Hope n’ Change

This may well be the last Hope n’ Change.

Stilton Crazy After All These Years

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Wow- here we are. After 8 years of ups, downs, and the intense insanity of the Obama administration, we’ve finally reached the last day of Hope n’ Change Cartoons (at least for the foreseeable future).

I’d like to say things that are grandiose and moving, but who the heck needs that kind of pressure? If Lincoln had known beforehand that generations of kids were going to have to memorize every jot and tittle of the Gettysburg Address, he probably would have gotten writer’s block and a migraine.

Moreover, if you’re reading this, odds are good that you’ve already heard my opinions on pretty much everything. You know where my heart is and why I reflexively twitch when I hear the word “Obamacare.” You know that I love this country, love those who have fought and died for our freedoms, and hope passionately that our nation has a bright future ahead.

Of course, that’s only going to happen if we all continue to work towards that goal. And I really mean “all” – people of different political beliefs, races, economic strata, and whatever passes for gender these days.

I’m worried about that, because Obama’s primary legacy (well, other than the wild pendulum-swing Presidency of Donald Trump) is one of hatred and anger, with American pitted against American. We see it every day now with the Left literally going out of its mind, declaring folks like us to be hatemongers, Trump to be the new Hitler, and the (formerly) United States of America to be a vicious fascist state.

Most of these people aren’t evil – they’re decent folks who are frightened and who have been lied to, and demonizing them would only be playing into Obama’s game. Unfortunately, these people will not be swayed by words or logic (let alone delightfully witty webcomics) but will eventually have to have their opinions changed by actual successes from the Trump administration. Successes so large and tangible that there can be no denying them. Which is the same standard we should all use to judge every Presidency.

But even that may not be enough to convince those few who take an ugly pride in cultivating closed minds, cutting off communications to those with whom they disagree, or who simply lack the critical ability to process information anymore. Today I saw a story saying that Facebook (where many people get their “news,” God help us) has instituted new algorithms to make sure that no more “fake news” ever appears on their list of breaking stories.

So what was at the top of their list of non-fake news today? This little gem…

screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-1-18-46-pmDisclaimer: the views expressed are not those of anyone sane.

The “person to blame” is Donald Trump (surprise!). But who the hell are these “scientists” and by what power of scientific precognition are they able to foretell “apocalypse” or reset the hands of the preposterously-named and entirely bogus “Doomsday Clock?!” Fake news doesn’t get any faker than this – and it can come from the Left or the Right. We need to cultivate skepticism while trying not to lapse into cynicism.

Looking back at 8 years of Hope n’ Change, I’m proud of the fact that the cartoons and commentaries hold up as accurate and truthful. I’m proud of the fact that my vigorous opposition to Obama and the progressive agenda was never based on blind hatred, but on disagreement with actual policies and pronouncements. I genuinely gave this president a chance…but it didn’t take him long to show himself wholly unworthy of his high office. [snip]

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