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Posted at 12:00 AM on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by David Horowitz
Hope: Obama's Two-Edged Sword
Everybody's talking about Bill Maher's rant against the great black hope for being too much talk and too little substance and for caring about what people think (imagine that! a politician who looks at the polls...). Here's my take. I've been concerned as readers of this column know with the gloom and dooming on the right by people who think Obama is the problem rather than the Democratic Party and political left, and who are convinced that because so many people think the president walks on water, the end times for America are near.

This kind of fatalism can be self-fulfilling which is why I've written several columns already warning about the dangers of "Obama Derangement Syndrome." I don't want to see Americans throw in the towel in the first rounds of the battle. And the Maher outburst is a good moment to stop and consider why.

Every hope that Obama raises is an expectation that can turn against him; every worshipper is a potential suitor scorned. The very delusions that once powered people's belief in Obama are time bombs waiting to explode. Hope for change for Obama worshippers meant immediate surrender in Iraq. It hasn't happened. We're escalating the war in Afghanistan. Bush lives! How mad do you think that is making Obama's leftwing? And we still haven't closed Guantanamo. Whining from the left is easy. Reality is hard. Look what's happening to Obama's plan to appease Ahmadinejad. It's being exposed for what it was -- betrayal of the Iranian people who suffer under his yoke and hate him and are turning out in the millions to overthrow him. His promises of peace in the Middle East are about to blow up in his face, just as they did in Clinton's before him. And what about all those expectations of jobs, which American voters have paid trillions to "save and create"?

There is a firestorm brewing on Obama's left. On his right, conservatives have never been angrier or more fearful of what he will do next. That too is fueled by his promises of change -- his hope. This administration is headed for trouble, and the name of that trouble is hope -- disappointed hope on the left and the continuing fear of radical change on the right.

David Horowitz is the founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of the new book, One Party Classroom.

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