What makes a good candidate?
I have been working with several Constitution Party members who have expressed an interest in running for public office. This is something that I always like to encourage. The entire purpose of our party is to promote and elect Constitution Party candidates to public office.
The problem is, when I ask them questions about their campaign, they start making claims and expressing ideas that demonstrate that they do not realize the monumental efforts required to run a successful campaign. When I ask questions regarding funding, campaign staffing, advertising, and basic strategy, I normally hear a long silence, followed by a lot of stuttering and then humble admittance that they don’t know what to do.
That is to be expected. We are small party and not many of us have experience in running for office. The vast majority of our party members have not had the opportunity to be an active member of a campaign staff and work with a candidate. Our small numbers and our status of being on the fringe of politics means that we don’t get many opportunities to participate in promoting Constitution Party candidates.
So, I have decided to write a series of articles for those that feel the call to serve their community by running for political office. This series is designed to give you a brief overview of what is involved with a political campaign and to dispel some of the misinformation and myths involving a campaign for political office. As such, I thought my first article should be a self-evaluation of your personality traits and characteristics to see if you would be comfortable as a political candidate.
In doing this self-evaluation, I want to first blow up the myth that politicians must be from an elite class of individuals. That is exactly what we want to fight against. In the U.S., we identify the “perfect politician” based on the candidates who are currently running for office. The Constitution Party wants to destroy that image and introduce new characteristics for our political candidates. Your status in life, your wealth (or lack of it), your education, and your family background have nothing to do with your ability to be a successful politician in the new format that the Constitution Party will use for promoting our candidates. We want to destroy the status-quo of politicians because they are corrupt, egotistical, controlling, sociopathic, megalomaniacs who have an elitist attitude. Our programs are designed to encourage average Americans to step up and serve their communities by getting elected. At the heart and core of the changes we want to make, our politicians are the most critical component to promote our cause. As such, we need them to be just as different from GOP/Democrat candidates as much as our policies and principles are different.