Okay--anyone who knows me at all understands that I don't discuss politics. I don't debate, I don't ever tell who I will vote/have voted for, and I never talk about the issues or my opinions. There is a reason for this: It's none of your business.
However, today I have something to say.
First--the disclaimer: Nothing said here indicates endorsement of, or agreement with, any known political candidate including the current U.S. President.
I want to talk about flip-flopping.
I believe in it.
I don't like voting for people who have never changed their minds. I've not lived as long as most of the candidates, but I know I've changed my mind about major issues. My reasons for changing my mind had to do with personal experience, education, or just plain logic. Because I'm a skeptic, I'm guessing political candidates change their minds because they believe it will procure more votes, but I'm also an optimist, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt at least 10% of the time and assume some of them changed because of a shift in personal beliefs.
So I suppose what I'm saying is this: I don't trust politicians who have never flip-flopped on the issues. If they don't ever change their minds about anything, they aren't listening to the changing needs of the public they represent, they don't notice the diversity in our world, and they're unlikely to choose what constitutes the most good for the majority of people and will instead remain mulishly convinced that the beliefs they formed decades ago continue to be applicable in any situation.
Therefore, when I go to the polls in November, I will certainly vote for a candidate who flip-flops on the issues. It's a good thing I'll have a large number of people to choose from.
I must also point out that flip-flops are my footwear of choice at least four months out of the year.