Friday, December 9, 2011

Turning the Tables

Election years are always the best time for political theater. There's the theater of politicians constantly charging how they are the only ones with a sterling record while their opponent is little better than a sleazeball. You've got pundits kicking juicy soundbites left and right, claiming ridiculous promises and life experiences to gain votes. And you've got the debates.

Now one of my favorite things about campaigns is watching politicians squirm as they try to come up with excuses for their new positions and opinions. The rise of the internet and its elephantine memory of every single bit of useless information is wonderful for backing politicians into corners. While it's helpful to remember that most of us change our minds on things over the course of a few decades and in response to the times, it's interesting that politicians see this as bad. Why should they?

apparently, believing in tax cuts before tax cuts were cool, or believing that single payer was bad before it was even thought of in law, is a good thing. Why is it that being completely committed to one point of view on everything good, especially when it leads you to reject new information or changes in circumstances? I would much rather have a politician who responds to the times than one who tries to make their views fit every situation.

But that's not what passes for a politician these days. In fact, it's demonized by quite a few people. Why should we hold politicians to a higher standard than the average American? Aren't they supposed to be representatives that reflect ourselves?

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