Most of our troops would be home from Iraq, a newly minted democracy acting as a beacon of freedom in the Middle East. The U.S. dollar would be strong again, the world food crisis would be over and teen abortions would be on the decline. All would be right with the world, largely due to his brilliant leadership and bi-partisan support for government reform. The prospect dazzles even the most cynical among us.
There are those, of course, who envision an America broken by debt, both governmental and private. An endless military adventure throughout the oil-rich third world and increasing energy crisis in the urban centers of the world will empower former victims of imperialist exploitation to defy the corporate west, and a Euro/American-dominated future. This dim vision offers only the likely satisfaction of being right, as the society dissolves into anarchy around us all.
Both of these worldviews share a common assumption of the continuum of the world at large and our participation therein.
Computer integration of a variety of prophetic claims, from the Crystal Skull cultists to the Hindu mystics and the Mayan calendar all agree on a specific date on which the current world will end. December 21, 2012 will begin three days of darkness and then it’s all over, unless you have been deep underground for the duration, which is a minority belief that offers some slim hope of the survival of mankind.
And there are some who think it will be a shift in the magnetic poles of the planet, others believe in some imminent arrival of either aliens from space or an awaited messiah of one or another sort. Christian rapture fans are preparing for the kingdom of heaven, Buddhists are spinning wheels full of prayers toward some total that will trigger the big change and Shivites are lighting another bowl of ganja while awaiting whatever eventuates. Whatever your beliefs, there is some small offshoot cult in your neighborhood that thinks it is all about due, and is prepping for the change.
Which leaves us with the big question: Who do you believe? John McCain and the Republicans or the ancient Mayan mathematicians?
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. "The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.