Political waterfall

It's always amazed me the emphasis so many politicians put on 'staying the course' and not 'flip-flopping'.  Being able to 'stay the course' (regardless of what presents itself) is viewed as a sign of strength and resolve ... very macho and confidence inspiring.  Apparently, if you change your mind you must be weak and easily manipulated.  Yikes!

If only politicians (let alone the people who have the responsibility of voting them into office) realized that processing new information regularly, and changing course (or indeed 'flip flopping') based on that new information, may be EXACTLY what's required in order to continually deliver value to constituents.

I suppose my naivete is showing ...

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

till thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

Robert Burns (1785)