As linked to in the last post, I think Scott Feschuk has got the synopsis of the current US primaries down pat.
...it seems the 2008 presidential race basically consists of a dozen people standing in front of microphones shrieking, “Change! CHANGE! Look at me, America – I’m changier than all the other candidates!”
It happens here in Canada too. We all say we want change. But we're not completely honest. We want change as long as it doesn't affect ourselves. Go change my neighbour, but leave me alone.
A big example is the Climate Change debate. The supporters/believers (and I include myself in this) all want government action now! to mediate the impending apocalypse we believe is coming. But we treat the issue like an impending enema. We agree its necessary, but we really don't want it, so we delay if for as long as possible. We know that the change required to make things happen will require undesired changes in our own lives.
Even the most ardent greenie, who has made sacrifices to "go green" has this viewpoint. "I've already done what I can, its up to everyone else to do it too." Its not just climate change, its anything. Tax policy, health care, welfare reform, public auto insurance, take your pick.
This is where politicians are screwed when they campaign on change. Massive change affects the majority of the voters, and the majority don't want the change to happen to them. Stalemate. You can't win support on that. How does a politician promise to effect change that impacts everyone but you?
So this is my prediction for the US Presidential election. A candidate will be elected on their promises to effect sweeping change, and the system will look the same when the their term is done as when it all began. Each candidate might as well write their three letters now.