The Candidate: What Characteristics Are Important?

public speaking 2As we are now into the election cycle in a very big way, it is incumbent on us to make some sound decisions about the people we elect. As we go to vote either in person or absentee we must look not at what party the person represents but the person. I was asked to reflect on the qualities one should look for in a person who wants to represent us at both the national and state level. First, as I begin I know that the person must be a leader. A person that I and others would like to follow has many different attributes of a leader. After much consideration here are some qualities that I believe are important to me. [Read more…]

Mandatory Term Limits: Good Or Bad?

candidate 2Would mandatory term limits on United States’ representatives, senators, and our Executive Branch (back to one term) be good or bad? That is a major dilemma in a political nation and world gone awry. Does “new blood” constantly refresh a system and prohibit or deter corruption, or simply deny knowledgeable public servants, [Read more…]

Public Community Relations and Running for City Council

city council2By Lance Winslow –

Public Relations in the community is important for anyone seeking a run for a city council seat. One must have a good standing in the community and build that up prior to running for a local election. That is easy enough and yet as soon as you put your name on the ballot the gloves come off and the slander and innuendoes begin. [Read more…]

When Politics Become a Personal Career

We want youTo give you a simple definition, a career politician is someone who makes politics his/her main source of his/her income – it’s the bread and butter for the survival of their family, clan, or dependents.

This is the picture of modern Philippine politics wherein the vast majority of those who are currently holding elected posts consider the entry into politics a profitable, lucrative venture. [Read more…]

Impact of Information Technology on Politics and the People

mass mediaThese days, people regularly engage in the political scene through “new media” to make their presence felt and influence politicians and the political process. Technology has made it easy for anyone and everyone with an internet connection to indulge in armchair politics – with or without acumen or an understanding of the issues at hand. [Read more…]

Why I Love Politics – My Wife Can’t Stand It!

political partiesPolitics is dirty. Politics is filthy. Yes. Politics is ruthless and not for the faint hearted. It is a game that drains your heart of any grace and soul. It fills it instead with rage and unspeakable maladies. That is precisely the point. Calm and congenial fellows hardly vote – the angry and passionate do! [Read more…]

The History of Political Bumper Stickers

bumper stickers3By Mark J. Trumper – Developed shortly after World War II, bumper stickers have been constant sites on American roadways since that time. One use for bumper stickers for political campaigns. We saw it in the last presidential election for sure, and even lesser elections promote their candidates with bumper stickers. Call them “pieces of flair” for your car – but with a political message. [Read more…]

Media Uses Polls To Sway Public Opinion

polls3By Gene Labarge –

We have seen a rise in the reporting of polling data over the last few years. There is a reason for that. The liberal media has found a new way to push their agenda under the cover of public opinion. [Read more…]

Charisma in Politics Is Not Only About Good Looks

candidate 2By Leon Edward –

Politicians have always been stereotyped. The image that they present is crucial to winning elections.

A politician work schedule is full of debates, heated discussions, and sometimes making unpopular choices. When you think of a politician, a staunch man in a three-piece suit usually is the image that is envisioned. Often, the one thing that they need most is overlooked. Charisma. [Read more…]

Politicians Versus The Politics Industry

candidate 2Elected government officials, at one point or another, have to govern. It’s their job.

But the political industry, represented by groups all over the political spectrum, is just an industry. Its job is to motivate its fervent supporters (the notorious “base”) and attract contributions, and then to generate results – or at least claim to generate results – so it can attract further contributions. [Read more…]