Change is in the air this political season. Truth be told, whenever politicians gather or speak to us, we can expect change.
They have a tendency to change their positions. Tendency? Hell, it’s part of their DNA to change their positions.
As it should be. They should be willing to change their positions on the issues of the day.
Yes, we have seen Senator McCain change his position on the Bush tax cuts. He changed his position on offshore drilling.
Meanwhile, Senator Obama has changed positions on so many topics we cannot keep up with him.
John Kerry was famous for changing his positions. You recall he voted for something before he voted against it, before he... We expect this from our politicians. First, we expect them to say one thing to one group and the opposite to another. That is not so much a change of position as it is the holding of two positions. Navajos call this speaking with forked tongue.
However, we also expect politicians to simply say something one year, then change it a year or two later. With Senator Obama we are coming to expect this from week to week.
We scorn them when they do this. We laugh that they change their deeply held beliefs on the turn of a poll or two.
However, we ought to consider a few pertinent items. One is that these guys are not academics. They have not spent their lives researching topics and issues. They have not written treatises based on their research.
They are simply not experts on various issues. For instance, neither of the presidential candidates knows a lot about economics. They admit they don’t. And their comments prove it.
If they were truly expert in certain fields, we could expect them to have worked out solid positions by now. We could expect them to stick to those positions. But they are not experts in defense, foreign policy, economics, social security, etc., etc., etc...