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Obama – The Thief of Hope

Hope:  To wish for something with expectations of its fulfillment.  To look forward to with confidence of expectation. (American Heritage Dictionary.)

In 2008, this nation (53%), elected Barack Obama.  The man and his party ran on a platform espousing “hope and change.”  The American people eagerly embraced such a message.  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.  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.  But no matter what alarms were sounded and facts given, we were ignored, and now we indeed have change.  The Leftist dominated Congress, along with imperialistic executive orders, have brought change.  So whence the hope?

Why are Americans unhappy, why is our economy struggling?  How did the nation’s finances get into such dire straits?  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.  The answer is simple, but also complex.  Vassar Bushmills has written extensively about Fascism, Socialism and Communism. Frequently, we think of these entities as political governing styles, or how a country’s economy is managed – thus the business model.  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.  They all start with and are maintained on fear.  They promote fear.  Yes, even that innocuous, insidious one called Socialism.  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 they’ve been given.  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.  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.  We’ve handed power over our lives to another.  Communism and Fascism outright steal it, and Socialism takes it by stealth and disguise.  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.  There isn’t any hope in this way of life, only increasing fear, anxiety and anger.  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.  He said it did not go “far enough.”  He was referencing the idea that the Constitution had been interpreted to mean what it “could not do” to the people, but it had not been addressed regarding what “it could do” for the people.  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.  The Founding Fathers intended that citizens be free to achieve or fail on their own.  It was and has always been about opportunity (equal), and then it is up to us.  It is not up to our neighbors, our schools, or the government. When we give ourselves over to the state, and increasingly allow the “doing for us” we forget how to do for ourselves.  A couple of generations of Americans looking to the government instead of themselves, strips them of the ability to do for themselves.  It strips them of the ability to control their own lives, to build their own houses, care for their loved ones.  It strips them of Hope.  The spirit of the people will shrivel up and die.  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 we’ve brought upon ourselves.  We succumb to the con artist, the sleight of hand politician.  Are we better off than we were two and a half years ago?  Not hard to answer, and the honest answer allows the American people to know the truth about this president and his political party.  Their policies do not bring hope, they bring only dependency, anxiety and anger towards those that sold them a bill of goods.  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.  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.   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.  That America was filled with hope; it was the land of opportunity for the individual, not the government.  The Constitution is all the vision we need, it provides the real hope for this nation.  It allows us to set our own goals, take our own risks, and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  The pathway of the Socialist/Marxist is one of dependency, mediocrity, and hopelessness.  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.  America was built upon a foundation that can withstand the deceivers and robbers of truth, of hope.  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.

[lead image via TechBuddha]

Lady Penguin
Proud Conservative Woman. Steadfast belief: When Good Stands Up to Evil, Evil Blinks (VB)

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  1. Excellent summation of what Obama has done to our nation thus far. They say the politicians that promise to give out all kinds of goodies are the ones that easily get votes. This strategy is not going to work after the scales are removed from the folks eyes, and they realize they were tricked into thinking they really were getting goodies. All they got was a lousy bumper sticker.

  2. Thanks pilgrim. The contrast was too great to ignore. The kind of “hope” sold by Obama and the Left, is false, without substance. It only offers anxiety and worry for the future. Not optimism. Everything they propose is to take from another, even from future generations to satisfy the appetites of now, and nothing that can be built that will hold rock steady.

  3. What Pilgrim said, LadyP. You lay it out so clearly, enough so as to be a template as to knowing how to go about fixing these things. Indeed, it is cultural as much as it political.

  4. Well done, Penguin. You made excellent use of that phrase that you used for the title. I was in Walmart in a small town nearby this morning, and there was not one single person grocery shopping who looked the least bit hopeful. Indeed, they were a uniformly glum looking lot. And I was just as depressed as they were and for the same reason– things that I had bought a week or two ago were all higher in price today. Our income is not growing at all, nor does it look as if it will any time soon. And yet the prices that we pay for the necessities rise daily, sometimes, as with gas, hourly.

    Obama is a thief in more than one way. And yet, with regard to change, he has given in abundance. My own hope, which I will not allow him to steal, is that we are moving toward true change of the kind that we have needed for decades. In that, at least, Obama may deliver something he could never have hoped for himself– an America that is set back once more on the path that the Founders intended.

    Here’s hoping!

    • Those words fit perfectly the little notes I had been making for myself. Everything I ever see about the Left, from their class warfare, their racism, to their union thuggery – all of it seems to foment anger, fear and anxiety. And it can never cease, the beast must always be fed. The Founding Fathers thought, that we, as free men and women, could do much better for ourselves, based on our own merit, and gumption.

      Yes, Socialism breeds its own discontent and misery. Look around us. Not much to cheer. If something is built on falsehoods, it can only tumble. Obama is like a magician doing a magic trick, and still there is nothing there. Have to peel away the veil from everyone’s eyes.

  5. Thief of Hope – perfectly said, LP. These oppressive systems rob the souls of men and women of the possibility of joy de vivre. The simple joy of being. Only when free can people dream and have the possibility of attaining that dream.

    And Obama and the Democrats deliberately and with malice steal that freedom.

  6. This is a great article, Lady P, but it puts me in the mood for a rant. I’ve seen Obama’s type before…I was married to someone with some of the same kinds of qualities and traits. They can charm the honey away from a grizzly bear, but they have this underlying will to dominate other people that can be cruel and vicious.

    They will strip you down to nothing, not even a shred of dignity left, if you let them, and not even blink an eye. If you dare to have an opinion that varies even the slightest from what they want your opinion to be, they will make you pay with a spirit of vengeance and think nothing of the malice in their own actions. Oh, yeah, they will use fear, and gloat over it when they see you cower.

    What you never, ever let them do is to steal hope. Never. If that means simply looking at the blue in the sky, feeling the sun on your face, taking joy in the smallest of things…that’s what you do. You do not let them rob you of the sense of worth and value of your own being. Ever.

    Rant over now.

    • You always have excellent rants, lineholder, and these words are quite descriptive of what we face when battling the Left.

      have an opinion that varies even the slightest from what they want your opinion to be, they will make you pay with a spirit of vengeance and think nothing of the malice in their own actions. Oh, yeah, they will use fear, and gloat over it when they see you cower.

      Yes, we must never let them steal our hope. We have the foundation from whence it came, and it is rock solid, it can withstand the assault if we stay strong.

      • Lady Penguin, it’s hard in some ways for me to set that out there in front of other people because it opens up old wounds.

        But we’ve got way too many people in this country who seem to want to give someone else the benefit of the doubt all the time without being realistic and objective about the fact that human beings do have a darker side to our nature.

        And for those who haven’t developed internal character strengths, it doesn’t take much of being treated in the manner I’ve described above before they find themselves riding along this edge between hope and hopelessness, with a sense of despair creeping in on them.

        So when people act this way, and when things such as a will to dominate get the better of them, you guard your own heart, mind and soul for all your worth. You keep your head up and your shoulders back. No matter how many times they attempt to “control the outcome” by telling you what you CAN’T do, you find the things you CAN do and you focus on those things. Take the initiative. Be proactive. Look for things every day to be thankful and grateful for. Sow the kind of seed that reaps blessings. Put some cheerfulness and gladness in your own heart and mind.

        Don’t just hand them power and control over you on a silver platter. The inner strength to stand against these things exists. The person just has to choose to do it.

  7. Just as EPU says above, we must be cognizant of what is in jeapardy of being lost. When freedom goes, there goes the world. I like your way of expressing what fills the vacuum once the theif has done his deeds. Fine work, Pen.

  8. “The Thief of Hope” Perfect! Alluding to what lineholder said above I’ve given up trying to see the good in politicians who have none. Obama proved that in the last 2 years, really, he indicated that during the course of his career.

    If only more of that 53% paid attention.

  9. Thanks, red, Jaded, TNJim. As I watched this go forward, the veil has certainly been stripped from my eyes. The Left has every intention of taking down America. Their visions are not the ones of the Founding Fathers. The malignant media is full of them, and it is part of their agenda to bring us down.

    I don’t think we can ever view politicians as just good old boys, or harmless again. Much more is going on…

  1. Excellent summation of what Obama has done to our nation thus far. They say the politicians that promise to give out all kinds of goodies are the ones that easily get votes. This strategy is not going to work after the scales are removed from the folks eyes, and they realize they were tricked into thinking they really were getting goodies. All they got was a lousy bumper sticker.

  2. Thanks pilgrim. The contrast was too great to ignore. The kind of “hope” sold by Obama and the Left, is false, without substance. It only offers anxiety and worry for the future. Not optimism. Everything they propose is to take from another, even from future generations to satisfy the appetites of now, and nothing that can be built that will hold rock steady.

  3. What Pilgrim said, LadyP. You lay it out so clearly, enough so as to be a template as to knowing how to go about fixing these things. Indeed, it is cultural as much as it political.

  4. Well done, Penguin. You made excellent use of that phrase that you used for the title. I was in Walmart in a small town nearby this morning, and there was not one single person grocery shopping who looked the least bit hopeful. Indeed, they were a uniformly glum looking lot. And I was just as depressed as they were and for the same reason– things that I had bought a week or two ago were all higher in price today. Our income is not growing at all, nor does it look as if it will any time soon. And yet the prices that we pay for the necessities rise daily, sometimes, as with gas, hourly.

    Obama is a thief in more than one way. And yet, with regard to change, he has given in abundance. My own hope, which I will not allow him to steal, is that we are moving toward true change of the kind that we have needed for decades. In that, at least, Obama may deliver something he could never have hoped for himself– an America that is set back once more on the path that the Founders intended.

    Here’s hoping!

    • Those words fit perfectly the little notes I had been making for myself. Everything I ever see about the Left, from their class warfare, their racism, to their union thuggery – all of it seems to foment anger, fear and anxiety. And it can never cease, the beast must always be fed. The Founding Fathers thought, that we, as free men and women, could do much better for ourselves, based on our own merit, and gumption.

      Yes, Socialism breeds its own discontent and misery. Look around us. Not much to cheer. If something is built on falsehoods, it can only tumble. Obama is like a magician doing a magic trick, and still there is nothing there. Have to peel away the veil from everyone’s eyes.

  5. Thief of Hope – perfectly said, LP. These oppressive systems rob the souls of men and women of the possibility of joy de vivre. The simple joy of being. Only when free can people dream and have the possibility of attaining that dream.

    And Obama and the Democrats deliberately and with malice steal that freedom.

  6. This is a great article, Lady P, but it puts me in the mood for a rant. I’ve seen Obama’s type before…I was married to someone with some of the same kinds of qualities and traits. They can charm the honey away from a grizzly bear, but they have this underlying will to dominate other people that can be cruel and vicious.

    They will strip you down to nothing, not even a shred of dignity left, if you let them, and not even blink an eye. If you dare to have an opinion that varies even the slightest from what they want your opinion to be, they will make you pay with a spirit of vengeance and think nothing of the malice in their own actions. Oh, yeah, they will use fear, and gloat over it when they see you cower.

    What you never, ever let them do is to steal hope. Never. If that means simply looking at the blue in the sky, feeling the sun on your face, taking joy in the smallest of things…that’s what you do. You do not let them rob you of the sense of worth and value of your own being. Ever.

    Rant over now.

    • You always have excellent rants, lineholder, and these words are quite descriptive of what we face when battling the Left.

      have an opinion that varies even the slightest from what they want your opinion to be, they will make you pay with a spirit of vengeance and think nothing of the malice in their own actions. Oh, yeah, they will use fear, and gloat over it when they see you cower.

      Yes, we must never let them steal our hope. We have the foundation from whence it came, and it is rock solid, it can withstand the assault if we stay strong.

      • Lady Penguin, it’s hard in some ways for me to set that out there in front of other people because it opens up old wounds.

        But we’ve got way too many people in this country who seem to want to give someone else the benefit of the doubt all the time without being realistic and objective about the fact that human beings do have a darker side to our nature.

        And for those who haven’t developed internal character strengths, it doesn’t take much of being treated in the manner I’ve described above before they find themselves riding along this edge between hope and hopelessness, with a sense of despair creeping in on them.

        So when people act this way, and when things such as a will to dominate get the better of them, you guard your own heart, mind and soul for all your worth. You keep your head up and your shoulders back. No matter how many times they attempt to “control the outcome” by telling you what you CAN’T do, you find the things you CAN do and you focus on those things. Take the initiative. Be proactive. Look for things every day to be thankful and grateful for. Sow the kind of seed that reaps blessings. Put some cheerfulness and gladness in your own heart and mind.

        Don’t just hand them power and control over you on a silver platter. The inner strength to stand against these things exists. The person just has to choose to do it.

  7. Just as EPU says above, we must be cognizant of what is in jeapardy of being lost. When freedom goes, there goes the world. I like your way of expressing what fills the vacuum once the theif has done his deeds. Fine work, Pen.

  8. “The Thief of Hope” Perfect! Alluding to what lineholder said above I’ve given up trying to see the good in politicians who have none. Obama proved that in the last 2 years, really, he indicated that during the course of his career.

    If only more of that 53% paid attention.

  9. Thanks, red, Jaded, TNJim. As I watched this go forward, the veil has certainly been stripped from my eyes. The Left has every intention of taking down America. Their visions are not the ones of the Founding Fathers. The malignant media is full of them, and it is part of their agenda to bring us down.

    I don’t think we can ever view politicians as just good old boys, or harmless again. Much more is going on…

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