July 15, 2008


Ralph Peters on "the audacity of hope":

Audacity is for innovators, risk-takers and crusaders - for those willing to stand in the fire of public opinion and tell a million people they're wrong and here's why. Audacity's not for the passive mob hoping government will fix everything (while blaming government for everything).

Hope is the opposite of audacity. It's passive, an excuse for inaction.

Posted by Sarah at July 15, 2008 04:04 PM | TrackBack

I don't know that I agree with him. I think hope can be audacious, just not in the way that the left in this case tends to use it. I think that the "hope" he describes in this quote is really better described as dependency and lack of initiative, and not as hope itself. I think that "hope" can be audacious when hope and desire spur a person to action; and this may very well be Obama's interpretation for use in his title. I don't agree with the "actions" that Obama and his crowd are spurred to, but I don't necessarily agree that the phrase is itself a contradiction.

Posted by: Emily at July 15, 2008 06:56 PM