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Tired of Flip Flops? Me too.

Posted by cann0nba11 on December 1, 2011

Given that President Obama has barely any success to use as campaign fodder for the next year, he and his supporters are left with mudslinging. After all, if you were Obama would you focus on the facts as they stand today? We have 9% unemployment, job loss claims hovering around 400,000 per week, anemic economic growth and presidential approval ratings worse than Jimmy Carter.

So how does Team Obama and the media circus get the Great Uniter re-elected? By attacking the GOP front runner du jour as much as possible. Mitt Romney, despite the angst of many on the right, is the obvious front runner and Newt Gingrich has caught up in the polls. Both men are articulate, experienced and will present well in the debates.

But they are flip-floppers! ::queue the dramatic music::

Let’s talk about that for a moment. Since when did changing your stance on a topic become a bad thing? Have you held the views you hold today for your entire adult life? All of them? We all go through experiences that form our opinions, and sometimes opinions change. Here’s a shocker: I’m not a Republican. I consider myself a right-leaning independent, but this has not always been the case. I voted for Bill Clinton both times (::music again::) and voted for George W Bush neither time. However I consider myself largely aligned with Tea Party goal of a return to Constitutional values and the desire to greatly reduce the size of our government. Why am I sharing this with you? To point out that opinions change, sometimes drastically. Life events change you, for me it was fatherhood and 9-11.

The biggest dig against Romney is that he is a flip flopper. Given the state of our country I personally don’t give a crap about that. The same for Newt. Both of these men can get things done that will help America, which is exactly what we need right now. They aren’t perfect, and yes Newt carries enough baggage to fill a 737. But I can get past that because we are in a national economic crisis and we need action.

But they flip flop!!! ::music::

So does President Obama. So, using logic that liberals might be able to understand, if you can elect a charismatic yet inexperienced candidate who now has an extensive list of flip-flops under his belt, all without comment or concern, why can’t we elect a Republican that has changed stances? You can’t have it both ways: if changing positions is bad, condemn Obama for it. If not, shut up and let’s get to fixing our country.

If you are still drinking the kool-aid and think I’m making up my own faux news, read the following. I can find more of this but I actually have a life and need to get back to it.

  1. My first Obama flip recollections when he reneged on his vow to accept pubic-fundraising dollars. ““If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”
  2. He flipped on Guantanamo. Close it, keep it open? Accused President Bush of “running prisons which lock people away without telling them why they’re there or what they’re charged with” Never mind, carry on.
  3. He flipped on military tribunals. In 2008 he said “To build a better, freer world, we must first behave in ways that reflect the decency and aspirations of the American people. This means ending the practice of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries, of detaining thousands without charge or trial, of maintaining a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of law.” Then he decided that they were necessary and continued them.
  4. He flipped on small business contracts. In February of 2008, President Obama stated, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.” The Small Business Jobs Act contains a loophole to allow large businesses to get funds by misrepresenting themselves as small businesses. Companies that have already received money in this manner include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Xerox and Dell Computer among others.
  5. He flipped on terror suspect renditions. Said they were bad as a candidate, continued them as president.
  6. He flipped on Libya. In 2007, Obama was adamant that the president did not have the power to authorize an attack if there was no imminent threat to the U.S. Then he authorized just such an action.
  7. He flipped on Mubarak and Egypt. Did he support the uprising, or support Mubarek? White House comments changed almost daily during the uprising. Obama called Mubarak a “stalwart ally” then dumped him for the uprising.
  8. He flipped on NASA funding. In ’08 he called for $2B in funding to reinvigorate NASA.” He said “I’ll make our space program a priority again by devoting the attention and resources needed to not only inspire the world with feats of exploration but also improve life here on Earth.” Then he later focused on using NASA to improve Muslim respect in the scientific community and let the Shuttle program die without a viable replacement even on the books.
  9. He flips on Wall Street and “fat cat” Big Banks (depending on who his audience is). He slams them in campaign speeches and expresses support for OWS, while at the same time appointing bankers to his cabinet while also soaking up millions in Wall Street donations.
  10. He flipped on European missile defense. In Prague he told the lemmings: “So let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies. The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defense against these missiles. As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.” Six months later, on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Poland, he dropped the plans to try and make friends with Russia.
  11. He flipped on the “Bush” tax cuts. Liberals can’t tell if they are bad or not.
  12. He flipped on counterinsurgency. He attacked Bush insisting that it could not succeed in Iraq, then he ordered more troops to Afghanistan (while refusing to call it a surge or admit later that it worked).
  13. He’s flipped on medical marijuana. Before getting elected he supported states’ rights on medical marijuana. Under his administration US attorneys are now threatening legal marijuana landowners and real estate agencies with the seizure of their property.
  14. He flipped on the Gitmo photos. He originally agreed with the ACLU demand to release them, then reversed.
  15. He flipped on Darfur. In 2004 he was a supporter of humanitarian intervention to halt state-sponsored mass killing in Darfur. He said “we cannot, in good conscience, stand by and let the genocide continue.” Four years later, as president a hand of friendship to Omar al-Bashir, the regime leader there.
  16. He flipped on national debt. He campaigned for fiscal responsibility but is acting the exact opposite. In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, he pledged to “go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work.” Even now, he says he’ll “cut the deficit . . . by half by the end of his first term in office.” Yeah, how’s that working out?
  17. He flipped on healthcare, during the campaign he called government-run healthcare “extreme” saying it would lead to “higher costs.” Then he raped America with Obamacare which has already proven to be extreme while increasing costs.

For the sake of time I will stop here. I’ve done enough of the work for you. I encourage my liberal friends to do the same about Romney and Gingrich. But you probably won’t because that involves effort and time and you would rather get your news from John Stewart and Saturday Night Live. And Oof course, I’m sure my liberal friends might say that none of the seventeen Obama flips I’ve listed count since they are all somehow Bush’s fault. Obama is a genius and can do no wrong.

So, there it is. Obama flips like Cirque de Soleil and its ok. A GOP candidate flips and they are unelectable. I’m not buying it. So can we all just DROP the “flip flop” description and move on like grownups to make our country better? Thank you.

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