I'm standing here on the ground
The sky above won't fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long
Don't change for you
Don't change a thing for me
from INXS, "Don't Change"
I've been walking forty miles of bad road
If the bible is right, the world will explode
I've been trying to get as far away from myself as I can
Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can't win with a losing hand
Feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet
Putting her in a wheel barrow and wheeling her down the street
People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed
from Bob Dylan, "Things Have Changed"
I'm moving through some changes
I'll never be the same
Something you did touched me
There's no one else to blame
The love we had has fallen
The love we used to share
We've given up pretending
As if you didn't care
Change changing places
Root yourself to the ground
Capitalize on this good fortune
One word can bring you round
from Yes, "Changes"
Yesterday, in defending his choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, the president said this:
I know her well enough to be able to say that she's not going to change, that 20 years from now she'll be the same person with the same philosophy that she is today. She'll have more experience, she'll have been a judge, but, nevertheless, her philosophy won't change. And that's important to me. It was important to me when I picked Chief Justice Roberts; it's important for me in picking Harriet Miers.
She's not going to change in 20 years? This is a bizarre statement (yes, I know, consider the source). But how can you, me, the president, or anyone know that someone won't change, at least in some small way? And isn't change desirable anyway? Isn't it a part of life to grow, to change? OK, yes, I realize this is code for "Harriet Miers is no David Souter, Harriet Miers is no Anthony Kennedy". But is conservative ideology, or any ideology or political program unchanging? After all, Kennedy was conservative when Reagan picked him, but as the conservative movement has become more radical, Kennedy's brand of conservativism has fallen out of favor.
Won't change? Just very bizarre.