Posted by: twotrees | October 28, 2008

Fear v. Hope – polar opposites


Let’s get to it – during the past eight years, the United States has been led by a group of people who have effectively used FEAR as a tool to control the populous, to instill concern in its citizens and to allow a terrible series of decisions to prevail.  By that I mean the war in Iraq, the erosion of civil liberties both here and abroad, the profiteering by big oil, defense contractors and those who benefit from a wartime budget and the loss of standing in world opinion to name a few.

This is The United States of America, not some banana republic, but you might be hard pressed to know that given the antics of our 43rd president, George W. Bush and his V.P., Dick Cheney.  Since his inauguration in January, 2000, Bush and his team have strategically dismantled much of what had been achieved over the prior 30 year period, and I am pretty upset by it.

He will leave office having created a divided country, with roughly half the nation marching in lock step with an ultra-conservative agenda based on FEAR, FEAR of outside aggressors, FEAR of those different from themselves, FEAR of those less fortunate, etc…and the other half struggling to find some sanity in it all but knowing that a culture of FEAR, repression and dogmatic allegiance is not  the path to enlightenment.  I will not spend any more breath on the past leadership, as history will speak to that years from now.

The believers of FEAR are concerned about security, to the point of absurdity.  Case in point:  I was in the Sierra this past weekend and amongst the McCain/Palin signs were even more signs that said:  “HOMELAND SECURITY – All suspicious activities will be immediately reported to the authorities.”  As if terrorists would be coming to Mariposa to do harm to the few people living there?  It is absurd on its face.  But that has been what so much of what the first decade of this new millennium has been about.

When Shepard Fairey created the Obama HOPE poster, it helped to clarified an image of a man that many, including me, were wishing for over the past few years – a leader that transcends politics, thinks independently and who offers a mantra akin to what JFK asked in his inauguration speech in 1961 when he said  ”And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.   My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. “

It’s really not about any of us individually – it’s about us collectively.  We are humanity.

Obama is not perfect, especially experienced, or heavily credentialed.  And yet he has the potential for being one of the most important leaders this country has ever seen.  Remember, it’s leadership that this position requires.  From there, a president must select sound experts in every discipline to fill out a cabinet that does right by the nation as a whole, not just a particular segment.

I’m looking forward to a new direction, a new outlook and a refreshingly new leader.  I HOPE Barack Obama becomes our 44th President of the United States.




  1. Execellent post. People were literally dancing on the streets here in Old Town Pasadena last night. I am elated!

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