Back in 2001, when Barack Obama was a second-term Illinois state senator, he was interviewed for the Odyssey program on Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ 91.5 FM. A significant excerpt from that interview, during which Obama used the significant expression “redistributive change,” was posted on YouTube on the evening of October 26.
One of the signature songs of the 1960s political radicalism was Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a'Changin'," which JibJab video productions has used as a theme for an online video spoof of the Obama-Hillary-McCain campaign contest over who was the biggest "change" candidate. Another iconic '60s-era Dylan ballad, "Subterranean Homesick Blues," contained the line, "You don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." Bill Ayers, his wife Bernadine Dohrn, and other members of the radical SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) adopted Weatherman, Weathermen, and Weather Underground as their nom de guerre monikers from the Dylan lyrics in 1969, when they decided to escalate their already violent street demonstrating, agitating, and rioting to full-blown urban guerrilla terrorism.
Recently on the campaign trail, John McCain and Barack Obama have accused each other of offering tax proposals that would hurt the middle class. John McCain, in a paid radio address on October 18, compared Obama to European socialists, saying: "At least in Europe, the socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives. They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it's just another government giveaway."
The major media have widely hyped Colin Powell's October 19 endorsement of Barack Obama for president. On that day's edition of the ABC News program This Week With George Stephanopoulos, former presidential adviser David Gergen called Powell's announcement "the most important endorsement of the campaign so far." And on the same program, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said that Powell's endorsement "eliminated the experience argument. How are you going to say the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former secretary of state, former national security adviser, was taken in?"
"Change, change, change!" Not only are both presidential candidates proclaiming to be candidates for meaningful change, but both of my local congressional candidates are positioning themselves as the candidates of change. Of course, all the candidates wish to impress upon me that the changes they would bring to the federal government would make me — and all the other middle class (of which I am one) and poor people in our nation — financially and bodily better off.
Dr. Charles Baldwin, founder of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, and 2008 presidential nominee for the Constitution Party, was the featured speaker Friday evening, October 3 on the second day of the John Birch Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration. The topic of his keynote address was "Christians and the Freedom Fight," in which he reminded the audience why it is the duty of Christians to support and protect the Constitution of the United States.