Hope and change must mean fear and uncertainty.
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Not what we want. Politicians and religious leaders use these words to manipulate others. When someone says they offer hope and change, you know they are about to con you. Watch out!
If you are referring to the 2008 presidential campaign, then you are referring to then-senator and candidate Barack Obama, who made that his slogan. He cut a very dynamic figure on the campaign trail but did not talk much about the nature of his policies.
He or his handlers presented him as a "blank slate" upon which you could project anything you wanted onto it. "Hope and Change" means anything you want it to mean.
This was the battle cry of the 2008 Obama campaign in reference to domestic issues. There was a serious backlash against eight years of Bush and the Republicans. However Obama's mantra of "hope and change" was also more universal in scope. Obama intended to bring together all nations and all peoples and for the poorer nations to achieve parity with affluent countries. This would be coupled with redistribution of wealth for the poor and a more globalized sense of being citizens of the world. And, indeed, outside the U.S. Obama was hailed as a man who would erase the world's ills.
But this hasn't worked because: (1) It takes generations to achieve global equality; (2) Countries still have too much self-interest; (3) There are too many other issues, like a global financial meltdown and a high U.S. jobless rate, that have sidetracked this agenda.
So, in essence, hope and change means elevating the poor while taking from the rich. Ironically, hope and change may be Obama's undoing as it's being pushed too hard and too fast and is imploding.
This phrase isn't officially recognised as an 'idiom' although it's much like an 'idiom'. www.freeenglishbrisbane.com - checkout my idiom page.
Hope signifies a wish for better things...change is exactly that...a change, either better or worse than the situation you already have.
Hope is the word where positive thinking people can talk about it and change is the they want it too.
Change is a word every non-incumbent politician always uses in their campaign. Hope is what all Americans have every time they vote, thinking that this time the politician is telling the truth.
I don't know who was responsible for chaining "hope and change" together. Hope is related to belief, to faith. Change does not deal with either necessarily. This is a political term that makes people feel warm and fuzzy more than anything else. Think about it this way, if you have lost all hope, change will probably make little difference until you see results that cause you to want to restore faith and belief. Change for change sake does nothing to necessarily create hope, in fact it could have the opposite effect. Don't fall for the word picture without looking at the content. The best thing we can hope for is that America will wake up and change things back to the orginal intents associated with the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. That might go a long way toward creating faith and belief. WB
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