Monday, November 12, 2012

What Exactly Is Hope?

The mantra of the Obama campaign in 2008 included the slogan: Hope and Change. Barack Obama promised the American people that he would bring them hope by bringing them change.
He promised Americans that if he was elected, he would make sure that by the end of four years, our nation’s growing debt would be sliced in half. However, if something sounds too good to be true, it normally is – and this was no different.
During his four years in the White House, he promised and promised and promised, but rarely did he go through with his promises.
Guantanamo Bay is still open, the economy is still in the dumps, unemployment is still high, the stock market isn’t doing well, people receiving welfare is extremely high – but hey, none of that matters, because now we have socialized health care! Woopeeee!!
What’s the point?
Barack Obama and his campaign promised hope and change. With his excellent teleprompter reading skills, he somehow delivered hope to America, but what about the change? What kind of change was he actually talking about?
When I think of change, I think about the federal government becoming less powerful, the states becoming more power, less spending, less taxes, balanced budgets, and more liberty and freedom.
But something tells me that this isn’t the change Barack and his minions have in mind.
Obama brought larger government, more taxes, more regulation, more corruption, smaller military, fiscal cliffs, high unemployment, economic instability, and socialized health care.
Sure, a lot of this was change, but it’s not the change that was promised, it’s not the change that America needs, and it’s not the change that is going to better America.
Waking up Wednesday morning, I was completely at a loss for words, because Barack Obama had won reelection.
I didn’t understand four years ago how a man who promised to bring ‘hope and change’ could become the most powerful leader of the free world. What kind of plan is hope and change? It’s not a tangible plan, and isn’t the slogan ‘hope and change’ straight out of Frank Marshall Davis’ playbook?
I didn’t understand that then, and I’m even more confused now. Obama ran on the exact same planks and platform that he ran on four years ago. What he promised four years ago, he’s promising again. If he promised it then, shouldn’t it be completed? Why does he have to promise it again?
The point is that this is an extremely dark period for America. America was ignorant enough to elect a man whom they knew nothing about four years ago, and they were ignorant enough to reelect him to a second term, when all he did was run on the exact same promises that he did four years ago.
Obama isn’t going to follow through with his promises this time, just as he didn’t his entire first term.  It’s even going to be worse this time around, because honestly, who is he answering to? No one.
America really messed this one up.
“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the event is in the hand of God.” – George Washington

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