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It feels to me like it has turned into a negative place.  There used to be a mix of positive and negative here.  There were the fights and they sucked but there was also the energy of hope.

And this was before Obama was even considered a contender in the 2008 nomination, so, its' not like Obama is responsible for killing hope.  Like the hope was just false hope that he promised.  No, the hope didn't come from him.

The hope came from people who still believed that there WAS hope.  It seems like the only hope I see left around here is the hope that we might win another election.  Which is just such a hollow hope.  

Where is the passion for a better tomorrow?  I still have it.  But I don't dare express it here, because I can't take the crickets or the scoffing anymore.  

My whole life I have been an optimist, but it wasn't until I came to Daily Kos that I felt like I couldn't fit in without holding back that part of myself.  I didn't used to feel that way.  But steadily, after Obama won, the optimism became more and more out of place here.

It's just sad to me.  It makes me sad.

You know, I think I know what it is.  I think I know where the hope went.  It left when the people with hope left or like me simply curbed their enthusiasm.  There used to be people who voiced hope at Daily Kos.  But now, it seems like the only voices left here are voices of anger.  Voices of pain.  Voices of frustration.  Which are valid and crucial voices, but without voices of hope, these voices of anger and pain and frustration just sound like lamentations and heralds of doom.

I know that the tough critical skeptical people need to be able to say what needs to be said about everything.  But the soft hopeful believing people need to be able to say what they need to say too or what is the point?  Are we working toward a world of severe seriousness or a world of happiness?

I don't know.  Maybe because I joined Daily Kos right after 2006 when spirits were lifted and people were ready to believe in themselves that I just got the wrong idea about what it was supposed to be like here.  I just remember the previous decade and the last years have seemed like we've made such amazing strides and I feel so full of hope and I just haven't been able to understand how this place could descend into this depression in such amazing times.  I just don't get it.  

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