Thursday, February 17, 2011

Empty Straw Man

It's easy to criticize Obama for this healthcare initiatives. Those who claim his defense will note he's only been at it for 2+ years. Bush had 8 years to screw it all up. But heres' the thing with American politics, there's no real change.

Obama preached, "change you can believe in."

But what exactly is that change? Can anybody tell me what that 'change' ACTUALLY is? Is that a change in something? A change in stuff? A change in underwear? Nobody actually knows what change is....

It might represent something, but change wasn't actually anything substantive.....but many believed in it.

It's also true that in the last election the conundrum for many was 'ABB' (anything but bush); or at least for independents.

In came Obama.

But before we all nod in agreement, whomever Republicans think can unseat Obama wouldn't really be a change.

Seriously, think about it. The same 'change' that's empty for Obama's campaign will be the same empty 'change' preached by Republicans.

Back to my thoughts on politics, it's all the same. Republicans might be conservative for some social positions, and Democrats liberal.

But the political spectrum for the most part is straight down the middle of the road.

Yea yea, a road has a yellow line and cars go in different directions, but the metaphor still works--we don't REALLY have a difference.

I'm waiting for something huge to change, my change would have to be substantive, maybe a third political party? Maybe a change in party systems? I don't know, but it would have to be huge to budge what is essentially status quo.

For Obama, 'Change' was really an empty modifier to maintain status quo.

For the next Republican in office it will be the same: status quo. Don't believe that problems are solved with a change in goverment b/c fundamentally the rich still get richer and the poor poorer.

Enough with status quo, we need change we can grasp, touch, feel, and not just 'believe in'.


  1. This is precisely why people are getting tired of politics. People no longer vote for a person they believe in. They vote for whomever can either (A) give them another hand out or (B) do the least amount of damage.

    Nice to see you back. :)

  2. I think we can do better, but it's going to start with us, the media, and then the politicians.

    I'm back? I'm new actually, not affiliated with whomever wrote here before, welcome though :D

  3. Funny, only your original post Under New Ownership showed up on my feed. Now that I see you have blogged something, I rescind my original comment.
    Have to go help a daughter right now, but I will return:)