Flip Floppers…

The United States political machines are in full force. With little over a month to go most people have already made up their minds as to who will get their vote come election day. I hope some serious thought and understanding have gone into everyones choice. But sadly, based on the answers I get from most people on why they are voting they way they are its clear they don’t understand much beyond Democrat or Republican talking points. Thats my opinion anyway…

However, the real point I wanted to make was on the term “flip flopper”. In political lingo a “flip flopper” is a bad thing. It represents someone wn ho can’t make up their mind. Decisions are made based on the economic, political, or social climate of the day.

Maybe its just me, but aside from core moral beliefs if you aren’t a flip flopper at some point then you are a failure. We are here to learn and then to apply that experience to better ourselves and those around us. When you do something wrong or see something being done incorrectly over and over then that can either reassure your beliefs or alter them to the other side of the thought spectrum. In short, experience teaches us when we were wrong and to change our beliefs. Nobody is right all the time, and certainly nobody is right from the beginning of their life till the end.

Both sides of the political aisle suffer from this broken mentality. I’ll give an example from both political disciplines to show some fairness. First, CLEARLY the Iraq surge has been a success. Obama should simply acknowledge that, but state that he still believed it was wrong to go in the first place, and he still believes that we should get out right away. Instead, to avoid “flip flopping” he will NEVER admit to the obvious truth. McCain is just as guilty. When many tax cuts were happening in 2004 McCain ardently opposed them, yet he will look you in the eye and say he was completely for them to sure up the Republican base. Instead, he could have said, “I believed at the time that the deficit was too great to support the cuts, but now I feel different given the fact that the economy is so slow. I now feel that these tax cuts are the surest bet to stimulate the economy and help offset the tremendous pressure our country faces in the mortgage and financial sectors.”

Just tell the truth. Why is that so hard. Flip floppers that use experience to make a better tomorrow based on past failures is what I want to vote for! I want someone to change their mind when it comes to energy policy. I want someone to change their mind with regards to sec regulations and mortgage and financial oversight. I want experience to guide future decisions and sometimes that means CHANGING YOUR MIND.

Am I crazy?

Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com / Hostmonster.com

14 Responses to “Flip Floppers…”

  1. Trevyn says:

    Yes, Matt, you are totally crazy

  2. Flip Floppers……

    The United States political machines are in full force. With little over a month to go most people have already made up their minds as to who will get their vote come election day. I hope some serious thought and understanding have gone into everyone…

  3. Wayne Sheppard says:

    Hi Matt,

    You are not crazy. Unless I am crazy too, which is entirely possible according to my lovely bride…

    But here’s the rub – When a candidate tells the truth, they tank in the polls. Yes, we as a society are that stupid it seems. When they tank the poll numbers, the donation revenue tanks with it.

    So what happens is that they decide to continue to say *anything* to keep the poll numbers and donations intact. They justify that by telling themselves “I won’t be helping anyone if I can’t get elected, so I must be less than completely honest now, and the ends justify the means, etc.”

    The real problem here is that we don’t teach social responsibility. I mean not in any meaningful way. Sure, a lot of people ‘recycle’ (and don’t get me started on how pathetically stupid that is) and then feel the warm fuzzy glow of self importance and contribution. But ask them to read a full ballot? Get out a map or globe or google earth and really try to understand why the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan is so hard to control? Forget about it, they are busy watching the latest ‘news’ story about Paris Hilton…

    I’m just sick to my stomach over the debate last night, and how all the news and commentators seem to miss completely that the entire ‘show’ was just a restatement of campaign rhetoric on both sides.

    The fact that not a single third party candidate, even they could statistically win an election, and have met all the requirements to *be* on a presidential ticket in enough states to actually be president, was not allowed to participate is a national disgrace and demonstrates again what a farce our ‘two party’ system actually is.

    Matt, maybe you aren’t ‘crazy’ enough?

    Wayne Sheppard/happy bluehost customer for several years.

  4. LT says:

    ¿CLEARLY the Iraq surge has been a success?
    Please read more press:
    http://news.google.com/news?ned=us&hl=en&ned=us&ned=us&q=iraq&btnG=Search+News

  5. You’re not crazy, you are just mistaken. There is as yet, no proof that the surge has worked. War is a game played by two, and it is to our enemies strategic advantage to allow us to think that the surge has worked during an election year. Whether it has worked or not should properly be decided after victory is gained.

    For victory to be gained, the Iraqi government has to work. It is less likely to do so if they believe we will stay until hell freezes. Obama’s position allows for some argument, and adjustment for changes in the strategic environment. McCain’s position simply hands the other side a victory when they launch a counter surge after his election.

    In short – some times it is highly beneficial to reserve judgement. This is not flip flopping, it is maturity at work. As for the rest, well, they’re still not flip flopping – they’re wing dinging.

  6. M says:

    How was the Iraq surge a clear success?

    Using experience to make more informed decisions for the future is one thing, but flip flopping, changing your mind on a day-to-day basis, is complete and total BS. Changing your mind and not making up your mind are completely different mentalities.

  7. bill says:

    No you are not wrong. one of the big disappointments for me was when McCain would not stand up for what he believed in but started swaying with the political wind.

  8. Charles says:

    Matt,

    You’re not crazy.

    You just failed to mention that what comes out the candidates mouth on an election years is not directly related to what they truly believe but it sounds good to further their cause.

    Past history means more than present comments. At their stage in life, “mind changing” or the changing of ways is difficult for them to do.

    I feel that a lot of voters are going to be suprised in the end.

    It’s like trying to change your spouse once you “tie the knot”.

    Almost an impossibility!

    C. O.

  9. Nanda says:

    You are not crazy, I think. :)
    Not every american is as open you might be, Obama and Mccain has to keep that in mind. You say Obama is not keen to change his position in Iraq, I am not sure what the surge has done or what it is..no matter how successful it is, let’s be clear, it doesn’t wipe out the fact that 1000s of soldiers and scores of Iraqis lost their lives, families got displaced, for a false pretense(WMD). We all know why american soldiers are in Iraq, oh btw gas prices are still pretty high..Obama is using his original judgement of not going to war as his weapon and obvously admitting that surge is working, would weaken his position to lot of already committed democrats and independents. Mccan, oh well I will leave the old man alone. At the end I guess for you it comes down to who is lesser of the two evil, who’s it gonna be?
    :)

  10. David L says:

    Matt, you hit the nail on the head.

    I have always wondered why, when a politician makes a bad decision, he is criticized for correcting it. I admire someone who can learn from his mistakes and correct them before further damage is done.

  11. Brian says:

    Matt you’re right, but consider this. When a candidate makes a statement on their website, for millions to see, that they did NOT have an active part in Acorn and then after and ONLY AFTER, it was found out to be a lie, you take it off your website, this is deception. Many, many other changes which amazingly gullible people believe have been made by Obama. Revco, William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and now another terrorist sympathiser-and only after undisputible proof comes out does he admit anything. And the numbers don’t add up. You can’t spend a trillion dollars by only raising taxes on the top 5% income earners.

  12. Matt, I’ve thought the exact same thing many times.

    And since I refuse to acknowledge that I might be crazy, then by default, you’re not either.

  13. Nice post mate! I don’t think your are crazy, actually you hit the nail on the head, and the “flip flopper” thing defintely not good!

  14. With little over a month to go most people have already made up their minds as to who will get their vote come election day. I hope some serious thought and understanding have gone into everyones choice. We are here to learn and then to apply that experience to better ourselves and those around us. When you do something wrong or see something being done incorrectly over and over then that can either reassure your beliefs or alter them to the other side of the thought spectrum. I now feel that these tax cuts are the surest bet to stimulate the economy and help offset the tremendous pressure our country faces in the mortgage and financial sectors. I want someone to change their mind with regards to sec regulations and mortgage and financial oversight. I want experience to guide future decisions and sometimes that means CHANGING YOUR MIND. I mean not in any meaningful way. Whether it has worked or not should properly be decided after victory is gained. It is less likely to do so if they believe we will stay until hell freezes. Changing your mind and not making up your mind are completely different mentalities. one of the big disappointments for me was when McCain would not stand up for what he believed in but started swaying with the political wind. I admire someone who can learn from his mistakes and correct them before further damage is done.This is my Apeira Designs

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