Tony Domenech: The real agents of change

Published: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 7:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 7:55 a.m.

This election season feels like the Sixties to me. For the second time in my life I am positively excited and profoundly moved by a presidential candidate who is clearly and actively participating in changing the status quo in American politics.

It is undeniable that many of Senator McCain's positions, in opposition to his own party, are clear indicators that he is and has been an agent for change. Furthermore, by picking Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin, a woman and one who has taken on and soundly defeated, both Republican and Democrat, "good old boy" networks in Alaska, she, too, clearly manifests that she is an agent of change.

While certain groups have been quick to suggest she lacks experience, it is equally lucid to anyone, who really looks, that she has more experience than the Democratic presidential candidate. Moreover, I am very pleased by the executive decisions she has made before and while she has been governor.

I submit it is one thing for a Republican to fight a Democrat or a Democrat to contest with a Republican; however, it is entirely another thing for a Republican to fight a Republican or a Democrat to fight a Democrat. That is precisely what both McCain and Palin have repeatedly done. However, I see no manifestations of such behavior in the man who professes and proclaims that he is the agent for change.

In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was faced with choosing a running mate, he made a tough, pragmatic choice by selecting Lyndon B. Johnson. When Barak Obama was presented with the same opportunity, he blinked; made the easy choice thus preserving the status quo for the good old boys. I ask you,

does that seem like change?

I wish to suggest this to the voters of Alachua County, if you're really looking for change, if you're really hoping for a new status quo, if you truly are searching for a new direction, then I hope youíll open your eyes and see the true agents of change. Iím puzzled as to why I see so many Obama stickers in my erudite hometown. My friends, the emperor has no clothes.

Tony Domenech,


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