Posted by: morgan1965 | September 25, 2016

The Politics of Change

The word “change’ is heard often in the midst of a general election season. This current election season is no different than previous election seasons – voters want change.

What is change? As a verb, change means “to make or become different,” according to the Oxford dictionary. Change also means take or substitute one thing for something else.

When used as a noun, change is “the act or instance of making or becoming different.” When referring to money, loose coins constitute change.

Do American citizens want change, or something different from what currently exists, or what they now have and experience in their life? The answer, of course, is yes when change will improve one’s personal well-being. On the other hand, the answer is no if it means that one has to change his/her thinking or what one does.

Voters tend to ask this question: What is in your bag of goodies for me? Will I be able to get a job or a better job? Will I be able to get a higher salary and be able to buy a house? Such critical questions have to do with one’s quality of living.

Some observers would characterize these concerns as populist expectations. Politicians have learned that it is helpful to promise change, even when they know that they will not likely be able to deliver on their promise.

So, America is seeking a leader, a president, who will bring about the needed and necessary changes in Washington. Changes that will improve significantly the quality of life for all Americans. Who is that leader?

Change, to be sure, is a very broad concept that is open to a variety of interpretations and misconceptions. When there is a call for change, there is no common agreement with regard to chat needs to change, or be changed. In this 2016 election cycle, we know for sure that there will be a change in who is president. But, will a change in the White House usher in the desired change?

It is appropriate to want our president to bring about change as it relates to specific problems and concerns, such as immigration, criminal justice reform, the economy, taxes, jobs, etc. What about our structures and systems that hold our government together? Can there be any change that eliminates particular problems and concerns without the appropriate changes in structure and systems.

The dilemma that we face is articulated in an article by David Shribman titled “Voters want change – yet they like how things are now.” (“Las Vegas Sun, September 23, 2016). He said: “The 2016 campaign is a struggle for the hearts of voters who are at once desperate for change – and satisfied with their well-being. It is an electorate that is impatient with America’s leadership – even as it is highly supportive of America’s leader.”

Who effects change in Washington? Is it the President? Is it the Senate? Is it the House of Representatives?

If we want to see meaningful change, it might come about when the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives begin to work together on a bipartisan basis for the good of the nation, and not for the political gain of any political party.

Now, that would be a change.

Think about it!






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