Armstrong Williams

Thales of Miletus, considered one of the first philosophers, said, that hope is the most abundant thing in the world, because even when you have absolutely nothing, hey, at least you still have hope.

We’re not seeing a whole lot of hope coming out of the Obama campaign this time around, despite whatever Thales might have said. Remember the good old days, when Senator Obama—without the gray hair!—analyzed for us the concept of hope? He waxed poetically its very definition, its meaning, on this magical substance that he had invented and was now selling for 5 trillion borrowed dollars.

?“Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”

What’s curious is that insisting on something despite all evidence to the contrary sounds a lot like blind optimism and ignoring the roadblocks that stand in our path. Regardless, why we need a United States Senator to explain for us what hope means, or how any of this logorrhea might bear on policy is still a complete mystery to everyone who was paying attention in those heady days, five trillion dollars ago.?

Hope was even in the title of his book about himself—his second one, excuse me—a title taken from a sermon given by Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

As in 2008, President Obama is running on biography, personality, and on the perceived faults of his opponent, or of people associated with his opponent. He must believe that the above tactics will work or else he would not be running such a campaign.

But we’re not hearing about hope anymore.

This year’s version of “hope and change” is “forward.” It’s a term just as empty of content as “hope and change,” something that no one can disagree with. It’s easy to see why it’s so useful.

But it’s also easy to see that it’s stupid.

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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