A politician is an individual who is usually campaigning for some type of elected post (i.e., Mayor, president, city council). In order to win the post, the poiltician must recieve the majority of votes in an election. Votes are cast by citizens, so the main objective of the politician should be to find out the needs of the majority of the people. This is achieved through campaigning. Campaigining is the process the politician uses to meet citizens of the community of the post they are running for. Campaigning usually entails the politician speaking at community events, hosting events, making speeches, etc, to promote their platform.
The platform is the foundation of the politician's campaign. Usually a platform consists of a hot-button issue that is currently developing or has developed in a community. The politician decides his platorm, which issues he or she will and will not promote, etc, and his or her personal thoughts on said issues.
Campaigning and platform are usually the deciders in a political election. Obviously, the better the campaign, the more voter approval. If individuals believe in what you belive in, they will usually vote for you (platform), but you have to reach the intended audience (campaign).
Sometimes, politicians will use campaigning resources to try and discredit any opponent they may have in the electoral race. This is commonly referred to as mud-slinging. Politicians may air commercials portraying thier opponent in a negative manner, or may even say negative things about their opponent during their campaign speeches. Often, this has an adverse effect, as it compromises the integrity of the politican in the eyes of many voters.
Politics and politicians have suffered from an increasingly negative image throughout the years due to scandals involving bribes, sex, and crime. This can occur at any level of politics, but the most sensationalized cases are usually at a national level (president, vice presidents, senators, representatives, supreme court justices, etc.). This is likely due to the fact that these individuals are scrutinized much more closely by the media.
To understand politics, one must learn two things: 1) Deception; 2) How to lie in a "politically correct" fashion.
I suppose this might not be a "politically correct" answer, but it is definitely correct. Other than that, politics often consist of turmoil, confusion, corruption, and unresolved problems.
by SylviaSky7 years ago
How do honest people suddenly turn dishonest when they go into politics?
by kevin.howell4 years ago
What percentage of politicians would you say are honest?
by tonybeck7 years ago
Why does politics only seem to attract people that want to lord over us all and enslave us?Government handouts and other forms of "free" money are anti-human as they serve to demoralize the populace, make us...
by Grace Marguerite Williams3 years ago
Do you contend that politics is a game and that the average politician whether Republican orDemocrat cares nothing at all about his/her constituents but only his/her self-aggrandizement, celebrity, and next career move?
by RealityTalk4 years ago
Who is the most honest politician you have ever known & who is the most dishonestPoliticians make a lot of press & become the butt of many jokes for their lack of honest & ethics. So I thought...
by Charles James6 years ago
In another forum I had a discussion with Habee and others about why the political system throws up such a high proportion of undesireable people and so few good people.Any answers?
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