2012 and Politics

One of the things that tends to happen when researching 2012 is noticing how patterns and coincidences/synchronicities start abounding which give folks the impression that 2012 is clearly of special significance. My favorite is the 2012 election, which clearly has an eschatological spin to it when the lovely Sarah Palin is involved:

palin460x276I picked this theme up back on the last election day at Religion Dispatches:

Numerous commentators have highlighted the recent “open letter” from James Dobson of Focus on the Family regarding an America under Obama. The 16-page letter is sent from the year 2012 and lists the many ways Obama has brought America to its knees after four years of anti-Christian rule. Clearly, this temporal message-in-a-bottle is another example of the right-wing apocalyptic imagination at work, a politicized Rapture. But perhaps Dobson is also trading upon that other apocalypse prophesied to arrive in 2012, which is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar? Popular appropriations of this meme find noticeably white middle-aged messianic men returning in the guise of the winged serpent Quetzalcoatl or Pahana, the “Lost White Brother” of the Hopi, to restore order to a lost world. When the Conquistadors first arrived in the Americas, a Christian appropriation of indigenous spiritual symbols was not uncommon in the expansion of white power: perhaps Dobson is better read in history than one might imagine.