I respect ordinary thieves much more than I respect politicians. Ordinary thieves take my money without pretense. Unlike typical politicians, these thieves don’t bore me with silly explanations of why their thievery is for the greater good. Nor do ordinary thieves insult my intelligence by proclaiming that they’ll use the money that they steal from me to make my life better than I would have made my life had my money not been swiped from me.
This is what hope looks like. This is what freedom looks like.
Hope is not statism or statolatry. Freedom is not statism or statolatry. Liberty is not statism or statolatry.