Whether it’s Obama, Cain, Romney, Katehi, Quan, Johnson, Breck, Assad, Ghaddafi, Papandreou, Berlusconi, or any name in any position of power, changing the names alone isn’t enough to affect meaningful change. They are just managers of their respective systems. Systems that are malfunctioning, no longer working for the people they were originally designed to take care of. Real change comes from changing the system itself, by the people themselves. We voted for the first Black President on the platform of change. And while i understand and appreciate that change takes time, I don’t see or feel that the steps needed for long term American rehab aren’t being taken. “Buy more” is not a solution, it’s only a junkie mantra.
We don’t need to change names in office. We need to change what those names do, and how they do it. If we opt out of Obama in 2012, the Republican successor will just become embroiled in a different partisan revenge antagonism that won’t help American any more than the man before him. It’s why i didn’t vote at all in 2008. My fears are proving to be well-founded.
We don’t need to change politicians. We need to change politics. The people need to wean ourselves off this sad codependence on our elected officials and more on ourselves and our communities. WE can solve the economy problem by buying local, eating healthier and INVESTING, rather than spending. WE can solve the education problem by becoming more involved in our children’s academics, in the classroom and at home. WE need to stop fighting against gay marriage and start focusing on responsible relationships. WE can support our troops by getting involved in the USO and the VA, instead of just showing up at parades once a year. WE can save the environment by stop buying new televisions and cellphones every year, and start demanding longer-lasting consumer products that will last longer and stay out of our landfills. WE can carpool. WE can start asking questions about what’s going on, rather than accepting it at face value. WE can stop blaming and start taking responsibility.
WE can do something REVOLUTIONARY. WE can pull common sense out of the closet and bring it back in style.
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, We all want to change the world You tell me that it's evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world But when you talk about destruction Don't you know that you can count me out Don't you know it's gonna be all right You say you got a real solution Well, you know We'd all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well, you know We're doing what we can But when you want money For people with minds that hate All I can tell is brother you have to wait Don't you know it's gonna be all right You say you'll change the constitution Well, you know We all want to change your head You tell me it's the institution Well, you know You better free you mind instead But if you go carrying pictures of [insert ANY political figure here] You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow Don't you know it's gonna be all right