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What are YOU looking for in politicians?

Discussion in 'Political Debates' started by Mathematician, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Mathematician

    Mathematician Reason, and reason again

    Jul 27, 2004
    As an aspiring politician, I hope to one day be the best I can be at helping my people and working to benefit all man. But as many people know, politicians tend to do "more" and less than they're asked for, almost always leading us to scratch our heads.

    Thus, I'm making this topic to get some ideas. What are YOU looking for in a good politician (and not in the sense that they're good liars :D )? This is more geared towards characteristics than stances on individual issues, but you can include anything you want.

    Some things to consider:

    Smear Campaigns
    Negative Ads
    Brutal Honesty
    Compromising/This Way Is Best
    Traditional Concerns/Media-Deprived Concerns
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  2. greatcalgarian

    greatcalgarian Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2005
    I would consider a politician to be very successful if he or she can be bought.:p and remain popular.

    Whether the buying is through money, or offer of irrestible benefit, or blackmail.
  3. evearael

    evearael Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    I look for honesty, integrity, passion, intellect and wisdom. I prefer someone who will hold their ground despite what the polls say. I want an actual leader. I think very poorly of smear campaigns and the politicians who use them. I feel that skills in debating are a must... and not with sound bytes. I want actual responses, not spin. I have no respect for politicians who cower for special interest groups. I want a politician who is doing the best thing for America for our long term interests, not just what will get him re-elected. I want someone who will take responsibility for their actions and not shift their blame to others.
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  4. almifkhar

    almifkhar Active Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    to me a good politican would be someone who was,
    could understand how to budget
    would stand up against what is wrong even if it meant losing his/her job
    has a backbone
    someone who could make a vote or policy with out needing finanical assentive to do it
    some one who would out law the lobby groups
  5. niceguy

    niceguy Active Member

    Jun 2, 2005
    Someone that is NOT a saint, a politican with a totally clean record are hiding something, we are all humans we all get some dirt on us. A good politican admits this and apologise if neccesary. A politican that may have cheated a little with his taxes 20 years ago, smoked some joints in their high schoolyears , got cought speeding last year and was found drunk in a public place last week are probably not a god chooise but it's ok to have some stains on ones record. Then it will just be a question if whatever I agree with them politically or not if they get my vote.
  6. sparc872

    sparc872 Active Member

    May 1, 2006
    I want to see a politician that does not give in to party politics. Look at the voting in the House or Senate right now and as far back as we can go. There is hardly a decision that isn't split down the middle between the two parties.

    I want a politician that is open to change.

    Contrary to what most people here have said, I want a politician that does listen to the polls rather than just going on what he thinks is right. What if he is wrong and the people are right? We are the constituents, we are the ones being represented. The politician is our voice. I am not saying that he has to bend to every desire of the masses, because we are often wrong in our desires, but a good politician would at least make an effort to educate the people about why they are wrong and he is right.

    A good politician will not resort to attacking the opposition to get votes. He will not rely on fear tactics. A good politician will take office based on his merit alone, he is the one representing us. We aren't being represented by the not-politician that is smeared to death in a campaign.
  7. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
    Staff Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Honesty...honesty and honesty...........a genuine desire to better the lot of the people who you are representing, and the strength of character that will never let you be tempted by any form of opportunity to achieve anything for which you would have to break your own moral codes.
  8. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

    Dec 1, 2004
    Christian Taoist
    Be a servant.
  9. Lintu

    Lintu Active Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    I like politicians who will admit to being wrong after considering new evidence or another person's dissenting views. This shows intelligence and humility, which to me are two important characteristics in a leader.
  10. nutshell

    nutshell Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2005
    Pretty simple really: I want a politician whose political, economic, and moral beliefs most closely align with my own and is willing to do everything the law allows and is morally acceptable to move those beliefs forward, through the democratic process, of course.
  11. Crystallas

    Crystallas Active Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Older politicians are the ones I like the best. Call me crazy, but ever since people started going JFK crazy in this country with younger office holders, it seems as if the amount of developing time IN office was a great deal longer for each person.
  12. Radio Frequency X

    Radio Frequency X World Leader Pretend

    Jul 8, 2006
    I look to vote for capitalists, environmentalists, and moderates with strong family values, integrity, and compassion. I'll vote for leaders who seem to care about the people, even if I don't agree with all their politics.