Thursday, September 23, 2010

What Kind of Change Did American's Vote For?

Just some idle speculation that resulted from watching the Daily Show episode which had a clip of a woman (I don't think it gave her name) saying, "I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for..."

The first thing that popped into my head was that while a few Americans, mostly on the left, voted for deep change in America, most voters were simply voting for a government that changed so the America already here would work well again (whether or not it was actually the fault of the government that this America is having problems is a separate issue).  Of course, the whole bit about "one of the people we were waiting for" bit implied that America needed to change on all levels for Obama's message of change to work.

I think the Tea Party is a pretty clear message about what the majority of Americans think about this idea.


  1. It's a funny thing about democracy. We all vote and the majority rules but that doesn't mean each member of the majority rules. That's really, really hard to remember.

  2. Quite true Doug. But I think many voters on the left feel that contrasting the major actions Bush was able to push through with his majorities and the compromises that Obama has had to make to move his agenda forward leads one to conclude that if you vote Republican the majority rules, if you vote Democrat then the majority is merely taken under advisement.