The Change; Hope

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)


copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert.

It is said, as individuals, we can achieve all we conceive, if only we truly believe.  President Barack Obama once knew this.  He lived this veracity.  Indeed, candidate Obama’s audacity and accomplishments gave Americans hope.  When Barack Obama reached for the sky he realized what no one thought he could. The electorate was energized.  People came to expect the country was in for a change.   Now, it seems Mister Obama is bogged down by what Eisenhower understood, concerns of the Military Industrial Complex.  

The intricacy of the Armed Forces mission does not confine itself to forceful martial escalation.  Nothing escapes the wide reach of combative nation building.  Lives are lost.  Limbs crushed.  With bullets ablaze, brains are battered or blown to smithereens.  Hope suffers.  Hearts are hurt.

The economy is also affected.  Education policies are altered.  There are few pennies left to provide for adequate instruction.  Health care coverage fiscal calculations related to medical treatments and delivery of services are transformed.  The  billions of dollars spent on defense surpasses any other consideration.  This fiscal truth is obviously not lost on a Commander-In-Chief burdened with the need to appease his many Advisors, most of whom, from the beginning, were intent on war.  

President Obama could not ignore or forget his own earlier rhetoric.  After all, his words “Afghanistan is a war of necessity,” helped him win over the hearts and minds of Conservatives and Independents during the recent election.  As one who believes and works to builds consensus, some say President Obama chose to take the middle path.

With his decision to send more troops, into Afghanistan, the President  has shattered the dreams of many.  Another surge will mean countless communities will wait for more dollars to spend at home.   A patient nation, for a while longer, will remain proud and stay the course.

For now, only eight percent, the progressive fringe, feel a deepening sense of hopelessness.   Millions of Independents have also lost faith.  When only 36 percent of these think President Obama has done a fine job that could prove to be a problem.  

If, over time, personal pains become more profound, the exorbitant budgetary imbalance will not be ignored.  Misery amongst the masses will likely bring more voices of dissent.

In this moment, those on the far Left feel they must vocalize the sentiment heard in society at-large. However, without reason to believe, with signs that change has not come to those most in need, the public will turn nasty. Timidity, as history reveals, is transitory.  

Just as we witnessed in the 1960s, again in 2008, a war weary population becomes disheartened, and loud.  Americans who struggle to survive, and who realize billions, no trillions of dollars are spent on the fight, will ultimately, speak out vociferously

This week, President Obama quoted his predecessor, General Eisenhower,, “Each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs.”  Then, contrary to Ike’s caution, he bowed to the Military Industrial Complex, Should Mister Obama continue down this path people of all walks of life are likely to rise up and say; The change we once believed in, our hope, has become our sense of hopelessness.

References for the reality of hope and hopelessness . . .


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  1. represented hope, and even tho there were significant warning signs, it was hard to not fall for it.  Now that we’ve seen clearly the corporate control of the Senate and Congress are as strong as ever and Obama is giving his best imitation of Bush, hope is hard to come by.  It seems our only hope is they’ve gone too far and the numbers (of enlightened people) will come to our side.    

  2. New  Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor  

    In honor of the 44th President of the   United States  , Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor:  ”   Barocky Road  .”

    Barocky Road  is a blend of half-vanilla, half-chocolate, surrounded by nuts and flakes.

    The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient.

    The nuts and flakes are all very bitter and hard to swallow.

    The cost is $1000.00 per scoop.

    When purchased, it will be presented to you in a large, beautiful cone; but then the ice cream is taken away and given to the person in line behind you.

    You are left with an empty wallet and no change, holding an empty cone with no hope of getting any ice cream.

    Are you stimulated?

  3. Apostates & Heretics beware! The political caldron is

    beginning to heat up, and instead of turning down the flames, we may actually make the mistake of putting a lid on it.

    The art of statecraft since the Renaissance has been to

    control the flames (unless it was punishment at the stake) and find somebody to blame.

    We seem unable to tear down hierarchy. The American Revolution and its Constitutional offspring gave Democracy a decent chance, but it soon was filled with the same Machiavellian Players.

    It’s been a struggle ever since. Obama came across as

    a positive face, one marked by hope and informality, an affable figure willing to speak for the people. And in a blink of an eye, we see Dr. No and Dr. Strangelove in double speak.

    • banger on December 7, 2009 at 19:26

    I too am in harmony with Whitman

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