Communications, Immigration, Issues

The Donald Trump Rule: ‘Flip-Flopping’ to the Right Position Can Be a Very Good Thing


We hear the charge leveled all the time: “Flip-flopper.” When someone fundamentally changes their position on an issue.

We are naturally left to wonder if the move is genuine. Are they are saying what they think – or what they think we want to hear?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has rocketed to to the top of the sixteen-candidate heap – in large part because of his anti-illegal immigration stance. Which is from all appearances a relatively new position for him. Here’s November 2012 Trump:

“(Mitt Romney) had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal, Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote, Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.

Trump’s current illegal immigration stance is…slightly more staunch. And it appears to be working for him.

(Of course, Trump is by no means the only 2016 candidate to radically reconfigure his immigration position – Hello, Senator Marco “Gang of Eight” Rubio.)

If a pol flip-flops to the right side of an issue – we shouldn’t mindlessly attack. Because we can not with any certitude know why they did it. What we can do is hail their correction – and hold them to it.

So it is with the awful Innovation Act.

The Innovation Act is fundamental transformation of the Constitutionally-protected patent process without benefit of the Constitutional amendment process. All under the (intentional or accidental) false flags of litigation reform to deal with patent trolls.

But patent trolls are almost always nothing more than people with patents defending them against patent thieves. The patent holders usually have to sue to do that this litigation reform makes it exponentially more difficult for them to do so.

An Innovation Act House vote is expected after the August recess. Except:

Patent Reform Defectors Emerge in House

The House Judiciary Committee’s lopsided approval of patent reform legislation last month would not have looked as overwhelming if every member showed up.

Six of the seven members of the committee who were absent told The Hill they are leaning toward opposing the measure in its current form. Five of those opponents supported a similar bill last Congress….

Flip-floppers all, potentially. Hopefully.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had put it on the July schedule and it appeared to be heading toward quick approval after a similar bill passed the full House last Congress 325-91.

But after a series of meetings, which opponents say did not go well, the bill was taken off the July calendar. McCarthy said last week that “there is more work to be done on it.

But why waste any more lipstick on this pig? When there are actual attractive bills to be had?


This is not fundamental transformation. It specifically reforms demand letter abuse without total system disruption.

It gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to deal with bad demand letter writers on an a la carte basis. The FTC examines each case as it comes rather then preemptive, all-encompassing legislation where every single patent holder trying to protect their intellectual property is assumed to be acting in bad faith. 

Patent Troll

Patent Troll

And that’s about it. With DC less is almost always more….

Strong Act

This isn’t fundamental transformation either. It reforms demand letter abuse and cleans up some previous DC mistakes.

The last patent reform bill the America Invents Act established overly broad standards for when and how patents can be challenged at the patent office. This bill tightens them.

And it uses the TROL Act language that ends abusive demand letters.

As Ronald Reagan said of his treaty dealings with the Soviet Union – “Trust, but verify.”

We should (almost always) give flip-floppers to correct positions the benefit of the doubt – and thereafter the totality of our scrutiny.

If actually elected, Trump should absolutely be held to his new anti-illegal immigration stance – which will have helped deliver him to the White House.

And to these new tentatively anti-Innovation Act Republicans and Democrats – we say “Welcome (almost) home. Do the right thing – and vote No.”

Better still, House Leadership should take further note – and not waste any more makeup on this swine.

Let’s permanently leave it in the legislative pen. And move on to much better looking bills.

This is a guest post by Seton Motley, Founder and President of Less Government


  • Gary D Flatt


  • John Edward Blake

    It is important in public life to remain flexibile.Times change and problems change and what was good for yesterday might be no good for today.That is the world of politics.To be die hard and agenda bound is to get gung ho even for failure.This is Obama`s biggest fault to know when to back of failure and search for a better way.That is why there is a 20 trillion dollar debt because agendas mean more then common sense and trying to help all takes away from many because it can`t work the same for all.This gay situation and trying to force it down peoples throats is the business not of equal rights but the business of forced rights of a minority onto a majority regardless of what people believe or feel about it.That`s the same principle the Nazi`s used to enforce steralization of gays,retarded people and non-pures.You cannot force by law that can be sought with reason.This Iran deal is a prime example of getting a deal starting from a failing premiss of fear.It creates an imbalance that cannot be denied and exceptance of a deal that is pointless but easily foiled.There is no reason here because nothing is really changed except a bunch of words that does not lead to any more trust then before.IT SIMPLY PUT IS A FOOL`S ERRAND AND DOOMED TO FAILURE.

  • leigh

    changing ones mind should be hand in hand with an explanation when you are going to be accountable to and responsible for many.

    • kathleen_smith121

      The explanation should be the same and Hillary and Obama regarding their positions on gay marriage. They have “evolved” Nuff said.


    One thing I hope Trump changes his mind on is abortion. I don’t think he really understands how horrific it really is. I think that if more people could see what really takes place with an abortion they would be totally against it. Please google ( aborted babies ) and look at the slaughter of helpless children and see if you don’t change your mind if you are for abortion. It is NOT just a procedure. It is MURDER. Nothing less than MURDER. Donald needs to see it for himself as we ALL do.

    • kathleen_smith121

      Donald has stated many times in recent interviews that he is now pro-life and changed his mind years ago. As the Dems have said about Obama and Hillary on gay marriage They have “evolved”. What more does he need to say?

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