Just a quick thought--I've been posting some major nerd-stuff of late. (I'm on summer vacation, and I have the time). Hey, it's my blog, I like thinking about politics and economics, and nobody has to read it. but I want to temper a bit of my fatalism, of late. Politics are a game, of sorts (although the stakes can be pretty high), and I'm an intensely competitive person (as any of you who had the misfortune of playing Trivial Pursuit with me know all too well). So the fact that "my" side seems to bracing for a loss leads to a little bumming out. Shucks, even if "my" guy wins, he's really not my guy!
But that's not really the most important thing. To quote C.S. Lewis, "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." I believe with every fiber of my being that it really is true... and therefore of infinite, eternal importance. Presidencies, Supreme Court Appointments, even the entirety of America (whatever that has or will become), all those things are very temporary. Individual people, made in God's image--we last forever. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28)." That was true even when the Israelites were in the wilderness, it was true even when the early church faced genuine persecution, it was true when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped into the furnace. And let's not forget that they acknowledged that God might choose NOT to rescue them from the furnace... but they knew He was able, and where their loyalties belonged (Daniel 3:16-18). So even if I think my country is on the verge of making some choices that will, in my opinion, lead to long-term negative consequences, I trust that God is good and knows what He is doing. I'd be a pretty pitiful excuse for a Christian if all my hopes and fears were tied up in the whims of the American voter.
(FOOTNOTE: I hope I don't come across as sounding like I think a few "wilderness years" for political conservatives is in any way comparable to actual persecution. But even if there WERE harsh persecutions--as there are in planty of places on this planet--that wouldn't change anything. Truth is truth.)