Note that the record low is about a year into that terrible awful Clenis era of peace and prosperity. That may explain why they hate him so -- they're looking forward to this thing.
But you probably already knew all that. What's really interesting is to look at some of their justifications for the scores in the individual categories. There's, um, 45 categories in all, each rated on a 1-to-5 scale, some with very curious appellations. "Tribulation Temple"?
Exsqueeze me? Exactly how does one arrive at such a conclusion with both eyes open? Aren't all three branches of American government dominated by conservatives right now? Are these fucking people insane or retarded or something?
Oh, wait. Right.
But not only is the political analysis beyond ridiculous, the math is also hinky, because this sage analysis rates a "2" on their little RaptureMeter. So either the numbering system for the (ahem) "Liberalism" category is reversed, which would throw off the mathematical integrity of the rest of the index (such as it is), or the number is correct and the "analysis" is, to put it mildly, hyperbolic even for their own rating scheme. Either way, pretty dumb.
The "Mark of the Beast" category is rated "3" for this transgression, so they're actually not terribly clear as to how they feel about the possible extension of the Patriot Act. My guess is that they liken the Patriot Act with the sort of state intrusiveness that would culminate in bar-coding and low-jacking people's wrists and foreheads. (Which, considering the nature of people like Negroponte, Poindexter, Cheney, et al, is not exactly unthinkable. If they could, they very likely would -- and there's no shortage of morons who'd let them.) But again, as such occurrences would hasten the rapture -- which they want -- it's difficult to run this stuff through the usual simple moral filters of "good" or "bad".
So there's a very real moral paradox at play in the Rapture Index -- we godless heathen atheists want to take steps to prevent war and such, while the celestial reckoning these folks pray for (and, not to put too fine a point on it, interfere politically for) depends on accumulating turmoil and upheaval, death and disaster, culminating in a great final reckoning where the pure are transported en masse. Meanwhile the rest of us stay here and divvy up their shit -- and, according to the beliefs of the dominionists and dispensationalists, kill each other off so that they can eventually return. Hey, where do we sign up?
And if you want a real eye-opener, be sure to check out the home page, the right sidebar of which advertises something with a name that most rational people would have just assumed they'd never see or utter at any point in their entire lives: Prophecy Gopher. Yes, you read that correctly.
Say hello to the Prophecy Gopher. Now go find a bottle of anything, and drink until the image has been scrubbed.