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Morning Feature – Got Hope? (Meta Monday)

April 16, 2012

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Morning Feature – Got Hope? (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty left a 2008 “Hope” campaign poster outside the mail room door. The staff knew it was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, addisnana mused on Old Feet in Midday Matinee and winterbanyan reported on Evolving to Fight Epidemics in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared President Obama Launches Campaign Against Romney in Morning Feature, the Squirrel asked What Is Fair? in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: The Sleep Clinic in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan found a Game Change in Epidemiology in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive reminded us that To Win, Progressives Must Speak Out in Morning Feature, winterbanyan encouraged us to Forget the Doomsday Preppers in Furthermore!, addisnana struggled with Rusty Tummy Syndrome in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported that Climate Change Stunts Plants in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began playing TEDscotch with Population, Food, and Energy in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan celebrated the Cold War Cleanup at Savannah River in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued playing TEDscotch with Connectedness and Social Media in Morning Feature and triciawyse offered Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded the game of TEDscotch with Mistakes and Humility in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked He Said What? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Confusion Day Edition in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the 2008 campaign poster left outside the mail room door as the resident faculty made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. The staff immediately sorted out that clue.

The poster was the iconic “Hope” image created by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey, based on a 2006 Associated Press photo by freelance photographer Mannie Garcia. The poster has since spawned countless parodies, and in 2010 Sarah Palin sneeringly asked the audience at a Tea Party event: “How’s that Hopey, Changey stuff workin’ out?” While her tone and wording were derisive, the underlying question will be on many peoples’ minds as the news coverage shifts from the GOP primary to the contest between President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Do those who voted for the president still have the hope they felt in 2008? Should they? Given the daunting challenges we face, as a nation and as a species, is hope reasonable? What should we say about hope when talking with voters like archetypal Fred in 2012?

With no shortage of distressing news, we need to share hope again … and that’s what the resident faculty will discuss later this week.


Happy Monday!

17 Responses to “Morning Feature – Got Hope? (Meta Monday)”

  1. winterbanyan Says:

    Thank you, thank you. Yes, we need to share hope again. Since 2010, it’s been thin on the ground as one party has consistently worked to undermine every good thing the government does, from the social safety net to things like stopping EPA rules to reduce the amount of mercury in the air.

    Really, they’re worried about the costs to a few businesses to reduce mercury pollution, but not at all worried about the cost in human life and health, particularly for children, who have to breathe those emissions?

    Yeah, I’ve been losing touch with hope. Let’s get it back.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Even the progressive media tend to focus on problems – as we must – and that can make the problems feel overwhelming. The problems are daunting, but as we’ll see later this week, there are reasons to hope.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  2. Gardener Says:

    No. Yes, of course! I cringe every time I see McCain on teh TV machine. It could be a LOT worse!

    I tend to agree with Bill Maher, HCR was half-(baked)…… They didn’t even try on EFCA.

    One of the biggest sad facts was/is the lack of solidarity within our own party, IMO. If we could stick together like the R’s, we’d get stuff done. We need more and better Democrats! Now where have I heard that before??? ;-)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      We’ll talk about party solidarity some this week, Gardener. Among other things, we’ll see polls that show President Obama’s support among Democrats – and especially among self-identified liberal Democrats – is far stronger than the Myth of the Disappointed Democratic Base would have you believe. But as your comment implies, President Obama can’t make law on his own. He’ll need “more and better Democrats” to keep making progressive change … and we’ll talk about why we made more progress in 2009-2010 than we realize.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener Says:

        You know, the issue I’d like to see stressed is that the R’s have done everything possible to sabotage the recovery, and with it the country.

        I often tell people to imagine a baseball team where half the players try to lose to make the manager look bad. How’s that gonna work?

        Best, G

        • NCrissieB Says:

          Republican obstructionism will be part of the discussion, Gardener. Despite that, President Obama and Democrats accomplished more than most people realize.

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  3. glendaw271 Says:

    Thank you for this. We really need to start highlighting the ultimate difference between the two parties. The republicans are the party of ‘the government doesn’t work’. The democrats need to be able to share their vision of hope for the country, to make it a better place for everyone, not just the 1%. (Thank you, Occupy Wall Street, for providing this frame, if nothing else!)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      We’ll talk some about the difference between the two parties this week, in reviewing the accomplishments of President Obama and the Democrats since 2009. We’ll also talk about why it’s not foolish to hope, despite the daunting challenges we face.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  4. addisnana Says:

    I still have hope and I am still hoping for more and better change. When I start to feel desperate, the best remedy for me is to get on the phones. I always get mini lectures from a few people on how important a crossroads we are facing and why we need Democrats. The feeling that I am doing something chases away the blahs and energizes me. Beats reading the latest Mitt statement that only gets me PO’d.

    • Gardener Says:

      :smile: PO’d? You? ;-)

      I agree. Was thinking the other day, Willard hasn’t put his foot in his mouth lately. Or did I miss something?

      • winterbanyan Says:

        Willard put his foot in his mouth last January when he announced he supported welfare reform because all those poor women need the “dignity” of a job. It’s gone viral since the GOP blew up about a pundit’s (Hilary Rosen) coment that Ann Romney hadn’t worked a day in her life.

        So they are screaming that stay at home moms work, too. Well, except for poor moms who need the “dignity” of a job. The video has gone viral.

        • Gardener Says:

          Thank you winter, I hadn’t realized that. We have dial-up and never watch videos….

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I agree that activism is the best remedy for ennui. Like you, I find that talking with voters and hearing their stories of determination fires me up as much as (I hope) I fire them up.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. Jim W Says:

    Joelle Novey, Director DC Interfaith Power and Light provided her perspective on discussing Dominion (Gen. 1-6) versus End Time (Revelations) in a worship setting.

    The fact that she works with well over 100 congregations in the DC area gives me hope.

    As part of a network of local Interfaith Power & Light groups across the country Interfaith Power and Light is building a national religious response to the climate crisis.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      That’s very hopeful, Jim. Thanks for the link.

      It’s also hopeful that religious leaders have joined together to call the Ryan budget immoral.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Thank you for that link, Jim. I’ll pass it on to the resident faculty, as stories like that are yet another reason it’s not foolish to hope we can solve even the most daunting challenges.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Gardener Says:

      Thanks Jim, have added to Favorites, and passed it along….