"Barack Obama is the candidate who embodies eschatology*; his campaign is one of eschatological hope. . . .
In this speech, Obama claimed that his Iowa victory will be remembered as the time when Americans remembered again what hope is. He then described hope in several ways, concluding,
Hope-hope-is what led me here today - with a father from Kenya; a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world as it should be."
I can only agree. This world is horribly screwed up and it is God's full intention to restore all things to what they were designed to be. Clearly, when we (having full access to tap water) buy bottled water in bulk while millions go without any access to clean water at all (let alone tap water) there is something terribly wrong. We have monopolized the resources (water, food, education, land, capital, medicine, etc.) and intentionally mis-distributed them to our favor. Thus, we exploit the third world and even those in our own midst who are on the wrong side of this system we perpetuate. Which is why I back Barack who A) recognizes this and B) cares enough to do something about it.
Obviously, this hOpe of re-making the world to what it should be is not a policy, as Copeland recognizes. It's a mOtive fOr pOlicy. It's been a mOvement since the apple in the garden, and I'm excited that it's gaining mOmentum. And what if I cast my vOte and Obama ultimately does not get into the White House? Well, more of the same. More survival of the fittest to the detriment of the disenfranchised. I guess we'll pack our bags and flee to New Zealand. But, in the mean time, I'll be there Tuesday to vOte fOr hOpe.
*eschatology: study of the end times or, basically, what to expect when heaven comes crashing down to earth