Vote Hope?

Spes: Hope, from Cognition and the Seven Virtues

The other day I saw one of those cool looking Obama posters plastered to the side of a utility box on the side of the road. It was nothing more than a distinguished looking picture of the candidate with the word “hope” underneath. I thought it summed up the Obama campaign quite neatly but it also highlights the defect in mentality which has crept into this country seemingly without anyone noticing. We elected this man because he gave hope to a hopeless nation.

This is where we find hope these days! We need a politician to give it to us. If we’re not satisfied with our lives we start looking around for someone who will fix it for us. We collectively pass the buck all the way to the president. We want to help the poor but we don’t just go do it, we vote for someone who tells us they will do it and that placates our conscience. If we’re not making enough money, we don’t ask ourselves how we can change our life to create more wealth, we look around for someone to write us a check. As long as they call it “economic stimulus” it sounds like fixing the economy, not buying votes.

I’m not writing this to complain about Obama’s policies. He’s a socialist. OK, but the best thing you can say about Bush or McCain is that they’re somewhat less socialist. Now I haven’t been around all that long I admit, but I can’t help but feel like there was a time when people in this country put their hope in themselves. I don’t think it’s too late. I think there is still a spirit of individualism alive in this country. Can’t we have a charming charismatic leader who inspires people to empower themselves rather than empower him? One whose motto is: it’s not what your country can do for you or what you can do for your country, it’s what you can do for yourself.

For my part I joined the libertarian party last week.

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