Letter: Hope and change

By on December 17, 2009

I am scared. I have a job, but for how long? My country has freedom, but for how long? Businesses as a whole have been under assault for more than a year now.

We were sold an idea from a so-called charismatic man—hope and change. The definition of hope: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. The definition of change: to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.

Let us now look at these two ideas more closely.

Those on the left (progressives, liberals, blue dogs, or whatever they call themselves now) had hoped that Barak Obama would get us out of Iraq and close down Guantanamo Bay. They hoped that, unlike past presidents, Obama would keep all of his over 200 campaign promises. They hoped that by passing Obama’s “stimulus” package, supposedly created to foster job growth, that unemployment would not get above eight percent.

We are still in Iraq, and Obama has continued George W. Bush’s plan since entering office and has even introduced his own surge in Afghanistan—no change. Gitmo is still open, as it should be—no change. Over 90 percent of Obama’s campaign promises have not been met and several already discarded—no change, which is a good thing.

There was no stimulative effect from the bill Obama pushed, a majority of the money has not even been utilized, and the unemployment rate has reached as high as 10.2 percent—negative change.

During the election, we had two foreign wars that were controversial. We also, toward the end of an election cycle that seems to get longer every presidential election, had a deteriorating economy that showed signs that it was going to get worse before it got better. Amazingly, our healthcare system was working—as well as more Americans. We now hope that the economy and employment don’t get worse and want the government to change its focus to jobs and away from taking away our freedoms.

Charisma means a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people. I want a leader for the greatest nation on Earth that influences the people by his actions and accomplishments, not by how he gives a speech.

David Selenis
Maple Park