Eight years ago a candidate arrived on the national scene who embodied the hopes of a generation. He was a political celebrity, eloquent and beloved by Hollywood and all the stars of the elite class. He commanded the attention of young Americans with a message of Hope and Change: boiled down to its essentials, a message that under his leadership, the nation that they believed had turned away from its true promise would become more like what they wanted it to be.
Michelle Obama last week admitted that after eight years of her husband’s leadership, she no longer has hope for her country. The incoming President, Donald Trump, has already responded with a message that ‘We have tremendous hope’. This warring hope shaming is mostly simple partisanship. But there is an implied real question under all of this: Who is that hope in? In what do we trust? In what do we believe?