"All we have is hope."
-- Michelle Obama quote from today
The words went with the political estimate that people are fearful about the country, fearful about Trump, and that empathy will save the day....somehow.
When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock....they were six-hundred miles from the agreed upon location, dumped off in November (about six months later than the original planned date) and had no real supply of food. All they had....was 'hope'.
When Washington took charge of a dismal collection of non-military civilians and led them against the heavier trained Brits....all he had was 'hope'
When Lincoln took the Union Army and trudged off to the Civil War, all he has was basically 'hope'.
When 'Black Jack' Pershing took charge of the American Expeditionary Force in July 1917 and went to fight the more experienced Germans....all he had was 'hope'.
When we landed a military force at Normandy and fought our way into Germany.....all we had was 'hope'.
When we launched a rocket off to the moon.....all we had was 'hope'.
When the University of Alabama was down 13-0 at half-time, and all hope seemed lost, then Sabin brought in the Hawaiian quarterback, and launched the greatest comeback of all time in NCAA football. That was entirely based on 'hope'.
The plain truth is that most every single thing that the country is built upon and exists with.....is 'hope'. It's our trademark, and our brand.
Frankly, we might have too much 'hope'.