I just listened to Barack Obama go on and on about ‘Hope’ in America in his speech after winning the Iowa Caucuses. The first thing that crossed my mind when I heard him was “Hope? Where’s the hope in America and where has it been for the last twenty years?” Sure, hope is a good thing if the situation has a chance of improvement, but I’ve heard these politicians over and over again in my twenty plus years in the US talking about hope. Yet do you see any difference in America?
Bill Clinton ran a whole campaign on “The Man From Hope, Arkansas”. You can still watch his video at the William J. Clinton Foundation’s website, yet his hope didn’t really get us very far. Under his presidency, things did improve but hope was short-lived. America then got stuck with Bush the younger, and ‘hope’ went down the toilet.
Under George Bush, America has seen almost 4,000 American men and women killed in a bogus ‘war’ in Iraq. Under George Bush, the major corporations have continued to flourish while mom and pop stores closed down by the thousands. Drug companies have continued to see record profits, and more and more Americans have fallen under the poverty line, unable to afford even basic healthcare. In the last 8 years, the rich have gotten richer and the poor are poorer. School shootings are up, prices are up, gas is way up, and the average American’s standard of living is down.
And sure, this all worsened under George Bush, but does anyone seriously think that, under any other President, things will be any better? Of course not, because the core values of the US and Americans haven’t changed and won’t change.
The US is all about make more money, buy bigger cars, eat more food, get more stuff. Americans are gorging themselves on fast food, flashy cars they cannot afford, expensive ‘toys’ that will get repossessed the minute they lose their jobs, and working longer hours than almost any country in the world, just to buy more stuff. Because of this, large corporations have become wealthier while foolish Americans don’t save and hand all their hard-earned money to big business. Big business runs America, it runs America’s politicians, and it runs YOU.
Hope? There’s no hope in America. I lived there for 20 years and, when I left, my hope in the American dream was long gone. All I saw was a country in decline, run by selfish, self-centered people who only wanted to protect what was their’s and screw everybody else.
But the biggest sadness for me was to still see the ‘little man’ working and wishing for the American Dream. A dream that no longer exists and, honestly, very rarely did. So, if that’s your hope – let it go. And maybe get a little reality. Hope, Mr. Obama? Hope died years ago.