Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
To my great disappointment, it appears that the politics of division are making a big comeback. Many Americans share my disappointment – especially those who were filled with great hope a few years ago, when then-Senator Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois.
Together we will build an America where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper sticker.
I think by now I have made it fairly clear that I am not very happy with the word hope. I don’t believe in people just hoping.
For all their current prestige, Osama bin Laden and the suicide bombers are still regarded in all but the most desperate districts of Gaza or Peshawar as romantics with little chance of more than symbolic victories, however bloody and brutal. That gives both the Middle East and the West a small and distant hope of security.