Did you “choose hope over fear”? If so, you’re not getting it.

Posted by: ST on July 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Hope? Nope.Well, not entirely, anyway.

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a day similar to Michael Douglas’ character in the 1993 movie Falling Down (remember the “Whamlette” scene?), but something I saw earlier this evening after I had waited 20+ minutes in line at Walmart to make a return just rubbed me the wrong way.

After I spent about 15 more minutes shopping, and waited another 15 or so minutes in the “20 items or less” line – behind one person, I proceeded to my car when I just so happened to notice a sticker on the back of a rather large SUV (not a hybrid, I should note) that read “Hope Over Fear – Obama 2008” (or something along those lines. I thought to myself, “Has this person gotten that hope over fear” ever since the candidate they voted for won last November?

The answer, I knew immediately, was no. I also felt quite confident that the person, like so many millions of others duped into voting for the guy who was a State Senator a little over 4 years ago, probably has no idea that they’re not getting that “hope over fear” that they “chose.” Either that, or they, like so many other True Believers, believe that it’s “ok” for the Obama administration to use the fear card because the administration “means well.” Uh huh.

—– Barack Obama and his administration – alongside Democrats in Congress – have made it perfectly clear that if we don’t do something NOW about the health coverage situation, we’ll have a crisis of epic proportions not later, but sooner, with the sick getting sicker, more people not having coverage, etc. Where’s the hope over fear in that?

—— The Obama administration made it clear right after the President’s inauguration that if we didn’t get a stimulus plan passed “soon,” that the economy would collapse and we’d be looking at the Great Depression II. “Worry about the details later,” they demanded. Well, the stimulus has long been passed, and unemployment continues to grow, the economy is stagnant to worse, the administration has to spin jobs numbers, while Joe Biden says earlier this week that the admin “misread” the economy and that it was “worse” than they initiall thought it was – which paved the way for opening the door to a second multi-billion dollar stimulus package, now being pushed by at least one Obama advisor, as well as a leading Democrat in the House. Why? Because, according to the advisor, the first one was “a bit too small.” Where’s the hope over fear in that?

—– Global warming alarmists within the administration, in Congress, and elsewhere, proclaim that the world faces imminent “catastrophe” if we don’t do something NOW to combat so-called man-made “global warming.” The Goracle, who is not in any way, shape or form a scientist (which is the main measuring stick for “credibility” amongst staunch global warming alarmists, unless you happen to agree with them, which in that case means it’s ok to spout off various doomsday scenarios as often as you please), escalated the rhetoric today by comparing the fight to combat global warming to the fight against … Nazism:

Al Gore invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill today by encouraging political leaders to follow the example of Britain’s wartime leader and unite their nations to fight climate change.

The former US vice-president accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming. He said lack of awareness among voters allowed governments to avoid taking difficult decisions.

Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment , sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War II.” He added: “We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource.” Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as the threat during World War 2.

“The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshhold where political leaders feel that they must change.

“The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it’s a necessity.” Mr Gore, who brought the issues around climate change to a mass audience with the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, said the great hope for the future lay in the high level of environmental awareness among young people.

Translation: Let’s fan the flames of fear, regardless of whether or not mankind can actually do anything about global warming in the first place.

Where’s the hope over fear in that?

I could go on and on, but ya’ll get the picture.

“Is there hope anywhere, ST?” you may ask. Sure – sure there’s hope. The Obama administration is hoping you won’t see right through their game-playing and scare tactics. The Obama administration is hoping that by playing a passive role in relations with Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, that no one will notice the fear in their eyes over the very thought of actually having to take a strong stand on, well, anything.

The rest of us are just hoping like hell we can get through the next four years with only minor injuries. Highly unlikely.

Depressing? Irksome? Enraging? Baffling? You betcha.

Two quotes I leave you with:

“A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.” — President Obama, 2/4/09

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” — Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, November 19, 2008 (video here)

‘Nuff said.

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10 Responses to “Did you “choose hope over fear”? If so, you’re not getting it.”


  1. DaveinPhoenix says:

    Americans are a nation of adolescents who threw out of office the very people who gave them the balanced budgets of 1998-01: the Republican Congress. These same brainless sacks of crap then replaced the honorable adults who gave them this very nice economy with self-serving hypocritical lying hacks who have corrupted absolutely. With guns pointed at their heads, the millions of adolescent irresponsible Americans then decided to purchase homes which they absolutely knew they could not afford. After collapsing the economy with this effort, they then blamed Bush and elected a Socialist scumbag into the White House and even more self-serving hypocritical lying hacks who are so busy destroying jobs and taxpayers, that they don’t even have time to read the legislation which they pass.

    I’ve lost all hope – not so much in politicians, but the root cause of the problem: a nation of adolescents who are entirely irresponsible, lazy, ignorant, and clueless about how to successfully lead a nation forward. Clueless about American history and how we became the greatest nation on Earth. And until America grows up, it’s truly hopeless.

  2. Frank Kealty says:

    The “Big Lie” technique of propaganda, which is based on the principle that a lie, if audacious enough and repeated enough times, will be believed by the masses seems to be the guiding mantra of the current administration. Josef Goebels would be proud.
    Since we are all carbon based units isn’t cap and trade then a tax on the air we breathe? This is the path to slavery people-wake up before it is too late. Taxes=control.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    Since much of Obama’s support was from timorous boobs afraid they’d be branded as racists otherwise, the “hope over fear” schtick is rich.

    But what do you expect from the people who claimed to be above racism, while throwing the race card down at every opportunity?

  4. Carlos says:

    Fairly accurate, Dave. The public schools should be proud for bringing us at least two generations of nitwits who couldn’t understand history if it slapped them upside the head (but they sure know how to keep from getting preggers from a cucumber!).

    Hope and change? Yeh, I’ve got it. I hope this country lasts long enough to change administrations, but that hope is fading.

  5. jann says:

    We have a person who gives us hope over fear but our side is too hung up on protocol to get behind her. Yes behind her, you see she put herself in the lead now and people are scared to trust her because they have been lied to so much. But she wears her beliefs on her sleeve and her actions are in step with those beliefs. In a way she’s playing with peoples mind she’s so honest. I find it very hopeful to finally see someones soul for a change, for that matter that she has one.

  6. Brontefan says:

    I would have to say our entire educational system should receive the credit for the millions of people who raced down to the polls and voted for “hope and change” that they knew nothing about. Some interviewed did not seem to be aware that Obama’s running mate was not Sarah Palin. When a journalist went to NYC to interview people about Obama, he actually credited OB with the McCain platform; however, no one seemed to notice and everyone was still for Obama. This country has changed all right! I was planning for my retirement and things were looking fairly good; now I am unsure if I will be able to retire in five years. My only hope is that somehow sane Americans can stop this insanity before we are totally socialist. The problem with most liberals is that they don’t notice they’ve been duped until it is too late and the damages have been done. Where in the US Constitution does it say we give tax dollars to the Secretary of the Treasury to do as he wishes? I wonder if all those GM & Chrysler employees who are being sacked are finally understanding what it means to have a government take-over? OB lives like a king while he spends our tax dollars at an unconscionable rate and people still think something wonderful is going to happen and the jobs are just going to materialize right before our eyes? Don’t we need to hae new businesses or expanding businesses to create jobs? How many jobs will be created when we are taxed beyond our wildest dreams for all forms of energy? When people can’t afford gasoline to put into their cars in order to commute to work–will they really be more interested in the global warming fantasy than in basic survival? I was in secondary education and I complained that we were graduating students who could read “words” but had no comprehension skills whatsoever. I was shunned and criticized for introducing the concept of literature as a vehicle for reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. One high school junior insisted on writing a report of Clinton and wrote that he was impeached because of the partisan vote. When I pointed out that the vote was not along party lines–he was furious. He refused to remove that line from his paper, even though I showed him the Senate vote. You are right—liberals will believe the lie if it is more convenient. . It’s the truth that is INCONVIENENT!

  7. Linda F says:

    Oh, Sister, I know how you feel. It’s hard to keep some degree of optimism in the midst of such massively quick demolition of everything that makes America great.

    But, I keep remembering those words of Tennyson, who wrote:

    We must lose ourselves in action, lest we wither in despair.

    We who are conservative have to use our best attributes – courage in the face of overwhelming odds and conviction that we fight for the right things – to overcome this, our darkest hours. We can do no less than the Valley Forge soldiers and other patriots who fought for their country (which really didn’t even exist at the time).

    Have a few drinks tonight. Then, tomorrow, put on our big girl panties, and slog on.

  8. Carlos says:

    Way back, the Soviet Premier Kruschev declared (during the Cold War) that they would not have to bury the United States – we would bury ourselves. Well, about the same time between that declaration and the fall of the Soviet Union has occurred since that fall, and Kruschev’s prescient declaration is coming true. Unfortunately it is due to racism that we now have a prez who leads us to that demise.

  9. Great White Rat says:

    I’m with Dave and Carlos on the effects of miserable education. I’d add that this is a problem that will NOT be fixed, because liberals want a population of dunces. Anyone with the slightest grasp of economics, for example, knows the socialism fails every time, and would not vote for Obama. A stupid population is the libs’ best hope for keeping power.

    That fits in perfectly with the teachers’ unions, who want the status quo – low standards, no merit pay, no parental school choice. They’re willing to fork over multi-millions in campaign cash to leftists who mouth platitudes about reforming education, but will do nothing at all to solve the problem. That’s especially true in the urban centers where you find the worst schools.

    You want to know what Obama will do for education? Look at what he did with $100 million of Annenberg Challenge money.

  10. Carlos says:

    Used to be a saying out there, “Them what can, do. Them what can’t, teach.”

    I’ve never seen a study that showed students in any education college of any university in this nation weren’t (on average) the lowest secondary GPA and SAT scores on campus, and few that showed they didn’t have the lowest average GPA scores in college.

    And I’ve met few who had fundamental writing skills in English, and not a whole bunch who could put a coherent sentence together.

    But, I’ve also found that, almost without exception, they knew how to put a condom on a cucumber!

    They obviously know what the establishment’s priorities are.