The "flip-flop" or the "change of position" is one of the most centered piece topics in political races and everyday politics. If one was to reflect on the "change of position" and its dimensions, it will become apparent that motivation is the most important component of it.
Why is motivation the most important component? One would need to understand the intention of the change in position before asserting a horrid action has been committed because not all changes of opinions are bad. If the change were a genuine change, then it would be difficult to assume it is bad. For example, if the person changes his or her stance based on new and supported evidence that came to light. It would be a genuine change of opinion. Yet, people are taught to hold onto their opinions and beliefs no matter how incorrect or wrong they are shown to be. The education and reinforcement of this "no change" tends to come from many sources (family, media, political officials, and so on). Moreover, this attitude is then placed onto politics. Constituents want to see their political figures stick to what they believe, even though if it is not producing the desired results. They would rather vote the person out of office after the damages have occurred to them than allow him or her to change the position. In addition, the constituency does not have the interest of the general district, but what seems good on the surface of an idea that is produced for them by something with influence.
It is observable that most representative democracies are beauty pageants with several public relations stunts. There are no sincere reflections by the public of the policies elected officials are choosing for them. Only a few understand the nature of the effects of policies on a government and its people. Therefore, there are vast amounts of trust placed on these people to ensure that they are being honest. Yet, in a representative government there tend to be information from all groups that say they have the answer to a better society.
Thus, deducing from these points, motivation is important to understanding a change in position because there are all sorts of reasons one can change their position. It can range from simple word-of-mouth to new evidence. Yet, not all changes in positions are equal. There are changes that are worst than others and some better than others. A case to understand this is Hillary Clinton's run for president. Recently, there have been videos that surfaced of her past decisions. She has been accused of changing her position many times due to this revealing of her changes in policies. Yet, the alarming thing is not her shifting opinions, it is the motivation of why she is changing it. The affluent political voices and popular movements of the time influence her ideas and beliefs. There is no reflection that is completed by her. She has no position or solid political identity. Essentially it is not a representation of the people, but representation of the affluent political voices and popular movements of a given time.
Motivation is key to unlocking the reasoning behind a change of position, which then relieves certain characteristics of an individual. This information then allows the constituency to properly vote because they gain a new insight into the people that represent them.