would seem to agree with evangelicals on social issues? Catholics believe that man can change society and assist in curing social harms while evangelicals would argue that, as social harms are God's will, it goes against the will of god to try and correct them. The Calvinist view on wealth ties nicely to the evangelicals view and directly contradicts the views held by most Catholics. The Calvinist logic would be something to the effect that: God is omnipotent God therefore knows who will be allowed into heaven As God knows who will be allowed into heaven, he would favor them on earth Gods favor can be shown in the accumulation of wealth Thus, those who are wealthy are Gods chosen and their wealth is the result of Gods will So, any attempt to redistribute wealth goes against the will of God Catholics would view the situation quite differently in that: God is omnipotent Gods will is that man use free will to decide to act for the benefit of Mankind Gods Favor is shown in the afterlife based on how individuals use free will Thus, only through our acts of free will can man be judged Therefore there is no predestination; and So, it is our duty to avoid the accumulation of wealth if it injures our fellow man Thus, we must guard against the accumulation of wealth from self will run riot I am far from being a biblical scholar, but I can see these themes arise over and over again in political discourse. On the environmental side, evangelicals say that any climate change, regardless of its cause, is the will of God and that it is not mans roll to change the will of God. A non-evangelical would argue that climate change is the result of mans free will, not the will of God as it does not benefit Mankind and steps should be taken to correct the imbalance caused by the exercise of free will. In general politics evangelicals have pointed to hereditary leaders appointed by God to wield power and act as a focus for the will of God. While non-evangelicals would argue that Gods will is reflected by the decision of the people acting in concert and that only through debate which moderates the impact of individual free will can the voice of God be herd. Because of that fundamental difference it is difficult for evangelicals and non-evangelicals to find common ground. The position that the world is as it is today due to the will of God because God is all powerful is a difficult one to argue with. Personally I think that self interested free will causes all sorts of problems and it is Mans responsibility to work to correct them. If the goal of evangelicals is the fulfillment of prophesy that predicts the end of days, arent they a true threat to every man woman and child on the planet? Thats a scary thought but, if they are right, what I say wont mater one way on another.