In the Presidential Election campaign rhetoric of 2008 Barack Obama offered slogans and catchy sayings. Many who were following the rhetoric knew it was largely fluff but it caught on and for many reasons millions bought into the “Hope and Change” mantra. They believed that by electing America’s first black president, the catchy sayings and image he was purporting would allow his promise to “fundamentally transform America” to be a good thing. Now seven years later much of the hope has evolved into cynicism as millions have realized that the fabrications and illusions of political rhetoric and demagoguery will not produce positive change. The most transparent administration in American history has swiftly become the most opaque, divisive, dismissive and destructive in modern American history. Hope has changed to cynicism!
I do not recall every truly trusting the federal government but it is a relatively new condition where many believe that the federal government is America’s enemy not her defender and protector. In my youth we viewed threats to America as largely external until Vietnam. With Vietnam there was the rise of Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and the Weather Underground who wanted to systematically destroy America and kill 25 to 50 million Americans they deemed detrimental to their agenda. These are friends of the current president. They are unrepentant and when the charges against Ayers were dropped he flaunted his success in the face of America saying, “Guilty as sin and free as a bird.” He has, in the past few years, declared that he only regrets he was unable to do more damage. Birds of a feather flock together and since Barack Obama aligns himself with despots around the world and people like Ayers and Dohrn is it any wonder that cynicism has replaced the “Hope and Change” mantra for many?
I recall the words of Nikita Khrushchev, “We will bury you.” He later explained that the USSR would not bury America with shovels but with their own working class. He was identifying an internal collapse in America politically, socially, economically and morally and he was prophetic it seems. We knew that the Soviet Union would, if it could determine a method without destroying themselves, crush America. We knew that other despotic regimes around the world hated us and would topple us if possible. We did not fear the Islamic world greatly but now we have a president who downplays the real threat Islamic jihadist pose and has become an apologist for them while apologizing for America. He has openly been critical of Christians while lauding Islam. With this in view is it any wonder that Hope has become Cynicism for millions?
There are over 94 million Americans not participating the Labor Force and yet the unemployment rate reportedly at 5.1%. How is that possible? Today many small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, there is an open assault by this administration on the fossil fuel industry, guns, fundamental traditional values, American sovereignty and more is it any wonder that the Hope has been transformed into Cynicism?
I desperately try to be optimistic and constantly battle cynicism in the political arena. Sadly, politicians on both sides of the aisle have demonstrated a propensity for Big Government, an insatiable appetite for Big Spending and an unwillingness to truly represent WE THE PEOPLE. They spin the spin, spew forth the rhetoric, make the promises and then abandon principle for promotion, position and power. Am I being cynical? Yes they have transformed my Optimism and Hope into Cynicism and a growing Pessimism regarding politics and politicians.
However, I still believe and cling to my HOPE that there are enough patriotic freedom loving American citizens who will awaken from slumber and rise as a champion of liberty deposing dispelling those who would “fundamentally transform” America into something other than a Constitutional Republic. I pray that God help me and America to have a renewed sense of Hope and a renewed commitment to Liberty and Freedom. May we return to our moral moorings and reclaim our Constitutional Republic thereby restoring HOPE and dispelling CYNICISM!
God bless you and God bless America!