McCain’s Call for “Change” Raises Questions
“Are they in essence accepting that the past eight years has been a
By Zafar Siddiqui, Engage Minnesota
Perhaps never in the history of the presidential elections has the word “change” been bandied about as it is being done during the current elections. The palpable thirst for change is a result of the American public’s frustration with the direction the country is headed in. The dismal financial situation, the ever escalating “war on terror“, the never-ending wars, the increasing anti-Americanism both in the East and the West, and literal drought of fresh ideas cry out for a change in all these areas.
Obama epitomizes the word change in every respect. Apart from being the first African-American nominee of a major political party, he is an exciting candidate like no other in recent memory. His background,
struggles, academic excellence, compassionate community work, sharp acumen in world matters, and cool head are the stuff of legend. Obama’s claim to change has been challenged during the primaries. But
Obama’s nomination all but clinched the issue of who stands for a real change.
The most appalling hijacking of the word “change” came about when the self-declared maverics, McCain/Palin, jumped onto the bandwagon of “change.” This was a non-starter from the beginning. After eight years of Republican administration under , the American public clearly spoke out loud by giving Bush the second lowest in the history of this country.
When McCain/Palin talk about change, one is left wondering what they are going to change? McCain has been in the Congress for over a quarter century and if there was anything left to be changed, he would
have changed it by now. And a glance at his manifesto shows that it will be just more of the same as in the . It surely must be an embarrassment for not only Bush and his administration but the entire Republican party when McCain/Palin call themselves mavericks. Are they in essence accepting that the past eight years has been a total failure?
If that is the case, then McCain’s 90% votes in favor of Bush measures belie his pseudo claims to change. The recent change in McCain-Palin rhetoric, which has resulted in unbridled hatred and division, points to politics as usual. McCain-Palin supporters calling Obama a “terrorist” and shameful shouts of “kill him” heralds nothing but an undesirable change where any sense of decency has been short-changed for naked
Obama’s multi-ethinic, multicultural, and multinational experience is a surreal combination. If anyone can lay a claim to the word “change,” it is Obama.
Zafar Siddiqui is a community activist who lives in Blaine.