If you do not believe the 2014 Political Season is not upon us you have either been on a deserted island, have your head stuck in a hole in the sand, wearing blinders and ear protectors or do not listen to the radio, watch TV, participate in “social media” or go out in the public.
We all know there is a difference knowing about something and doing something about it. In politics there are a lot of things that need to be done if you are going to participate in the election process as a voter.
I am going to share a the very easy and traditional method of explaining actions if someone (you) want to be an effective voter. I want you to SPEAK UP.
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S is for speak. If you have concerns or issues you want addressed tell the candidates. Now is the time to address your issues with the candidates. The Primary is perhaps the most under rated election in this country. The reason is the primary is the time to narrow the field or “weed out” the want-to-be candidates from the candidate that the people feel has a chance of winning the General Election for their party or for the independent voter.
P is for pay attention. I know you find it hard to believe but there is a lot of bologna thrown around in the primary races. You can learn a lot about a candidate’s honesty, integrity and personality during the primary race. Listen to interviews. Watch how their staff members do their jobs. How they talk and act usually reflects the nature of the candidate.
E is educate yourself. If you do any research on topics that concern you I guarantee you will know as much, if not more, than the average candidate. If a candidate gives you noncommittal answers to questions, if the candidate speaks in circles without addressing the issue chances are he/she does not know the answer. Do not settle for generalized answers. Ask for details. I hope you can get them.
A is ask questions. It is during the Primary race that you should really be taking a look at each and every candidate. Drill them with questions, expecting answers. This is the time to learn about their backgrounds in business, education and experience that makes them a viable candidate. If a concern, find out about the candidates’ religious beliefs and any other person issues that may concern you.
K is know what your real concerns are and the kind of person you want in office representing you. Do some soul searching. What are the issues and concerns that really bother you? Do you just listen to fifteen second bits and take them as facts? Have you bothered to “get the rest of the story” when you hear all of the rhetoric from the campaign trail, main stream media and social networks? Do you listen to others concerns and make them yours?
U is for use the tools at hand. The same tools the candidates and their staffs use to pull you in and be used by you to get more information. I hate it when I hear people say, “I never use the computer.” Or “I don’t waste time on Facebook, twitter or those other silly things. Folks, it is a new era and technology is here to stay. If you do not learn to use it, it will be used against you. Listen to main stream media. Read various newspapers and magazines. Yes, they are rapidly becoming entertainment outlets, but they occasionally have some news and information that you can use.
P is for participate in the system. You do not have to run for office to make a difference. You do need to work for the candidate of your choice. You need to work with your local political party if there is an organized party where you live or work. Don’t blame the party for their short coming. Blame yourself for not helping to make them better, Keep informed. And by all means get out and vote!
Filing date for all candidates in South Carolina begins Sunday, March 16, 2014. Filing ends on March 30, 2014.
Do not think for a minute that the race has not begun. Many of the names you are hearing right now are trying to get support to validate their reason to file to be an actual candidate. Many will fall along the wayside because people did not show interest in their campaign or they were unable to get sufficient funding support. Either reason will eliminate many from the actual Battle of the Primary. The survivors, the ones who actual pay their filing fees and have garnered enough support from their constituency will enter the arena for the final political fight. You can be the one who determine his/her political fate.
If you dare to complain, dare to do something about it.