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Certainly, there has not (yet) been "fighting in the street" here in America, but most of the Obama faithful do believe that the "change" he has promised represents a "new revolution," whilst opponents certainly object to the "new constitution." I'm not sure why, since as Jay Leno quipped a few years back, we're not using the old one anyway. In any case, as Townshend says to begin the second verse, "the change it had to come." What we are changing from and what we are changing into are questions that Townshend leaves to us to answer.
Fittingly, the word "change" is used five times during the song. However, the real message of the song is summed up in the last verse.
"There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, bye the bye.
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right,
And the beards have all grown longer overnight."
It is hard to believe that these words were written in the early 1970's, as well as they describe the Obama campaign and presidency. Certainly, the slogans have been replaced. Obama started his presidential campaign as an anti-war candidate. Upon receiving the Democratic nomination for president, he subtly changed his stance from being anti-war to arguing that America was merely "in the wrong war." Now, as he escalates the war in Afghanistan, expands that war into Pakistan, and revives his predecessor's antagonism towards Iran, we find that even Iraq is not such a wrong war that we will not be leaving thirty to fifty thousand troops there after our combat mission officially ends. Haven't we heard this strategy before?
Regarding "parting on the left now parting on the right," the neo-conservatives that Obama was supposedly the antithesis of during his campaign couldn't be cheering his war-mongering any more enthusiastically. While there is obligatory criticism by Republicans towards some of his tactical decisions or supposed hesitation in making them, they do not fail to dutifully commend the emperor for his overall strategic plan: more war, more debt, and — just as in every year of the Bush administration — the largest total DOD budget in American history (counting the actual on-budget Defense budget, the appropriations for the active wars, and the Homeland Security expenditures on the war formerly known as "The War on Terror").
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