A Few Words on Hope


It’s what President Obama ran on back in 2008.  Pictures of his face with the word “Hope” across the bottom of the poster.  Slogan was “Hope and Change” during that campaign.

A leader is a dealer in hope.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

I’ve talked about this before.

Because hope what pushes us.  What drives cultures.  What gets us where we are so very often.

Hope is crack cocaine for the brain.

I’ve preached that to my kids.  Hope is what religions use to drive the flock.  Hope is what politicians preach to get votes.  Hope is what we have each and every day we wake.

It pushes us to believe in things that may never happen.

And then disappointment.  That is the hangover to all the hope.  Disappointment.

Why am I writing this?

We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like.
-Michelle Obama

She is not wrong.

This is the absence of hope.

Losing hope is easy.
-Jack Johnson

See, after eight years of George W. Bush when the main policy seemed to be giving tax dollars to Halliburton and allowing Wall Street to get away with everything, America tried to change gears.  Hope and change.

Obama had to first dig this country out of a repression.  Created by Wall Street.  Allowed by Bush.

Jobs were created and growth was found.  I now make as much money as I was during the Bush administration.  People who work for me make less than I was in the 90’s.

Change didn’t happen.  Hope let us down.

The First Lady is right.

The year of 2016 will be often talked about in the future.  If there is a future.

It’s not about Russians.  It’s really not.  In fact, I’m tired of hearing about Russians.

I saw a story on the television last week that said that less than 50% of the population could hope to make more money than their parents.


The American Dream is dead.  And Capitalism infused government killed it.

The only people guaranteed to make more money than their parents are politicians and professional athletes.

Let’s break down where hope was lost.


That political cartoon says it all.

It was exposed.  Taken away.  Disturbed.

The Republicans allowed their voters to decide.

The Democrats allowed their party leaders to decide.

And then 48% of the populations stayed home on election day.

The First Lady is right.  Hope was taken away.  Hope didn’t get us anywhere.

Hope was just a tool to get votes.

And then disappointment.  Every single time.  For 40 years.

We have become an oligarchy.

We have become a plutocracy.

And nobody is changing this.  The status quo is bad for all of us.

What else do you have if you don’t have hope?
-Michelle Obama

Hope is absolutely essential.  Hope is what gets us going and allows us the ability to get out of bed.  Hope is the driving force in our lives.  From hoping for a better day to hoping our favorite sports teams wins.

I hope the pharmaceutical companies don’t have a hand in the Affordable Health Care Act.

I hope that all the job growth wasn’t just in the service industry providing low income employment.

I hope Citizen’s United will be struck down.

I hope I can get a good job like my parents did.

I hope my kids can get a better job than I did.

I hope to find out Ted Cruz is a robot invented by the Koch Brothers.

Hope is like praying.  The primary result is disappointment.

It’s a strange world.  For sure.  And people have lost hope.  Because we continue to be let down.

Nobody is looking out for any one of us.  The laws which have been passed over the years have made it easier and easier for the wealthy to take money from hard working people.

When the rich people get together, they hoped for trickle down economics and got it.

And nobody thought Clinton would change that.  Everything would stay the same.

I continue to argue that real change will come in four years.  That the reaction to Trump’s one term will be very harsh.

But let’s be very clear about 2016.

Donald Trump didn’t win the election.

Hope lost the election.


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