Senator and assumed Republican nominee for President, John McCain, today described his likely Democrat rival for said office as the “wrong change.” McCain’s “clever” inversion of Senator Barack Obama’s central campaign slogan — combined with observations about the state of things as we quietly drift toward the second decade of the 21st Century — leads us to a new, entirely more powerful thought: the only change worth describing as the “wrong” change is no change.
This conclusion comes quickly when thoughts turn toward the horrific situations wrought through the perpetuation of the status quo — destructive global climate change, reductions in human rights, corporate “greed heads” jacking up the global economy (e.g. the entire subprime mortgage industry), destructive colonial attitudes toward the “non-Western” world, bigotry, sexism etc. Many aspects of our world today directly threaten the well being and very survival of humanity. At both macroscopic and granular levels — “rapid” changes, within decade-wide time frames, must be started now if many predicted calamities are to be averted.
The United States, by wasting the last seven-plus years singularly focusing on “fighting terrorism”, has neglected to lead us and our world toward a variety of needed changes which will contribute to the long-term survival of our species. And guess what? The Republicans brought us to this place of awkward inaction in the face of these mounting issues of great importance; and, for their sins of enacting “no change,” their nominee for president, will lose in a glorious blaze of defeat in November.