“If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.” - Malcolm X
"Give us clear vision, that we may know where to stand and what to stand for - because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything." - Peter Marshall (preacher, 1902-1949)
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." - Alexander Hamilton
It must be true then.
Seriously, this is where most politicians part ways with me. Their guiding principle seems to be whatever it takes to get themselves re-elected. They only do the right thing when the public starts clamoring for it.
How does this happen? Look towards the American voters:
"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." - H. L. Mencken
Replace "taste" with "intelligence", and there is your answer. Politicians have been underestimating the American voters for many decades, with only a few rare instances of the voters calling them on the carpet (Ross Perot comes to mind).
The time is approaching when the American voters need to call the politicians on the carpet again. Our politicians are acting with ambivalence towards us, when they are not completely corrupt. It is time for the sheep to turn on the wolves.