Saturday, November 11, 2006

On Politicians of Two (or more) Minds

Some have in their heads the idea that it is bad for politicians to change their mind, not to mention 'flip-flop.' Any thinking person will tell you that this idea is stupid. Listen to John Milton's seventeenth-century prose:
Certainly parliament ought always to be impartial and free to consult the commonwealth's interests as well as is possible according to the occasion; nor should they be so devoted to their previous opinions that they should feel scruples later on about voting more wisely for themselves or the commonwealth when God has given them the understanding and the opportunity to do so.

3 comments:

A Green Cowboy said...

But then you wouldn't be staying the course.

Anti-Everything said...

Ilya it sounds like you want to cut and run.

Ilya said...

That's right, I'm defending the act of cutting and running from staying the course. Of course, we got the idea that staying with stay the course was essential to one's credibility as a leader from a leader who staked his credibility on his ability to stay the course. So once the voice of 'cut and run' could no longer be stayed, 'stay the course' became a liability, and the only thing to do is to defend the act of cutting and running from stay the course. In other words, to defend the wisdom of chainging one's mind. But in this case, wisdom came too late...