Choosing Candidates

This page presents the criteria for choosing a candidate to support in a political contest.  Candidates will understand the power we possess and will really want our votes, so we must stay true to our alliance.  The foundational candidate selection criterion is reiterated.  Then fundamental secondary selection criteria is presented, followed by taking a look at specific desirable characteristics in a candidate by type of office pursued.  Finally we list some characteristics we want our candidates to avoid.  Then, knowing how to choose a candidate, it's time to strengthen our power by joining our alliance.

We Must Stay True To Our Alliance

With the 2016 election year activities now already upon us sooner than most would prefer, we have been presented with many people running for a number of political offices who badly want our votes.

We of the Powerful American Political Alliance have the potential to share a unity that gives us possession of what the candidates really want: a decisively large bloc of votes upon which they can count at the voting booth to achieve a winning margin.  That, of course, makes us very important to all those running for office.

It's entirely up to each candidate, for President, Senate, Representative, Governor, Assembly, Mayor, City Council, for every elected office in the land, to make their case for receiving our votes, which they will present on their public placards, internet website, official blasts, and through television and radio news broadcasts.

It is up to each candidate to say the right things to garner the most votes.

And, it is up to us to stay true to our alliance and hold each and every serious viable candidate for office to the task of presenting their candidacy in precisely the way that will earn them our votes, no exceptions.

Indeed, if our vote is not earned by anyone then it is not to be bestowed at all or we are simply once again voting for "the lesser of two evils", as we've said for too long, and we thereby discard the power of our alliance, signaling to candidates that our alliance means nothing, that our requested criteria can be ignored by candidates and we'll still vote for them.  That, of course, would be the wrong message for us to convey, a betrayal of our alliance and a subversion of all of the important prosperity creating changes we desire to achieve, as then no candidate would take us seriously at all.

We must be loyally true to us all at the Powerful American Political Alliance and be unwavering in our standard of requirements for bestowing our most valuable votes if we are to be successful in achieving our goals.

It is with this purpose in mind that we present our criteria for choosing vote-worthy candidates.

Our Foundational Requirement of a Candidate: "I Completely Support the Powerful American Political Alliance."

The number one requirement of a candidate for office is that they state prominently and clearly on their website verbatim: "I completely support the Powerful American Political Alliance".

A candidate must do this to get our votes.  If the candidate does not clearly and prominently present this statement on their website, then the candidate is not to get our votes.  The website is key, as that allows voters to reference the candidate online at their leisure, a critical courtesy for the candidate to extend so we can know for sure at any time that the candidate supports us.

In addition, a candidate for office must also state in campaign speeches the same affirmative: "I completely support the Powerful American Political Alliance".

It's not enough that this statement appears clearly and prominently on their website.  Viable serious candidates for office must verbally utter their complete support for our alliance so that their support of our alliance, and thus for the modifications to our socioeconomic and geopolitical system we require that candidate to actively work to implement if elected, is both seen and heard.

This is the key to our power, that in order to qualify to receive our votes, the candidate must make their support of our alliance crystal clear.

Not only does making their support of us aid a candidate in getting elected, it tells the entire country we exist, which will spread the knowledge of our existence across the land, sending new members our way, and thereby making us even more empowered to get our modifications implemented and bring prosperity back to Americans.

When a candidate clearly and prominently states their support of us, it's a win-win for us and that candidate.

When a candidate does not state support of us, we want to make it a loss for that candidate, and thereby serve notice that we are not to be taken lightly.

Additional Characteristics Important In a Candidate

So what happens, as is eventually likely the case, when all the candidates for a given office express written and oral support of us in the manner stipulated above?

Then it comes down to typical methods of selection each voter wishes to employ, as it won't really matter which candidate wins from our socioeconomic perspective because the winner of that contest will be in support of our alliance and all the modifications to our socioeconomic and associated geopolitical system we desire to make to facilitate prosperity for all Americans.

There are some qualities that are very important for a candidate to possess, attributes of personality, character, and temperament that make that candidate additionally attractive regardless of the office sought.

The following list presents these positive qualities for our consideration:

1. Honesty.

Here we begin with a trait not often thought of about politicians: honesty.  Yet honesty is essential to trust.  So the candidate must present him or herself and make job performance promises that ring true.  Sure, once in office, politics as usual can compel some politicians to make deals where it appears their campaign presentations were insincere, but politics often requires compromise now to achieve future gains.  During their campaign it's important to watch and listen carefully to a candidate to determine if he or she is sincere and means well.  Honesty is challenging for some because it renders them vulnerable.  It reveals who they truly are, reveals their mistakes and leaves them open to criticism and rejection.  But it also develops character.  And it can build credibility and secure trust.  This in turn creates confidence and respect from voters and the elected official's coworkers, which is essential if an elected official is to get anything done. 

2. Compassion.

Compassion for the scores of millions of our fellow Americans who are suffering economically is a valuable motivator for a candidate to follow through with their promise to support our alliance and desired modifications to our socioeconomic system to alleviate that suffering.  A compassionate candidate reflects an understanding of how Americans are suffering and a sincere heartfelt desire to do something about it, thereby reflecting their ability to convert knowledge to wisdom.  Beware, however, of candidates who focus too much on the suffering of non-Americans, especially at the expense of the suffering of American citizens -- these may be great compassionate people, but their misguided focus makes them better suited to holding office in those other countries or at the U.N. but not in America. 

3. Integrity.

Integrity is the quality of adhering to strong moral and ethical principles.  It is a form of honesty that incorporates uprightness and being true to one's inner values.  Politicians often have to make compromises in the course of their duties, again in order to get things done when politically polarized stalemates exist.  But that doesn't mean they like compromising what they wanted to achieve or enjoyed having to make compromises.  When their integrity is thus challenged they express their reticence to cave to making deals that sacrifice their political desires and those of their constituents and, if compelled to do so, they explain openly why they made the decisions they did.  Politics can be a thankless endeavor, especially where two polarized parties dominate and either nothing gets done or compromises are required just to get little done at all.  Those candidates who support our alliance will be faced with challenges from incumbents who've yet to support us.  Hopefully they will stand strong with integrity to be true to the task we authorized.   

4. Confidence.

A good candidate possesses self-confidence without appearing egocentric or narcissistic.  They are confident in their knowledge and in their ability to lead in a manner relevant to the specific position for which they're running.  Their confidence must be based on sound reasons, such as success in qualifying experience for the job, evidenced intelligence to learn and do that job, and the like.  Once we see that a candidate is truly confident in him or herself, it can give us confidence that the candidate is indeed able to discern a right, proper, and effective way to implement the changes we need.  

5.  Flexibility.

Flexibility is about grasping the give-and-take aspects of politics and the ability to find common ground.  Even when all parties to the solution agree on our modifications to the socioeconomic system, there will be disagreements about the tactics and mechanics of implementation.  Good candidates will evidence their flexibility in being able to listen carefully to all sides, to hear the arguments and to be able to thereby learn what it will take for all parties to reach agreement.  This attribute helps the candidate to recognize criticism and setbacks, to learn from them and try again with a better outcome.  Watch for candidates who present in their resumes the times they were flexible as needed to accomplish their goals. 

6.  Political Skill.

Watching a candidate in a debate can give us some idea of the candidate's political skill.  An elected official must deal with a constantly changing political landscape and be able to gauge the changes and what they mean to the official's job tasks.  A candidate must be personable enough to win our votes and the election but then tough enough on the job to create a winning compromise with their adversaries when necessary.  A good candidate of even our new breed of prosperity-dedicated focused candidates must be able to adapt as necessary to the old guard's schmoozing, backslapping and ego-massaging in order to get our job done.  

7.  Management Ability.

An elected official will have to assemble a team of assistants and manage them well.  We can gauge from past performance or current team management events how the candidate might do in office.  The candidate must be focused enough to adhere to their overarching vision but nimble enough to tweak that vision when real-world events intervene to demand an adjustment.  A good manager admits to mistakes and learns from them.  Politics can be quite complicated, and a successful elected official can sift through complex ideas they frequently encounter.  Similarly, the savvy political team manager can recognize foolish and deceptive double-talk, not only from adversaries, but from staff and supporters as well and respond appropriately.  A good political manager can hire a strong and effective support team, so keep an eye out for the comings and goings of the candidate's staff. 

8.  Persuasiveness.

The game of politics rarely installs a new official into an environment of absolute power.  The successful candidate must show that he or she possesses the power of persuasion.  A successful politician must promote ideas through making a number of presentations on a one-to-many basis and thus must be able to deliver a good speech.  Conversely, a persuasive politician needs to know when to stay quiet in the moment and simply listen, as good listening itself can be persuasive.  The court of public opinion can be supreme, and thus a good official knows how to read that court, be persuaded, and take the implied advice when necessary.  Indeed, sometimes an astute politician can bypass the normal channels by taking an issue directly to the people, but, if they win in that court of public opinion, they will have to be quite diplomatically persuasive to then convince those bypassed channels to effect the verdict. 

9.  Temperament.

Sometimes a candidate's experience has tempered them with the right attitude to succeed at the job for which they're running.  If a candidate has faced and weathered a true crisis or two, they're more likely to be able to endure and function optimally during difficult times.  Most elected offices come with erratic and unpredictable pressures.  Judging by a candidate's performance in front of a debate panel or press conference can help determine if the candidate possesses the necessary equanimity to handle the job.  Many times making a decision on a matter takes a leap of faith, no matter how much study and analysis went into the decision process.  Listen closely to a candidate talk about his or her job-similar management history to determine how he or she deals with uncertainty. 

10.  Intelligence.

Intelligence is an important factor in determining success in office.  In addition to being highly intelligent, a good candidate possesses the specific types of intelligence that the job being sought requires.  Watch a candidate during the debates and in newsfeeds to see how the candidate responds to different situations.  A good candidate can speak intelligently extemporaneously on the publicly familiar issues and also about lesser known political nuances or in response to surprising situations.  A candidate who consistently presents an intelligent perspective and response will likely succeed in office when encountering the many differing challenges and people attendant to the job. 

11. Communication Skills.

There are many ways of communicating a message, and the potentially effective candidate has a wide variety of communication skills to draw upon.  Beyond just the words they use, good communicators are adept at effective communication that combines the skill sets of nonverbal communication, engaged listening, managing stress in the moment, communicating assertively, and the capacity to recognize and understand their own emotions and the emotions of the person with whom they are speaking.  All of these are important communication skills necessary especially when international diplomacy is required.  Debates and newsfeeds are valuable sources of information about a candidate's in-person communication skills and their websites can inform about the written presentation style they authorize. 

12.  Tenacity.

Tenacity, the complement of flexibility, is also just as situationally important in an elected official, especially when a part of that official's job is regular interaction with ideologically polar opposites.  This will become quite evidently valuable when newly elected officials run up against the old guard in legislatures who have yet to come on board to our alliance.  These old guard folks from either wing of the political spectrum will likely oppose a number of the very prosperity-creating changes we need to make.  It's then important that those newly elected officials who garnered our support be tenacious in their support of working to implement the modifications we've presented herein. 

13.  Kindness.

Whereas an official's compassion is about those they serve, an official's kindness comes out in their relationship with coworkers.  The kindness attribute of a candidate can be evidenced during debates.  If a candidate is friendly, generous, and considerate of his or her debate opponents, that's not a sign of weakness, but instead signifies an empathetic kindness that is kindness of the highest order.  People who are kind usually draw kindness toward themselves as well, making a great working environment for getting good things done. 

14.  Realism.

Having visions of implementing systems that incorporate valuable ideals is essential to progress, but being realistic about the strategies, tactics, and mechanics of implementing those modifications is essential to succeeding in that progress.  A viable candidate can grasp how things truly are and can be sensitive to presenting political aspects realistically as opposed to pie-in-the-sky fantastically.  The candidate can represent a person, thing or situation accurately, in a way that is true to life.  Having an attitude to practice acceptance of a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly is the mark of skilled elected official, and is often reflected in their presentations along the campaign trail. 

15  Strength.

The office being sought and the campaign trail to get there can really tax the candidate's physical and emotional reserves which can be exhausting if the person isn't strong.  A successful candidate can endure the rigors of the election cycle, has shown resilience in past office and related endeavors to endure tough situations, doesn't frequently collapse in exhaustion from tiring all-day campaign stops or international conflicts, and has a healthy constitution to weather the storms and avoid illness.  Strength of conviction to the task at hand is also visible on the campaign trail, an important attribute of those seeking office terms lasting more than two years.

16. Motivation.

It's often helpful to discern why a candidate is running for the particular office.  Is it out of ego that they're spending so much time and money on winning the prized position or does the candidate really have a vision for the public good?  If a candidate says that a number of people told him or her to run, it's sometimes quite informative to find out who those people were and why they wanted that candidate to run, whether it was for the good of the people or the good of the powerful insiders.

17. Record.

An incumbent has a record as do those moving from one elected office to another.  Those candidates who've yet to hold political office have background and a record of performance that's believed to qualify them to run for office.  Read the candidate's website to learn his or her history highlights and follow the newsfeeds or speeches for the candidate's defense of their record.  See what the non-incumbent candidate says about the incumbent's record as that will present whether the candidate, if elected, will offer more of the same or something new in style.

18. Background.

Determining if a candidate is experientially qualified for the office they seek is important.  Education, work experience, demonstration of organizational skills in any endeavor, charity, volunteer work, all are valuable to consider in deciding between otherwise equally attractive candidates.

19. Knowledge.

In addition to the contemporary issues about which the public is keenly aware, it's important that a candidate really knows what he or she is getting into, that they know about the regular and exceptional activities and focus of the office they seek.  If a candidate states that operations in their sought-after realm weren't functioning up to par it's important to know what the candidate suggests to get things running smoothly again.  Those who can answer intelligently and succinctly, elaborating keenly in depth when asked, have done their homework.

20. Attitude.

One can learn a lot about a candidate along the campaign trail by keeping an eye on their demeanor in differing circumstances.  Candidates who exhibit more determination than pure anger can be attractive.  Watch a candidate respond in debate when asked a tough question about what the candidate had done or said elsewhere.  How the candidate reacts to these questions can be an indicator of how they might respond to the many challenges of the office they seek.

21. Vision.

It's vitally important that a candidate shares our vision for making changes to facilitate prosperity for all Americans.  But a candidate must also express a vision for how to implement those changes effectively.  A success-oriented candidate is also frequently looking ahead to the next challenge resulting from implementing our changes and is already envisioning a method of meeting that challenge.  Listen for the candidate's vision in speeches, and watch for it on the candidate's website.  This will aid in separating those who will excel above and beyond apart those just wanting to meet the minimum.

22. Likeability.

Many people like to get a sense of who the candidates are and simply decide which ones they like and admire.  Some candidates will come off narrow and intense, others broad and bland, and they won't really appeal to us.  Then there are those candidates with admirable traits who are simply likeable.  There's something about them, their persona, friendliness, dedication, a specific combination of a number of the characteristics and traits in this list, that make us want to have that person on our side.  Whatever it is that causes us to view a candidate as simply likeable, that's worth something, as that same likeability will facilitate successes once in office in bringing people together to implement solutions.

23. Connections.

A viable candidate isn't an island all to him or herself.  It's vitally important in this field to have many good connections to others in the field and in the area of the candidate's particular expertise.  During campaigning, listen to others in the field respond to each candidate.  Discern who has a lot of admirers and supporters and why.  When it comes time for the newly elected official to create a strong staff of assistants, it is the well-connected official who will command the best and brightest to come on board and stay with that official throughout, often all the way to the top.

24. Keeping Confidence.

Keeping confidence is essential, especially on the world stage when diplomacy is of the utmost importance.  Politics can be a game of give and take and backroom deals carried out in secret about which subsequent disclosure of details can render disgust from the public who wanted to be kept in the loop.  Still, there are many times when matters of security and the national or state interest require that political cards be held close to the vest.  It is important that we choose our candidates wisely.  It is not always good that those with the loosest lips on the campaign trail get elected even if we want to idealize they'd "never" withhold or lie to us.  Integrity often means knowing when to be silent and keep confidences made until the proper time of announcement when all the parties involved can appropriately participate in that announcement together.  

25. Emotional Stability.

Akin to strength is emotional stability.  A strong candidate reflects emotional stability, keeping cool and even-keeled though maintaining an optimistic or even enthusiastic demeanor despite a campaign trail and eventual job-description fraught with challenges that can create emotional frustration and sometimes despair.  Watch how a candidate behaves during the debates to gauge their response to conflict and challenges.  The emotionally stable candidate infrequently overreacts or underreacts, keeping their demeanor dynamically stable, and rarely criticizes an opponent undeservedly harsh.

Valuable Office-Specific Characteristics in a Candidate

There are many characteristics, temperaments and traits that serve an elected official well and we the constituency in turn.

An emphasis on some of the characteristics is valuable depending on the office sought.

It's important that we take a look at some of the major offices being contested in a typical election year to see which of these characteristics, temperaments, and traits applies most to each.

1. President.

The Presidency is unique in scope and power and thus requires a respect for international affairs.

Strong honesty, integrity, political skill, confidence, persuasiveness, management ability, intelligence, communication skills, background, kindness, likeability, connections, keeping confidence, and emotional stability are key success traits of a good President.

Our President must be someone in whom we trust with our very lives, who will carry that Black Box but never let that power carelessly go to his or her head.

2. Governor.

The Governor of a state is similar to that of the President in scope and power but within the extent that state and our national boundaries.

Our governorships are often the training grounds for Presidents, so most of the key traits of a good President apply to a Governor, with an additional extra emphasis on connections.

3. Federal Senator.

Federal senators are each state's high-level legislative representatives to the nation, assigned the task of representing the state in creating legislation at the national level and with an eye to international relations.

Our senators must be strong on integrity, flexibility, political skill, communications skills, knowledge, likeability, and keeping confidence if they are to do well in Congress and on diplomatic trips abroad.

4. Federal Representative.

Federal representatives are each state's local legislative representatives to the nation, assigned the task of representing the state's localized populations in creating legislation at the national level.

Our representatives must be strong on compassion, political skill, persuasiveness, communication skills, tenacity, realism, knowledge, and vision if they are to succeed in crafting legislation that meets our prosperity needs.

5. State Senator.

State senators are each state's high-level legislative representatives to the state capitol, assigned the task of representing the state's larger districts in creating legislation at the state level with an eye to inter-state relations.

Our state senators have similar characteristic strengths as our federal senators, as their functions are similar just on a reduced scale.

6. State Representative.

State representatives are each state's local legislative representatives to the state capitol, assigned the task of representing the state's localized populations in creating legislation for the state.

Our state representatives must again share similar strengths as our federal representatives, as their functions are similar, just on a reduced scale.

7. City Mayor and Council Members.

City Council members are a combination of senator and representative, and the Mayor is often the city council's leader and prime diplomat at inter-city affairs.

Characteristic traits extra valuable in the Mayor and City Council Members includes compassion, flexibility, political skill, intelligence, communication skills, realism, and vision.

Each of us may like a little more of one trait or another in our candidates for specific office.  It's important that we all decide what works for us when selecting a candidate to support from a list of "the greater of two goods" candidates (meaning candidates who all support our alliance).

Characteristics to Avoid In a Candidate

Sadly, we famously tend to remember the negative characteristics of candidates long after we've forgotten the good ones.  Perhaps that's because they are more pronounced and the media plays them up constantly.

Nevertheless, there are characteristics in a candidate it's best to avoid, so when choosing between candidates who are "the greater of two goods", in addition to comparing the positive traits between the two, it's also of value to compare the negative traits as well.

Candidates who exhibit these negative characteristics frequently have reached the end of their ability to present their own characteristics and policies in a persuadable manner, which thus also reflects a lack of intelligence.

Though many would joke that if we ruled out candidates with negative traits no one would ever hold office, it remains important to set cynicism aside and find those candidates who exhibit little if any negative qualities compared to the other candidates.

Simply factor in the good traits with the bad traits and make a decision.

Perhaps after reading this section, serious viable candidates will reflect a word to the wise lesson learned and change their behavior.

The following list presents these negative qualities:

1. Name-Calling.

Candidates who have a tendency to engage in name-calling are to be avoided, as that reveals both a lack of integrity and implies emotional instability.

Such name-calling is an attribute of negative campaigning and serves no good but to cast often unwarranted dispersions upon the opponent(s) that often have nothing to do with the opponent's ability to perform the duties of office.  This "dirty politics" distracts from the issues at hand and to the detriment of the voting public. 

Statements like, "my opponent is ugly", "my opponent is narcissistic, full of hot air", and the like are simply egregious personal attacks that are meaningless.

2. Race-Baiting and Other Prejudice.

Candidates who have a tendency to reference race, ethnicity, marital status, religious persuasion, age, and the like of their opponents, constituency, or others, in either a negative or positive tone, are often subtly or blatantly utilizing these references to instill prejudice and thereby appeal to the worst in us the voters.

Watch out for candidates who speak in prejudiced terms, as they will likely be biased in carrying out their duties in thus an office-compromising manner.  These candidates should be avoided.

Prosperity must be for all Americans, as in liberty and justice for all, and characterizing anyone in this irrelevant and demeaning manner to assumptively segregate them is not to be tolerated in a candidate.

3. Rumor Mongering.

Rumor mongering is also a form of personal attack upon another, and thus does nothing to engage the other in intelligent debate.

Making statements such as, "everyone says my opponent is an embezzler, but I'm completely unaware of any supportive evidence to that" is simply a subtle way of implying "my opponent is likely an embezzler".

Whether direct or implicit, such character assassinations are another example of "dirty politics" attacking that gives politicians a bad name.

4. Guilt By Association.

Guilt by association is another tactic employed by politicians when they want to score quick points with a relevantly sensitive segment of the population.

"My opponent was a member of the Communist Party when he was a teenager" and "it's common knowledge that big corporations back my opponent" are typical examples of the negative campaign tactic of guilt by association.

Sadly, many candidates still employ this quick-reference political "dirty trick" tactic.

5. Catchwords.

Catchwords, buzzwords, and spin-words are all the rage in the handbook of political "dirty tricks".

Phrases like "un-American", "law and order", "tax and spend", "corporate puppet" and the like are utilized by candidates to create an image that will trigger a knee-jerk emotional response with no intent to really inform.

Candidates who utilize these catchwords in their debates and speeches are making an appeal to a limited ideological paradigm of voters utilizing a short-cut lingo known esoterically to them and thus tells the rest of us nothing of informational value.

6. Passing the Blame.

Debates and campaigning are too often all about painting one's self in the brightest light and casting shadows on one's opponent.

One of the ways of doing so is passing the blame, whereby a candidate denies responsibility for an action about which the candidate may be associated and/or blames the opponent for things over which the opponent likely had no control.

Passing the blame is another in the tactical list of distracting from the issues via the use of personal innuendos to prejudice the voters emotionally and at the expense of truly informing the public about the candidate's own qualifications and stance on the issues.

7. Making Pie-In-The-Sky Promises.

Candidates want to set themselves positively apart from their competition.  Sometimes they attempt to do so by resorting to pie-in-the-sky promises that no one could ever fulfill.

"We will end poverty forever if I'm elected" and "I will make the world completely safe from pollution before my term of office ends" are examples of pie-in-the-sky promises that candidates use to emotionally titillate the public into giving them their votes.

Pie-in-the-sky statements compel the public to overlook the candidate's other attributes and policy tenets that might not be playing so well at the time.

It's one intelligent thing to say that we know how to work toward prosperity for all Americans.  It's quite another pie-in-the-sky thing to say "if I'm elected all Americans will be prosperous again before the year is up".

8. Evading the Issues.

Sometimes candidates stipulate that a given circumstance is an issue when it really isn't, or they will evade questions about real issues.

Candidates may avoid answering pertinent direct questions, offer only vague solutions, or even talk about the benefits of this or that proposed program, but never answer specifics about the topic.

Granted, drowning the debate in details may not be appropriate in some venues.  But often it isn't the tactical and mechanical execution details that are being requested for elaboration but high level philosophy and strategy that is appropriate to the discussion.

Rather than answer a question directly that might cast a shadow upon an aspect of their candidacy, a candidate will sometimes say very little in answer to the question and digress into a diversion about the opponent, conjuring up an "issue" that really isn't an issue at all just to cast a dispersion on the opponent to take the interrogation spotlight off themselves.

Such behavior is part and parcel of negative attributes of a candidate.

Joining Our Alliance

We have learned about the problem that makes scores of millions of Americans suffer adversity hardships, we know how to dismantle the roadblock that prevents us from alleviating those hardships, we know what the solution to the problem is, and we now know how to select those candidates who will effect our prosperity-creating solutions for Americans.

Now it's time to join our website and become a member, thereby making our alliance stronger, more politically powerful, and thus truly effective. 

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