forging a politician

It seems to me, one of the things that helps a new candidate win an election is that they be outspoken. Being outspoken is usually fuelled by opinions. Voters want to see a potential elected representative as being familiar with the issues and willing to take a stand for their ideas.

What’s interesting is that citizens seem to prefer candidates who don’t shy away from sharing their opinions, but yet get very aggravated, even outraged, when an elected representative disagrees with them. It makes for an awkward and confusing learning curve for a newly elected politicians.

In doing a bit of research preparing for this week’s Social Committee meeting, someone explained to me that many people only feel listened to if you agree with them. After being conditioned to worry about inciting an obstructionist, this creates the need to temporize with ambiguity and vague commitments.

Sometimes I look at the way I’m dealing with issues, and I don’t like what I see. I’m learning to be a politician. I didn’t want to be a politician. I wanted to be the anti-politics politician. Unfortunately it often feels like I’m having that beat out of me.

It has become obvious that the reason politicians act like politicians is because that’s what they have to do in order to achieve goals. It’s something learned through trial and error after being elected – learning by what people in the community accept and what they reject.

Though people complain about politics, it really is an animal of their own creation.



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