Who's the Candidate for 'Don't Change'?
I watched a little bit of CNN's post-primary coverage last night. After watching Edwards', Obama's and Clinton's speeches I've come to the realization that America sucks. I suspect that if I watched the Republicans' speeches I'd still find that America sucks, but in a completely different way.
The candidates are fighting over who gets to carry the banner of change. Change. Change. Change. Change. Change. But here's the thing: America is awesome. We're the richest and most free nation on Earth. In America, even the homeless have televisions. Americans are ridiculously wealthy and privileged. We're spoiled. While bloggers get arrested in Saudi Arabia and Mark Steyn fights the law in Canada (Canada for god's sake), Americans can pretty much say whatever we want. More importantly, we can be who we want to be without government interference - gay couples and teen couples can show affection in public, you can worship how you want to (even if you're a Scientologist!), you can wear what you want to without fear of someone sticking the religious police on you (although you may want to worry about ending up as a Glamour "don't"). We've got it good.
Oh sure, we've got problems. Health care is ridiculously expensive. Our government is bloated. We've got ourselves into a dilly of a pickle in Iraq. There's an group of illegal immigrants who have no respect for American law and an even bigger group who have no protection under the law. We can be a better nation, but I'm digging my heels in the sand against change for the sake of change. I remember some of the changes under the Clinton administration - the rise of speech codes and the persecution of religious wackos. I don't want anyone changing the essential nature of America under the guise of doing so for the "greater good" or to promote tolerance, diversity, pleasantry, etc. To be sure, tolerance, diversity, pleasantry are all generally good things - but my ancestors sure as hell didn't come here because of them. They came here for the chance at a better life and the ability to do whatever the hell they wanted (to be fair, my Polish ancestors at least were a tad, uh, intolerant of government itself). That's America.
America's not a bad football team. You shouldn't build us up by tearing us down. We're more like a really, really good team that just needs that extra piece to take it to the next level. Oh my god, I think I somehow just compared the President to Randy Moss. Oh man...
Posted by at January 9, 2008 09:56 AM
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|# January 9th, 2008 1:43 PM BVBigBro|
|Obama seems to be the candidate for the vaguely dissatisfied. People are able to project onto him any position they desire on whatever issue is dear to them. It will be interesting to see if he can continue that, or if he will be forced to take positions on issues. |
|# January 9th, 2008 1:58 PM james|
|Are the Republicans really for change? To me, it seems that the breakdown is:
Romney: 9/11! no, wait, Jesus!
I may have someone put a nice little jib-jab style video together using the above. ;-)
|# January 9th, 2008 2:15 PM kris|
|I was interpreting Jesus as change - turn America into a Christian nation. 9/11 could be change too - like we have to change into a country that has security as the #1 priority.
I dunno - I'm reaching with that last one.
Randy Moss for President!