Fox News devoted eight minutes of airtime to debating whether Biblical prophecy predicted the recent economic meltdown. There is video evidence:
At 1:55, the reporter mentions the apocalyptic conspiracy theory that bar codes are the “mark of the beast”. This is a reporter for the most-watched news network in the country, giving sympathetic airtime to religious fanatics ranting about a “one world government” and trying to tie Social Security to the Book of Revelation. Why do one in five Americans believe Obama is the Antichrist? Because the fucking news all but says as much.
You want to “restore” the country to Founding Fathers’ vision? Take a cue from Thomas Jefferson:
It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it [the Apocalypse], and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams…There is not coherence enough in them to countenance any suite of rational ideas….What has no meaning admits no explanation and pardon me if I say with the candor of friendship that I think your time too valuable and your understanding of too high an order to be wasted on these paralogisms.
-letter to General Alexander Smyth, Jan. 17, 1825