It is striking how much Leftists agree with Islamists in the cultural struggle going on today. I just read an editorial by Diana West who interviewed Andrew C. McCarthy, the author of, "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America." This quote from McCarthy is a good summary of what Leftists and Islamist agree on:
"For all their disagreements on matters like women's rights, gay rights and abortion, Islam and the Left are in harmony on big-picture matters: They are authoritarian, totalitarian in the sense of wanting to control all aspects of human existence, virulently anti-capitalist, and regard the individual as existing merely to serve the collective. Consequently, they have the same obstacle in common: our freedom culture - i.e., Western liberalism, U.S. constitutional republicanism, and their foundation, individual liberty. Historically, Islam and the Left ally when there is a common enemy. But I'd stress that what I am talking about here is an alliance, not a merger. I am not claiming, as someone ridiculously suggested to me the day the book came out, that Barack Obama wants to impose Sharia."The shared values between Islam and the Left helps us see how world leaders with seemingly divergent ideologies will be able to come together to accommodate a world government that forms the power base of the Antichrist. "For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast" (Revelation 17:17, NKJ).
Given that Islam is the most likely candidate for the religion of the Antichrist, we can expect to see more collaboration between Leftists and Islamists. The European Union governments making up the Revived Roman Empire have embraced Leftist social policies for some time. Despite the shaky economy, I don't see this changing any time soon because it is very difficult to reverse socialist policies once people come to depend on the hand-outs. The idea that Islam and the Left are not that far apart helps us understand how the Revived Roman Empire will be able to agree well enough with the Revived Ottoman Empire to bring the world together under the Antichrist. Though iron and clay do not mix well, they will in fact work together.
I'd like to think that we can reverse the trend toward a Leftist government in this country. But with the increasing frequency and intensity of Tribulation birth pangs, there will be many opportunities for our Leftist government to take actions that secures and grows their power over the people. Even if we are able to vote out the current batch of Leftists and God blesses this country with godly leadership, it will take time to turn this ship around. Also, there is no guarantee that those who replace our current Leftists will be much better. We have seen over and over how power corrupts those we vote into office. And per Revelation 17:17, it is God who causes the world leaders to collaborate with each other to fulfil His purpose in the Tribulation.
The only consolation in the path we are on is that the rapid pace of prophetic developments shows we can't be far from the Rapture of the Church. Indeed, the Rapture of the Church will insure that the Leftists stay in power since the huge block of Christians that would vote against them will be gone. I can think of no more effective ideological mix for the Tribulation government; Islamists and Secular Humanist Leftists working together.
As we consider these trends, we shouldn't despair... it helps to remember that God really is in control and thus, "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).