If you haven’t noticed, the theme for the 2008 Presidential Election seems to be the word “change,” with the idea that we need to “change” the policies of President Bush. Barack Obama started this theme with his slogan of “Change you can believe in.” Thus, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards also jumped on the “change” bandwagon. In short order, even Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was working the word “change” into his primary campaign.
Finally, we’re down to Barack Obama and John McCain, both now professing to be the “agents of change” in Washington.
Here’s a report from CBS News
What I find most irritating about both of their “change” stances is that they act as if the will not have congress to contend with. If they’re talking about out of control spending, it was the congress in the past 8 years which was responsible, with the help of President Bush signing their spending bills.
For John McCain this is a new theme, however, I’m betting focus groups have indicated that voters, regardless of party, like hearing about change from the candidates.
I don’t have much of a point here with this, more so a question. When does “change” get turned into policy and positions? Beyond that, now we apparantly have two forms of “change” to pick from, the Obama flavor or the McCain flavor.
McCain’s “change” seems to be geared toward reigning in congressional spending and restoring some order to the budget.
Obama’s “change” seems to be differing policies than President Bush such as socialized health care, ending the war in Iraq, and increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
I suppose it all depends on your perspective of what needs to be “changed.” Surely change will occur as President Bush will be replaced wit President McCain or President Obama.
However, isn’t every election about change? Even with an incumbent in the race, the challenger always runs on differing policies of “change.” Furthermore, in an open election like this, Obama and McCain have both staked out their “change” positions.
Change is nothing new my friends, it seems to be the theme of every election in some way, shape, or form. Hence the point of electing new people for a “change” with regard to ideas, interests, and politicians.
“Change” is just a fancy way of saying “I disagree with your policies and would like to enact my own,” however, that doesn’t fit well as a campaign slogan or on a rally sign.
No disrespect to either candidate, this is simply my observation which turned into somewhat of a post on the subject.
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