When Does Hope End? Part 1

A weakness of my generation of Americans is our ingrained gullibility. Those of us who were educated before the hippie generation took control of our public education system, were taught about the greatness of our country and the honesty and good character of our historic leaders. George Washington could not tell a lie and Abraham Lincoln was Honest Abe.

Our first inclination is to trust that people in general are honest and good. The gullibility that encouraged us to believe that today’s political leaders are generally honest as well has put us in jeopardy of losing all that is good about America. We want to believe that these politicians want what is best for us and our country. We want to believe what they tell us – especially if we happen to like their public personas. We tend to trust them without them first having to prove their trustworthiness. Either that is the case or we believe in them for a more dangerous and suicidal reason – because they affiliate themselves with one political party or another.

The most repeated mistake made by the citizenry of the world’s most blessed nation is that we tie our hope to men or to some wrongheaded ideology that points directly away from the principles of God given freedom and liberty on which we were founded. What we need to tie our hope to are the founding ideals, values, principles and freedoms that built and sustained us. We must then only support would be leaders who have proven in their lives by work not words that they live by and endorse our enduring national character.

Here in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia we still have many Yellow Dog Democrats. If there was a yellow dog on the Democrat ticket, they would vote for it before they would even consider voting for a Republican. Their votes have little to do with the person or an ideology. My Daddy was a Democrat, his Daddy was and his Daddy… is typically their reasoning. Today’s Democrat would likely call Daddy (theirs and mine) a far right wing fanatic. Daddy broke his back in a coal mine every day and was paid with company script and a charge account at the company’s store and he lived in a rickety, rented coal company house. Daddy earned his way, raised his family and never looked toward the government or anyone else to help with his personal responsibilities. Daddy, in fact, was to the political right of most of today’s Republicans. Yellow Dog reasoning and logic has kept Democrats in charge of our state legislature for decades and kept our state rated last in every important vital statistic while the politicians themselves are doing quite well. We vote for the party and cling to the hope promised by the party’s figure head. Hope that keeps everything just beyond our reach – perpetually.

Our Congressional delegation except for Republican Representative Shelley Moore-Capito and our Democrat Governor endorsed the candidacy of now President Obama. An endorsement, especially for the Presidency, means that you endorse everything about the person – their associations, their policies and what they might mean for the people of your state, their beliefs and the character of the man or woman themselves. Later, you cannot say I did not know that. The alternative is that instead of endorsing a person, you are endorsing your political party. Like communists, you place party affiliation before the people. Continued in part 2.

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