Home
In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 11, 2008 / 11 Elul 5768

Real Change for a Change?

By Roger Simon


Printer Friendly Version

Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Was there ever a time in American life when people were happy with the way things were? Was there every a time when they didn't want change?


Was there ever really a "good old days," or is that just a fiction, a product of our idealized memories, a backward reflection of our current discontent?


Whatever the answer, most people are clearly unhappy with the here and now. More than 80 percent of Americans tell pollsters that the country is on the wrong track and they are dissatisfied with the status quo.


Yet optimism is the most American of American traits. Americans truly believe that life will always get better, that our children will have a better life than us and their children will have a better life than them.


But to achieve this, we need change. Everybody now running for president and vice president agrees on that.


Change is the byword, the buzzword, the essence of both the Democratic and Republican campaigns for president.


Barack Obama made it the cornerstone of his campaign in the primaries. He ultimately defeated Hillary Clinton by portraying her as an agent of the old Washington ways, while he promised to turn the page and bring change.


In his acceptance speech in Denver, he used the word 15 times, including: "The change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington. Change happens because the American people demand it — because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time."


Joe Biden, his running mate, used the word six times, including a slap at McCain. "These times require more than a good soldier; they require a wise leader, a leader who can deliver change," Biden said, "the change everybody knows we need."


John McCain, too, has picked up on the "change" theme. McCain used the word no fewer than nine times in his acceptance speech in St. Paul, Minn., last week. "Change is coming!" he promised. "In America, we change things that need to be changed."


Sarah Palin used "change" only three times, but she did a neat little riff on it in order to bash Obama while praising McCain. "In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers," she said, "and then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change."


Obama is now a little miffed at how the Republicans are using what he considers his theme. "They had been running on experience; now they're trying to repackage themselves," Obama said in Flint, Mich., on Monday. "We've been talking about the need to change this country for 19 months. I guess it must be working, because suddenly now John McCain is saying I'm for change, too."


So does this mean that voters will get change no matter whom they vote for?


Maybe. Or maybe they will get what they have gotten in the past: empty promises.


As John McCain points out, many people get elected by promising change, but change never seems actually to take place.


What happens instead? He pointed out the problem in his acceptance speech.


"We were elected to change Washington," McCain said, "and we let Washington change us."


But maybe it will be different this time. For a change.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in Washington and in the media consider "must reading." Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


Comment on Roger Simon's column by clicking here.


Roger Simon Archives


© 2008, Creators Syndicate