Hope: Â To wish for something with expectations of its fulfillment. Â To look forward to with confidence of expectation. (American Heritage Dictionary.)
In 2008, this nation (53%), elected Barack Obama. Â The man and his party ran on a platform espousing â€œhope and change.â€ Â The American people eagerly embraced such a message. Â They were war-weary, the economy was entering a deep recession, and the mainstream media had run an 8 yr. campaign against Pres. George W. Bush and the Republicans.
Hope and Change. Â Just what were they hoping for? What change did they expect? Some of us, from the other side, knew that the Socialist policies this Marxist president would implement would adversely affect the American people. Â But no matter what alarms were sounded and facts given, we were ignored, and now we indeed have change. Â The Leftist dominated Congress, along with imperialistic executive orders, have brought change. Â So whence the hope?
Why are Americans unhappy, why is our economy struggling? Â How did the nationâ€™s finances get into such dire straits? Â As the dollar has fallen in the currency markets, so too has the image and perception of this great nation fallen in the eyes of the world. Â The answer is simple, but also complex. Â Vassar Bushmills has written extensively about Fascism, Socialism and Communism. Frequently, we think of these entities as political governing styles, or how a countryâ€™s economy is managed – thus the business model. Â But they go much deeper than that; they all represent a cultural meme as well.
As I learned about these systems I recognized a common denominator. Â They all start with and are maintained on fear. Â They promote fear. Â Yes, even that innocuous, insidious one called Socialism. Â Anytime one gives up their personal freedom to the state, they have to live in fear that the state will take away (or decrease) what theyâ€™ve been given. Â As socialist policies encroach further and further into American lives, we find that our ability to make our own independent choices has been taken away. Â The more dependent we find ourselves, the greater the fear and anxiety about our lives. Our anxiety deepens because, instead of feeling in control, we feel out of control. Â Weâ€™ve handed power over our lives to another. Â Communism and Fascism outright steal it, and Socialism takes it by stealth and disguise. Â But the results for the people are the same, only slightly different in the degree to which we live in fear of going against the State. Â There isnâ€™t any hope in this way of life, only increasing fear, anxiety and anger. Â Anger is the next step when people feel out of control of their lives; they start looking for someone, something to blame for what has happened to them, and for what they no longer have.
Some of you may remember when Mr. Obama once opined about the purpose of the Constitution. Â He said it did not go â€œfar enough.â€ Â He was referencing the idea that the Constitution had been interpreted to mean what it â€œcould not doâ€ to the people, but it had not been addressed regarding what â€œit could doâ€ for the people. Â No, Mr. Obama, the only thing the Constitution was designed to do (and we want it to do), is give us freedom to do for ourselves. Â The Founding Fathers intended that citizens be free to achieve or fail on their own. Â It was and has always been about opportunity (equal), and then it is up to us. Â It is not up to our neighbors, our schools, or the government. When we give ourselves over to the state, and increasingly allow the â€œdoing for usâ€ we forget how to do for ourselves. Â A couple of generations of Americans looking to the government instead of themselves, strips them of the ability to do for themselves. Â It strips them of the ability to control their own lives, to build their own houses, care for their loved ones. Â It strips them of Hope. Â The spirit of the people will shrivel up and die. Â Yet, it all seemed so easy, almost charitable, to buy into the idea that government was the be all, and end all.
Thus, Socialism almost becomes a personal tyranny that weâ€™ve brought upon ourselves. Â We succumb to the con artist, the sleight of hand politician. Â Are we better off than we were two and a half years ago? Â Not hard to answer, and the honest answer allows the American people to know the truth about this president and his political party. Â Their policies do not bring hope, they bring only dependency, anxiety and anger towards those that sold them a bill of goods. Â Not much hope in looking for your food stamps to buy groceries, or an unemployment check instead of a job and a sense of accomplishment. Â Real hope, the path away from despair, is built on substance, a foundation that is strong enough to withstand the forces of human nature.
People thrive when they are challenged and when they are free to solve their own problems. Â Â The Founding Fathers believed we were smart enough to hold onto our freedom and liberty, and they knew and cherished what Mr. Obama has tried so desperately to destroy. Â That America was filled with hope; it was the land of opportunity for the individual, not the government. Â The Constitution is all the vision we need, it provides the real hope for this nation. Â It allows us to set our own goals, take our own risks, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Â The pathway of the Socialist/Marxist is one of dependency, mediocrity, and hopelessness. Â The pathway for America, the one we are not going to let the Leftists/Dems steal, is the one that allows the people to thrive and succeed, and has enabled some of the greatest accomplishments of man in the history of the world.
We shall not be afraid. Â America was built upon a foundation that can withstand the deceivers and robbers of truth, of hope. Â In 2012, this Great Nation, will send the true message of hope to America, the one negotiated for us in the Constitution; and it is not the one Obama is selling.
h/t Janis, for the great title.
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