Sometimes a “Flip-Flop” is Good, Dr. Dobson

Yesterday I heard Dr. Dobson make the following announcement. While he has not officially endorsed John McCain, he is giving it serious consideration, saying McCain’s choice of running mate will be a strong factor in his decision.

Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings. 

“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. “… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”

While Dr. Dobson is in disagreement with Senator McCain on several issues, he agrees with Senator Obama on almost none.

I was distressed months ago after McCain became the presumptive nominee and Dr. Dobson indicated strongly that he could not vote for him, and was considering a third-party or independent nominee. Though I understand his thoughts, I fear that if a large number of conservative thinkers and voters take that stance, there is a real threat of throwing the election to Obama.

“Flip-flip” is good sometimes. I really don’t fault anyone for changing his mind, for at times we all may need to reconsider issues and find it logical to come to different conclusions. The negative nuance of flip-flopping is centered around a candidate who changes his position depending on the blowing of the political wind and the personal expediency of the amended thinking.

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject.

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14 thoughts on “Sometimes a “Flip-Flop” is Good, Dr. Dobson

  1. dean

    Some politicians say they are ” refining their
    position”. Sounds like flip flopping to me. Should Mr. hussein obama be elected, wonder how many of his positions will change in 20 years.

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  2. Herman and Shawnna, I will endeavor to bring peace between you two. 🙂

    A simple definition of Christian is “to be Christ-like,” the sense of which, on its surface, seems impossible to fulfill. Indeed, within ourselves, it is impossible to be a Christian–to be like Jesus. It takes His spirit to change our sinful natures into godly ones–Christian ones, if you please.

    I agree with you Herman that it is not Christ-like to hate people, and that as decent, God-fearing persons, we should refrain from such a strong emotion as hate.

    I agree with you Shawnna that merely taking a strong stand against something should not be considered hate. We should defend our beliefs, and scripture definitely charges us to “shun evil.”

    Herman, slavery is a blight on our history, and it saddens me to consider the owning of one man by another. That is despicable, and I strongly believe it was wrong and continues to be wrong.

    Racism persists to tear at our country; sadly it comes from both whites and blacks. It is not Christian.

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  3. I wasn’t aware that someone taking a strong stand against things they consider very wrong to be hatred. Maybe I wasn’t in school the day they taught that one.
    Love ya!

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  4. Shirley, I try not to get into politics but it just pathetic some of things I’ve heard some ‘Christians’ say about Obama. I cannot believe there are people who call themselves Christians and habor such hatred in their hearts. Some of the things we say on our blogs and comments we tolerate and approve on our blogs say so much about us. It’s just hard for me to understand why Christians would hate this much. But then, weren’t they ‘Christians’ who kept slaves?

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  5. No offense meant to you Helen. To each their own. That is simply how strongly I feel that I would not for any reason vote for Obama. I’m sure there may be some thing he promotes that I might could agree with (although I’ve looked and looked and looked and really have not found one specific issue of his that I’ve bought into).

    My comment/statement was a bit strong; however, that is because I feel strongly about this issue. Obama has no problem making strong statements about things that he disagrees with or is not for. Not that I want to be categorized with his type. This is simply my opinion, and one that I feel strongly about.

    As one of my professors used to tell us “strong statements tend to provoke others to some type of reaction.” His point was to make us think critically. He used to make me so frustrated. 🙂

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  6. Anna, How can you say you’d “rather vote for a dog [than the candidate I have chosen due to his positions with which I agree]” then claim not to mean to be offensive? You have a way with words (that ain’t all that good.)

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  7. I took this directly from John McCain’s website:

    As president, John McCain would nominate judges who understand that the role of the Court is not to subvert the rights of the people by legislating from the bench. Critical to Constitutional balance is ensuring that, where state and local governments do act to preserve the traditional family, the Courts must not overstep their authority and thwart the Constitutional right of the people to decide this question.

    The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children, and the role of the family in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.

    As with most issues vital to the preservation and health of civil society, the basic responsibility for preserving and strengthening the family should reside at the level of government closest to the people. In their wisdom, the Founding Fathers reserved for the States the authority and responsibility to protect and strengthen the vital institutions of our civil society. They did so to ensure that the voices of America’s families could not be ignored by an indifferent national government or suffocated through filibusters and clever legislative maneuvering in Congress.

    I do believe he leans toward allowing individual states to legislate in this regard, which I think is a mistake, and would result in extreme confusion: a person is married in one state, goes to another and is not married.

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  8. Hello, Brother Webb:

    Certainly, I can’t speak for Dr. Dobson, and I’m going to check it out, but it is my understanding that Senator McCain defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

    I’m also not sure about the sexuality of both of his daughters, but in all fairness believe him not responsible for the actions of his grown children.

    Thanks for commenting here. I do appreciate your views.

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  9. Hi, Anna–

    Thanks for being here and for your comments. I suspect the first part about Chelsea constitutes a joke, for I’ve heard the same thing touted to be true, but under slightly different circumstances. Furthermore, I really can’t see our servicemen actually speaking to Chelsea in that manner, for it would be insulting to her mother, and would be unspeakably rude.

    Be that part as it may, I agree with your assessment of Senator Obama, and truly experience fear when I consider his being president of our country. You and I must do all we can to see that he is not elected.

    Love you–

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  10. Sis. Buxton,

    Someone told me this, this week. Some say it is true, others say it is a joke. However, as for me it applies:

    “Chelsea Clinton is visiting U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and asks a group of soldiers to describe their 3 greatest fears about the future.

    Without cracking smiles, they answered the former First Daughter:

    The first soldier says, “Osama.”

    The second soldier says, “Obama.”

    The third soldier says, “Your Mamma.” ”

    I’m not sure how great McCain is. However, I am absolutely positive about how evil and corrupt Obama is. His track record of the things he has supported in the past, his changing voices throughout this campaign, his dishonesty regarding his relationship with his pastor, some of the ignorant remarks made by his wife and supporters, his propensity for racism, the mere fact that he talks, acts and wins people over like a neo-hitler, his love of socialistic ideologies, his desire to promote terrorist leaders and to embrace such individuals as Fidel Castro, the fact that as a senator he has supported numerous legislations that have promoted perverse lifestyles and the promotion of immoral acts, etc…. It all speaks for itself.

    Anyone who says they are remotely patriotic or loyal to their nation, and that touts how they believe in the freedoms we hold so dear, cannot honestly promote such an individual without some honest type of trepidition. I think I would rather vote for a dog than Obama. I don’t mean that offensively, that is just honestly how I feel about the whole thing.

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