The Ordeal of Post-Obama Change

Want to get a new angle on Obama's Hope and Change mantra? Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote the book about it before Obama was even born: The Ordeal of Change. [E]very radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem... It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling. “Action,” wrote Hoffer, “is the most obvious way by which to gain confidence and prove our worth... [but] there must be an abundance of opportunities, and there must be a tradition of self-reliance” for a program of action to work. And back in the 19th century when the first great wave of immigration hit the shores of the U.S., there was. But Obama offered the U.S. change without ordeal, gain without pain: don't worry, be hopey, he told us. It worked for a while, until people woke up to the fact that the reality of Obamaworld was no hope and no change. Obama's change could never work anyway, because he forgot to provide...(Read Full Article)