I find it amazing that a party that touts "change" with a presidential candidate who claims he's a Washington outsider, refuses to change their headstrong position on seeking alternatives to the present broken system by allowing offshore drilling for more oil, which is only hurting their constituents. But who really cares about them anyway, right? They're not running for election.
I had no problem with Obama's change of heart about whether or not to accept public financing. I would have done the same thing. What I do have a problem with though is his reason. 'It's all John McCain's fault, not mine' was basically his message. If it were me, I would have just told it like it was. "Hey, I've raised so much more money through private contributions which is a testament to the power of the message this campaign will take all the way to the White House, that I've changed my mind and have decided to forge ahead without public financing. Hey, I want to win". Honesty. Revolutionary. This is what is expected of anyone claiming to be a Washington outsider. Obama missed the ball again and has proven by his own actions that he really isn't. He's yet another politician who can't speak the truth and will say or do whatever it takes to get that Washington job. I'm also tired of the pundits writing it off as "well, he's a politician. That's what they do." No, they don't. Doesn't anybody get it? That's what we're all tired of. That's the change we all really want.
Change is good. Not the words, the action. Why? Times change. Life changes. I love wearing t-shirts and shorts in the summer on a sunny day, but when it rains, I change. Those who are stubborn refusing to change get all wet. You know, like the ones who have controlled congress for almost 4 years, refusing to change their stubborn left wing positions on everything related to oil drilling, clean nuclear power, illegal immigration controls, to name just a few. Where's that change they're all talking about?
Does anyone really think electing a democratic president during a period of a democratically controlled congress will accomplish anything other than raisiong taxes and increasing government which has always been in the way. That NOT the change I want. (Visit the Social Security Administration once in a while and you'll just how efficient our government really is.)
The greatest thing about John McCain is that he's always been honest. He shoots straight and he says it like it is. Best of all, he's proven to be open minded enough to realize he needed to change when change was appropriate. He reminds me of my parents who put they're foot down about something, but were open minded enough to listen to reasoning, and then changed.
That's the change that I can count on from my next president.