Change, change, change. Everyone running for president (and probably the House and Senate too, but I haven’t paid much attention to those people) has been caterwauling that word from anywhere anyone will listen; but obviously they don’t really mean it. Real change would mean not just a few new faces doing the same old thing, following the same system that got us into all the messes that we’re in. In the circumstances we are in right now, we can blame a lot of people for a lot of different things, but I don’t think that matters so much. Not Your Daddy wrote a blog saying that everyone is to blame for the subprime mortgage crisis (although he does go out of his way to say that the Democrats are wrong for only blaming the lenders, while not mentioning at all that the Republicans are only blaming the borrowers); the lenders should have known better than to lend their money to people who can’t afford to pay it back, while the borrowers should have known that getting a house with no money down and a large monthly payment would end up screwing them in the long run. I’m not disagreeing that everyone is to blame, but I’m saying that we are in the situation that we are in and trying to figure out who should take the blame isn’t going to help us progress out of it. I’m not claiming to have a solution, but if we all put as much energy into figuring out what to do now as we do into placing blame, I’m sure we would have one in no time. The candidates are too busy slinging mud to actually give us any real plans or solutions that they may think of; what are any of the candidates plans to fix the battered US image? What are their plans to assure that people are taken care of when they become sick and/or elderly? How about a plan to stop us from sinking into a recession? It’s time to demand real change, because just talking about change isn’t anything different than what has been going on since the beginning of politics.
Paul Wolfowitz, who was one of the designers of the blunder we call the Iraq Occupation and was then forced to resign as head of the World Bank due to corruption, has now been named head of the US Security Panel. If anyone was serious about any kind of real change they would be speaking out right now. All the members of our wonderful Congress (including the two major Democrat candidates) are Senators who can stand up and make a stink when corruption like this occurs. However, they are too busy worrying about themselves and winning the next primary. They are spending so much time talking about change that they have no time to actually enact any.
In the past two days in Kenya, Kofi Annan has arrived, President Mwai Kibaki has met with opposition leader Raila Odinga, and tribal violence has broken out, killing at least 45 additional people. At this time last week, things looked as if they were headed in the right direction; The Orange Democratic Movement (the opposition group, headed by Odinga) were holding protests every day – for the most part, not responding violently to the violence being inflicted upon them – and planning for boycotts of the major companies supporting the president. Politically, they won a vote and their party’s representative was named speaker. Then, all of a sudden their patience ran out (not very much patience for a supposedly Democratic country) and they took back to the streets with machetes and bows and arrows. As it stands now, since December 700 people are dead and 250,000 have been forced to flee their homes.
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