An Open Letter to Ronnie Alting A.K.A. Flip-Flop Alting
By Pat Henry
Your vote against HJR-3 recently was very disappointing, unfortunate and astonishing. By that vote, you disenfranchised every voting citizen in the state of Indiana. No matter what your personal opinion on this issue, it should have been decided by Indiana voters, not self-serving politicians in Indianapolis.
What are you afraid of? If it is such a bad idea to enshrine in our state constitution what is already established state law and has always been true in every society throughout human history, won’t the voters confirm this and reject the proposed amendment? Don’t you trust your current constituents and the voters of Indiana? Or would you rather have different constituents? Apparently you do trust them enough to vote to re-elect you.
You voted for this constitutional amendment before, in 2011 and earlier. What has changed since then? Were you wrong then, or now? Why? Did you then, or do you now, have basic, foundational beliefs and principles that guide your actions and votes? If so, what are they? If you do, you certainly keep them well hidden. The word “Flip Flop” comes to mind as the best way to describe your votes and apparent beliefs. “Malleable” might be another term.
You stated that you “wished this issue would go away”. It won’t. Well, Mr. Alting, state senators are expected to encounter, deal with and decide difficult issues. If you are not prepared to do this or would prefer not to, perhaps you should step aside and let someone else who is do this important work.
In the end, we shouldn’t be surprised. You performed a very similar bait and switch operation when you were on the Lafayette City Council. In 1996, you changed your vote (also known as a flip flop) on the issue of adding similar behaviors to the city’s human relations ordinance. I guess we should have known then the level of your commitment to principles and your constituents.
You have claimed that this pattern of flip-flopping changing of votes is “courageous”. Others might call it “cowardly”, taking the path of least resistance, taking the easy way out, not wanting to hurt your perceived chances of getting re-elected, or seeing which way the political wind is blowing at any given point in time. Not only can we not consistently rely on you to do the same thing and vote the same way, but we can much more certainly rely on you to take the “easy” way out, the path of least resistance and what you think will please the media and the left (mostly one and the same). But most certainly, you will reliably take the action and vote the way that serves you the best, not us, and is in your best interest, not ours. That is one thing that does appear to be consistent.
That, Mr. Alting, is part of what gives politics and politicians a bad name, and what makes people dislike politics and politicians so much.
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