Browsed by
Tag: change

Can Obama be Re-elected in 2012

Can Obama be Re-elected in 2012

As the November congressional elections draw closer, the conventional wisdom is that large Democratic losses in the Senate and the House of Representatives are inevitable parts of the political process, a reaction to the sweeping Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008. Another view holds that the defeated party reorganizes itself and recovers some political power as the nation seeks a new equilibrium. Yes, there have been political eras where this scenario played out, when the president’s party suffered significant midterm…

Read More Read More

Where is the Change?

Where is the Change?

Is it too early to criticize Barack Obama for his program, his appointments, and his policies? He is not yet president but he is dominating the news and influencing markets and foreign-policy as though he had already been inaugurated. At the same time, he tells us that we have only one president at a time and that president is George W. Bush. Personnel indicates policy, often determines policy, and Obama’s appointments are from the establishment on both domestic and foreign…

Read More Read More

Phenomenon, Phenomena

Phenomenon, Phenomena

When the pundits cannot explain a political development, they label it a phenomenon, often defined as an outward sign of the working of a law of nature and therefore beyond human control, or an extraordinary person or thing, and therefore deserving of our admiration and love. Barack Obama knows about phenomenon. For a year he was regarded as a super person by supporters and detractors. The nation hung on his words, few in number, “change, hope, yes we can,” that…

Read More Read More

Change

Change

It is hard to say what this political campaign is really about except that ambition has propelled some admirable and some not so admirable people to run for president. And, as though they all drank the same magical elixir simultaneously, to begin to utter the mystical word, “change.” As a verb, change is transitive, must have an object; for most speakers it is America, but one candidate said, “We can change America, then we can change the world.” Where have…

Read More Read More

Who is the “Change” Candidate?

Who is the “Change” Candidate?

The candidates for President of the United States present themselves as the leaders who will bring “change” to American political institutions, to the way we manage the domestic affairs of the nation, to how we handle our foreign affairs. Overused and underspecified, “change” has become a political cliché, a trite, stereotyped expression, designed to give weight to the most innocuous proposals that do not modify the form, nature, or content of our politics by making it different from what it…

Read More Read More