Barack Obama ran for the office of President on the back of his experience as a Community Organizer. In that job, he had seen first-hand how the minorities of south-side Chicago lived and how they thought in terms of gaining success. His slogan of “Hope and Change” mirrored that experience. He had listened to people hoping for better conditions for many years and watched as they actually did very little to bring it about. This mattered not to Obama because he saw it as an opportunity to drive wedges between people who had and those who had not, dressing it up as “hope,” and promising those who bought into the “hope” mantra that there would be change. In a way, one could say that was the first lie.
Change comes about in our world when people tire of the status quo and, on their own, decide to do something about it. That desire drives a passion to achieve the goal and change is the way of getting it. One can cite example after example of people in the USA who achieved success in life driven solely by their “desire.” No one took them by the hand and led them to the destination. No one opened up a checkbook and paid their way. The government had nothing whatsoever to do with it. In fact, had the government intervened, the entire effort might have crumbled. Desire drove those individuals to a level of perseverance at which they would not take “No” for an answer. If an obstacle was encountered, they looked for a way to go around it or to overcome it—they did not give up!
The United States of America is a very unique place in that anyone who is willing to roll up his sleeves and work at it will eventually get to some level beyond where he started. Does that mean that our desires are always fulfilled? No, but it does mean that we can come to a place at which we are happy with what we’ve achieved and remain there, rather than risk everything to climb higher. We may not have achieved the heights we had initially envisioned, but that is okay because we’ve come to an understanding of why it was not possible. We had the desire which drove the passion and then, at some point, the passion was satisfied—the itch was scratched.
Hope does not take people on such a journey. This is not to say that hope is a bad thing and should not be part of the spectrum of human emotions. Hope has its place but it is not the primary driver of a passion for change and achievement that desire can be. Rather, hope allows us to live with the status quo. Instead of giving up and deciding that all is lost, hope is what we cling to to endure current conditions and believe things will eventually get better. Hope and faith are tied closely together in that sense, but neither will ever bring about change in and of themselves. A person leading a miserable existence can turn to suicide when all the hope he entertained is lost. Had that same person had the desire to change his situation, the hopelessness of suicide might not have entered his mind.
This is exactly what is missing for the American people today—especially for those who are mired in a kind of life that is less than rewarding. Their family may have known that existence for generations and, like tradition, it has been passed from one generation to the next without change. The key here is that they never see themselves as either responsible or accountable for their situation—they only see themselves as victims of some one or some thing. Our current President is complicit in this, encourages this way of thinking. You can’t do it, and the government is here to subsidize your existence off the backs of working taxpayers. Now, that sounds like a noble gesture, but it has a major flaw—people never seem to get better as a result. In fact, they sink further and further into the quagmire of poverty and welfare, becoming totally dependent on the government for support. In reality, the politician does not really give a damn that he or she has rendered this group of people so dependent—they just want the votes!
Another aspect which plays into this scenario is ignorance. One way or another, we were all ignorant at some point in our life. We did not know how particular things were done and instead of researching it and looking for an answer, we just shrugged our shoulders and gave it up. In that moment, we doomed ourselves to the status quo, and our desire to rise up and achieve was simply replaced by indifference. Sometimes someone who is already acclimated the “status quo” or is in the same position convinces you that this is all that you can do; this is where you belong; this is where “the man” wants you to be; this is your lot in life. This short-sightedness is a cancer spreading throughout entire sections of our population. They have been led to believe that they cannot do it without government assistance. They are, in effect, chained to poverty and welfare by their hidden dreams of hope because the government has robbed them of their desire and passion to achieve anything more.
This condition has spread in the U.S. population like an out-of-control prairie fire ever since Barack Obama assumed the presidency, and it worsens the longer he stays in office, with more and more people embracing the status quo and joining the rolls of welfare. A young black man, mired in generational poverty gives up hope almost from birth as he is told over and over, stay in your place, you cannot do it. The same can be said of many young, white men in the southern regions of our nation and in our inner cities. The kindling of desire is never lit and the flames of the passion never burn. People accept less than they can be because someone told them they couldn’t be more and the government agreed with that assessment.
So, if you look about the world and want for a “better place” you must understand that hope and hope alone will not be the emotion that brings you to that place. You must light the fire of desire that resides within each of us and let that passion drive you in your quest. Once you do, you will know that you are capable of almost anything you put your mind to, and that you are free from the barriers which society erects if you choose to be. There’s no greater form of self-esteem.
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