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Commentary :: Politics
8 New Years
18 Jun 2008
Sometimes when you’re worn down and tired of the way things are the best antidote is to change up the routine. New patterns and ways of thinking can help turn corners and discover places which are more rewarding and fulfilling than those of the past. New choices, faces, locales and environments can provide alternative perspectives helping discover fresh solutions to lingering problems and growing crisis for those seeking change.
When a previously replaced part on a car is discovered to be prematurely worn down and defective one usually doesn’t go seeking another of the same to replace it. When there is the choice between a poorly constructed product which has already let us down or one from an alternative source or manufacturer the choice is simple. We try a new one.

In life when we have been going down the wrong direction whether as individuals or as a group the next step is to reevaluate where we need to go and what we can do to keep from going down such paths in the future. We may begin by looking for warning signs previously missed along our trek. As individuals we can examine more closely choices we made which led us to a given predicament.

For groups of people, such as nations for example, it’s the same thing. The responsibility for choosing someone to lead the nation is ultimately decided by voters. As a collective of individuals we the voters decide who from among us will be chosen to lead for any given period of time based on the best information we have available to us at that moment. When that person’s term of office is up we then look at where we are and how far we have come under their guidance.
If we like the way things are we can choose someone closely aligned with the current leadership’s ideologies and simply continue down the road we are on. If we do not like the present course, we may wish to explore ways to get change. For example we might try and ascertain who among our choices of candidates will be most likely to bring us in a new direction. From there it may come down to who is actually telling us they would bring such change, would they be able to deliver on that change and who has a track record of standing up for the kind of change we need.

The individual most closely aligned with the person who took us in an unfavorable direction in the first place would most likely be the one to bring us down a similar path. Thus, it would not be surprising to hear such an individual proposing policies which if implemented would essentially continue the policies of the individual they wish to replace. As the campaign season progresses the individual in office and the candidate with whom they are most closely aligned may begin to advocate similar sounding policies, co-sponsor bills, etc.

There could be a feeling of finality and salesmanship to such joint policies, a feeling that perhaps voters would get something new by continuing with the old; or that we just need to give it more time and the previous course will hold true and prove to be the best. The intended idea of that line of salesmanship would be to send the message that although there is a problem stemming from the policies of the present leadership a candidate from the same background can resolve the current problem for the voters thus saving face for their ideological contemporaries. The pitch from such people might sound as if they were saying, “don’t worry, we’ve got it covered just continue down the same path and it will get fixed.”

This is like the person who sold you the previously discussed faulty car part suggesting you purchase one of the same from a different salesman in the same company as if somehow that would ensure the defective product will magically work better this time. Do that and your transmission will break down again. The new face will have done nothing towards helping avoid the same problem if not worse.

Similarly new directions for nations require new choices, new ideas, new principles and fresh perspectives. Whether aligned with the failing leadership of old or not, change has to come from someone proposing just that. Something new will not come from more of the same. From that you will only get the current direction with altered packaging at best. Why should anyone have to settle for that?

This election season we find ourselves in a position giving us two candidates for president. There is one from the party of the current leadership and one from the party offering alternatives. We have a failing economy, we have one war we support and one we do not, American civil liberties have been dramatically rolled back and there are many other problems.

The candidate most closely aligned with the current administration so far is proposing more of the same thing just packaged differently. Some of the proposals are even being doled out with the two parading around arm in arm as if that somehow patches up any present failures. The candidate aligned with the opposing party has so far proposed a new direction, a fresh perspective and most of all change.

As we listen to what they have to say over the coming months and watch the choices they make along the way let’s think about who is giving us a new direction and who is just repackaging a failed product with a new salesperson pushing it. We can’t afford throwing more money and American lives away towards failed and losing policies. It’s time to make the choice as to whether we deserve a new direction or not.

To read about my inspiration for this article go to I would also like to thank my neighbor Jeff Conklin for revealing to me his story of his work with the Coast Guard doing work in local neighborhoods and communities. I know I speak for my family including my mother, my brother and myself when I say you are an inspiration to all of us and all Americans like us in the work you do. Just knowing of the work you do helps me feel more secure. Thank you for your service and to all men and women of the coast guard who as it turns out guard not only our waters but our communities as well.
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