I found watching Meet the Press (may Tim Russert rest in peace) extremely frustrating. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Joe Biden engaged in an annoying exchange of pointless arguing. I thought “Oh no, not the flip flop accusations”. This was a huge factor for so many American, including Independents, during the George Bush and John Kerry election race of 2000. Many didn’t know what he Kerry flipped flopped on, or how that had affected them. They didn’t know what he might flip flop on, or how that would affect the future of our country.

So Barak Obama has chosen to forego public financing for his campaign. He said he would in a time when the campaign was in a different place. Now his campaign has picked up momentum, and has garnered the support of millions of individuals donating small amounts of money, the type of presidential campaign financing this country hasn’t seen in a long time.

Obama argues that he still believes in public financing for campaigns. Just because one does not take part in a benefit of a system, does that mean he or she does not believe in it? According to Graham, Obama is a flip flopper because he said he would take the funds, but now, given the change in the political field, will opt-out.

The Republican Party’s effort to start this idiotic notion of flip flopping is underway. What’s missing from the debate on flip flopping is a definition of what it is. In order to validate the Republican Party’s attacks on Barak Obama is to define it as a value shifting, psychotic, and unpredictable, probability to make irrational decisions that will influence policy and ultimately negatively impact everyday citizens.  Most politicians and in this case, Barak Obama have a theme and pattern in their careers that either support or don’t support what they say. They exhibit, through what they do and how they treat people, what their core values are and their ability to govern well. An extreme shift in what they do and policies they support are what should cause alarm.

Sen. John McCain has changed his policies on many things in the recent months. Who’s to say if it’s flip flopping. The flip flopping argument prevents the American public from hearing meaningful debate on the issues. Politicians change their minds and views many times; it’s a fact of life. What we need is a deep analysis on how those changes effect policy. Under the current laws and political scene it does not affect US citizens in any significant way whether Barak Obama accepts public financing.

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