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Please, permit me to say upfront that this subject is deep. Some four years back when I argued that Barak Hussein Obama wasn’t a Blackman, many people didn’t get the point about the dearth of good leadership in Africa I was driving at.

Now, it is four more years for Barak, and African leaders are jubilant over the victory of one of their own. One of whom? As I said 4 years ago, no African leader has been able to build a country that could have produced Barak as we have him now. Sure he has multiple natural gifts but he needed the right environment in which to develop them.

Well, we could let that entire pass. Which African country has an enabling political system to have thrown up a Barak Presidency, with all his baggage? Young and multiracial as he is!

Another point! Under the Republicans scanner for the minutest Obama scandal to nail him with, which African leader could have been so clean to shame his enemies? Forget the Whitehouse joke that Michel gives him a close marking so he doesn’t fall to temptation of Monica Lewinsky proportions.  Michel stayed at home during Barak’s visit to Thailand during the week, where the media joked that his eyes were all over the beautiful Thai Prime Minister.

Obama back in the White House for four more years is good news. The powerful house was built with black labour between 1792 and 1800, and it would have been disastrous for him to have been evicted after one go.

It is even good for racists like Pat Buchanan to know times have since changed, and the US is not all-white. Barack Obama’s re-election has ‘killed White America’, Buchanan was reported to have said recently. Asked for his reaction to Barak’s victory on a radio show, the former Nixon advisor said “White America died last night. Obama’s reelection killed it”.  Stunned by this blatant racism, Gordon Liddy tried to walk his guest back from the ledge:”With what you just said right there...You seem to imply that white people are better than other people. That’s not really what you’re saying is it?”

“Of course that’s what I’m saying,” Buchanan replied “Isn’t it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people…”

“And don’t give me all this nonsense about Martin Luther King and civil rights and all that. Who do you think freed the slaves? Abraham Lincoln. A white guy!”

“But we’re not led by Lincoln anymore, we’re led by an affirmative-action mulatto who can’t physically understand how great America once was.” Of course for people like Buchanan, it is sweet to dance to the Barak victory song. Good to rob it in for Buchanan!

Yet for some of us, Obama followers, our joy is discounted; laced by some fear over one of the success factors of his victory. We believe that God put in the White House in the first instance, and God was capable of blessing him with another term. Barak worked hard for his victories, as God wants man to work. Hard! But Barak did not have to spite God to boost his chances. A strong item in his victory strategy was his endorsement of same-sex marriage.

In May, Barak openly supported gay marriage, reversing his position on a controversial social issue just six months before the November election. He said that after years of lengthy discussions with friends and family, including his wife and two young daughters, he now “personally” believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.

Then in October, he affirmed his position by endorsing state ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State, Maryland and Maine in a bid to galvanize gay and lesbian enthusiasm for his re-election bid. The gay and lesbian community was seen as a loyal and potentially pivotal voting bloc.

The move paid off: In the very tight race he ran with Romney, every vote counted. Barak got more than one vote from the homosexual community. According to the New York Times, “the backing Mr. Obama received from gay voters has a claim on having been decisive. Mitt Romney and Mr. Obama won roughly an equal share of votes among straight voters nationwide, exit polls showed. And, a study argues, Mr. Romney appears to have won a narrow victory among straight voters in the swing states of Ohio and Florida.

“Mr. Obama’s more than three-to-one edge in exit polls among the 5 percent of voters who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual was more than enough to give him the ultimate advantage, according to the study, by Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law, in conjunction with Gallup. The results are consistent with earlier research on the number and political beliefs of gay voters”.

Research by Patrick J. Egan, a professor of politics and public policy at New York University, suggests exit polls showed that 76 percent of voters who identified as gay supported Mr. Obama, and that 22 percent supported Mr. Romney. Among straight people, each candidate received 49 percent of the vote.

Clearly, Obama’s team was alive to the dynamics of American politics. But in a game full of hyperboles, Former Pennsylvania Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has claimed that a ‘homosexual cabal’ even stole presidential election.

The conservative Catholic politician told CNN that something about the official numbers “just didn’t add up” and was forced to draw the only obvious conclusion: “I see the hand of the homosexual in this massive election fraud,” Santorum explained, “Romney was tied or leading in most polls before the election. And then he loses... Homosexual dirty tricks.

“Homosexuals aren’t like you and me. They don’t have respect for democracy. Your average homosexual has no moral compass whatsoever. If anyone is capable of this fraud, it is them.

“And homosexual kingpins like David Geffen, Elton John, and Tim Gill have all the money in the world to turn their dirty, filthy election schemes into reality. Geffen’s a billionaire, he could afford to put a man on the moon. Surely he could afford to pull off something like this”.

I don’t know about all that electoral fraud. My point is that for a country that is fast abandoning God and where moral values have polluted, was it safe for Barak to try to help God by spiting him? If there is only one thing I know about God, it is that you shouldn’t try to help Him.

The Americans seem to have given this argument a spin or colouration by saying now that homosexuality is a civil rights issue and not a religious one.  But it is doubtful if God’s word is mutable. As a one student of our school pointed out, God does not change.

From the history of failed empires, a society puts itself at great risk when moral relativism and political correctness are exalted and sound morality is demonized.  However, an individual’s relationship with God is a private affair, but when a leader endorses a behaviour that provides some kind of rationalization for a larger population, the issue assumes a wider dimension.  For a nation that was founded on a covenant with God, it gets far more complex.

President John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible” - George Washington.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Yet the American Empire has growing appetite for moral decadence that is fast turning them against God. You see “In God We Trust” on the dollar bill. You remember the song, “God bless America.” It is an American patriotic song originally written by Irving Berlin. It is sometimes considered an unofficial national anthem of the United States. These and many more are indications that the founding fathers of US, built it on the fear of God.

But a country that celebrates sodomy or homosexuality, where reverend ministers can be homosexual; where same sex marriage is accepted by law, where a prayer cannot be said at public meetings or in schools, and where authorities are making desperate attempts to make disapproval of homosexuality a hate crime, can be said to have turned it back against God. We don’t have to look far to remember failed empires: Currently embattled Spain and Portugal where once mighty empires that shared the shared the rest of the world between them. The Spanish Empire was one of the largest and the first global empires in history. The Portuguese Empire was the earliest and longest lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning almost six centuries.

And America was a colony of the British Empire, the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power.

Power, even global power, rotates. We believe God made it so. There are clear indications that the American Empire is already on the decline. And the prognosis is scary after an electoral victory buoyed gay marriage, abortion and cannabis votes. All that said, the relationship between Barak and God is his private affair. But it is suspected that his second term may be rocked with unusual challenges.

Could Barak’s failure at the first Presidential Debate with Romney have been a warning? According to a CNN blogger, “President Obama’s prayers for a strong first debate may not have been answered. Before he stepped onto a Colorado stage earlier this month to face off with Mitt Romney for the first time, Obama joined a conference call with a small circle of Christian ministers.

“The focus of that prayer was, ‘Oh, Lord, you know precisely what the president needs to say,’” says Kirbyjon Caldwell, a Methodist Mega church pastor from Texas who helped lead the call”.

It didn’t work!

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