Politics is just War by another name.
Political Analysis from the pages of Think Magazine.
POLITICIANS ARE THE SAME ALL OVER. THEY PROMISE TO BUILD A BRIDGE EVEN WHERE THERE IS NO RIVER." - Nikita Khrushchev
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. But what the powers that be appear to forget is that a consensus is the purest form of democracy and the black market never crashes. They are working on this however.
If you are the type to follow local and national politics obsessively, you might sometimes find it frustrating if you feel like things never change and bad patterns repeat themselves. So how do you find ways to get involved in politics to feel like you're actually making a difference?
Register to Vote!
For all the people who care about politics and are concerned with the way things are, it's amazing how many people aren't registered to vote, choose not to vote, or forget to vote. Real change happens in small doses, so if you're not thrilled about any of the candidates on the next ballot, abstaining from voting altogether is not the best way to enact change.
There are lots of ways to register to vote. You can do so at the DMV, for example, as well as at local voter registration offices, state-funded agencies that help those with disabilities, and armed service recruitment offices. If you are a student, you may even be able to register to vote at your school.
And if you aren't thrilled with the candidates, make a careful study of all of them. Vote for a third party or a write-in candidate. Even if the candidates don't agree with you on every issue, choose the ones that are most prepared to build long-term sustainable, healthy projects for your community.
Before the election, make sure you have researched all of the candidates on all of the issues. If you really get serious about this, this could become pretty time consuming, but it makes a big difference to try to read between the lines on what the candidates are actually saying. That is, you want to get good at spotting insincerity in a platform or evidence that the candidate is pandering to a sponsor or particular interest group. With some time, you'll develop a pretty rigorous understanding of all of the candidates and their motives.
This information shouldn't be hard to find. Just check out the websites for each candidate, party, and issue to find websites that offer comparisons on each platform and their long-term implications.
If you feel strongly about a candidate or an issue, canvas your community. Make custom signs for your yard and consider getting involved with a politician's office to volunteer to go door to door to engage with voters. But be prepared for some resistance and confrontation! You should only sign up for a job like this if you can be extremely even-handed and calm.
Write Opinion Pieces
One great way to spread good ideas is to write. You can write letters to the editor of papers or magazines, write articles for political websites, or start your own website. If you have a particular issue that you want to discuss, make sure that you have thoroughly researched it as this will give you a better chance of getting published somewhere impressive. If you are not confident in your writing, you can hire an editor or ghost writer who can help you.
Engage with Others in Dialogue
Though most people are disinclined to get into discussions with their relatives about politics, it's important that you try to engage civilly with others who hold different opinions. In fact, if you engage with others in a respectful and open-minded way, you are much more likely to encourage them to consider your perspective. The better you get at engaging with others in a respectful way, the more people you will be able to reach to discuss your ideas.
As we all know, when it comes right down to it, the most impactful thing you can do to support someone is to give money. If you are in a position to give money, make sure you are doing so in a responsible way. Research the candidate or cause, especially before giving a generous amount. You will want to pay particular attention to their track record on delivering on their promises and you will want to be aware of any questionable or controversial activity on their part.
Sometimes as an individual, it can be hard to feel like you are really making a difference on a bigger scale. Being politically aware and involved will not only allow you to make a bigger contribution to changing the world, but will also give you tools for your own self-improvement. It is always beneficial to be more informed, so the more you get engaged in politics, the more you can do to find opportunities to enact change.
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Despite it feeling like no time has elapsed since Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in the 2012 American Presidential elections the political circus is drawing back into town, this time in the form of the Primaries. If you are unfamiliar with the Primaries, they are the political process both parties - Republican and Democrats - undertake in order to find their presidential nominee. With Obama currently in his second term of office he is barred from seeking re-election, his spot at the top of the Democrat Party is nearly certain going to be taken by Hillary Clinton. It isn’t quite so clear cut with the Republican Party, who are lacking in Presidential material.
So can the Republican Party manage to pull off a serious upset and beat Clinton or will America extend the Democrats stay in the White House for a third time: something that hasn’t occured in over 60 years.
The betting odds have Clinton as an overwhelming favourite for President in 2016 with a price of 5/4 while the two favoured Republican candidates: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are both out at 9/1 with 32Red. Same with Ladbrokes, Clinton is a favourite priced at 6/4 whilst Bush is at 14/1 and Rubio at 12/1. Bookmakers rarely get it wrong, but rarely does not mean never, just look at the 1992 British Election; somehow a battered Conservative Party managed to hold onto power against a resurgent Labour Party. The odds do reflect the current political climate in America but two years is a long time in the world of politics.
Let us take a look at the potential candidates.
Jeb Bush knows a lot about the Presidency, it is a job that both his brother; George. W., and his father; George. H. W, found employment. Now there are connotations with the Bush name in America, mainly around the war on Iraq and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, but most ill-feel has subdued while the economic crisis engulfed the country, with the bankers not the Bush’s being the focal point for criticism. What’s more, Jeb Bush is arguably the most adequate politician to ever come from the Texan lineage, his success as Governor of Florida is proof of this - he is the only Republican to have served two full-terms as Governor of the State. You need money, and plenty of it, to even stand a chance in the Primaries, let alone the election. In this regard Bush is sorted, his family are one of the most affluent in all of America. Bush is someone that the Republicans have been trying to push into running for the Presidency for the past two elections, if he doesn’t run now then he probably never will. His decision will probably depend on whether he believes a Bush can beat a Clinton in an election; his father couldn’t.
Marco Rubio has been dubbed the “Crown Prince” of the Tea Party Movement, a conservative arm of the Republican Party. Rubio, like the rest of the Tea Party, wants a reduction in fiscal spending, taxes, national debt etc, all things that sound good on paper but are practically utopian in concept. With Rubio you get the feeling that he is right (placing on the political spectrum) enough for the Tea Party but not too far right for the rest of the party, however, when up against Clinton, a liberal humanitarian, he will appear far too Conservative for the rest of the electorate, ostracising him from the mid-spectrum voters and ultimately losing profoundly.
If Clinton is to lose the 2016 Presidential Election it will by no fault of her own rather that of her predecessor, Obama. The current source of contention is the militia attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS). After years in Afghanistan and Iraq the U.S. don’t really want to engage in ground warfare hence why there have only been airstrikes against ISIS. Obama has admitted that he doesn’t currently have a proper plan in place for dealing with the problem in Iraq and Syria, and his coolness can be mistaken for aloofness. Many Americans in a recent poll would have rather had Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican candidate, in the Oval Office right now. They believe that he would be decisive, just like Bush after 9/11, and have a fully prepared military plan in place, something that many now believe lacking in Obama, he appears to be a bit of a flip-flopper. If Obama’s lack of military intervention does agitate people then it won’t be his approval rating that diminishes but that of his party, making Hilary’s task significantly harder. If the American populous believe that the Democratic Party are weak on a global stage then they will turn to the Republicans, just like they did during the Cold War.
By choosing either Bush or Rubio the Republican Party would be able to carry the state of Florida and with it, 29 electoral votes. Both potential nominees have spent their political career in Florida and both are popular there, especially Bush. If the Grand Ol’ Party take Florida off the Democrats they will be taking the third largest number of the Electoral College votes off their political foe, something that is going to be very important as they try to counter the 55 votes that California will give the Democrats.
If you were to bet you should back Hillary Clinton. America is ready for a female leader, but more importantly, Clinton is the most able politician in the United States. She, and her husband Bill; who pales in comparison to his wife, are revered all over America, and she will more than likely receive the endorsement of President Obama.