Interesting thought process here.
I was just watching The Neverending Story, and one of the characters says "People who have no hopes are easily controlled, and he who has the control has the power."
I couldn't help but relate this to modern politics. Obama campaigned on Hope, and the Tea Party seems to disagree with everything he says, wanting to stay stagnant.
George Carlin once offered a slogan for uber-conservatives: "F*ck hope".
Perhaps Gmork knew this best. Maybe taking away hope for a better future, filling the people's heads with delusions that the past was some grand and perfect device that Hope has destroyed, has made these people easily controlled. And he who has the control (Beck, Rush, Palin) does have the power.