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Postby Witiland » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:16 pm

So ever since I learned the words politics it has always interested me. Now I started my interest in 2016, although I’ll admit I believed everything that everyone said ( I supported trump because my dad did). I would say I really got super interested a couple months ago. When the pandemic personally affected me (school was made all virtual and my parents got sick with it) and Trump failed to control the spread, I sudd rly found myself watching CNN and the Covid-19 briefings everyday. I think I’m so interested by politics mainly because I enjoy history and and I wanted to create my own history. Now possibly in the mid 2040s/ early 2050’s I want to run for president. Of course I will have at least 20 years of experience in the senate, and 4 years in college. So what do you think? Any advice or comments?
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Postby Farnhamia » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:26 pm

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Postby Torisakia » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:29 pm

Don't. You likely have too many brain cells to qualify anyway.
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Postby Albrenia » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:31 pm

I'd say try to remember your good intentions starting out should you ever make it into an elected office, but that's actually probably really BAD advice for anyone wanting to become President.

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Postby Gravlen » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:35 pm

Be born rich.
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Postby Senkaku » Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:05 pm

If you had a shot at the presidency, someone would've already told you (and stopped you from coming here)
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Postby Postauthoritarian America » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:23 pm

Get involved with your local branch of either the Democratic or, if you're an authoritarian fascist asshole, the Republican Party. Devote every waking hour of your life to it, volunteer at every opportunity, make large contributions to its candidates and causes. Run for office the first chance you get, no matter how insignificant. Cultivate the friendship and, more importantly, protection of people who can best help you advance in the party structure. Run for any higher office that opens, regardless of your chances of success. Your ultimate goal is a Senate seat or a Governorship and, because you'll need to be from some state, there are only three of those. As you advance, surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will as singlemindedly devote themselves to your advancement as you do, because their own advancement depends on yours. Attach yourself to wealthy donors and do anything and everything you can for them, you'll need their money and they'll need your favors. Learn to dissemble smoothy in front of TV cameras and radio microphones while appearing sincere. Kiss babies, tolerate bores, smile at people you despise, do anything and everything, remember the only important thing is your own advancement. Consider every request, every offer, every donation in terms of how it will advance you.

Then run. And try not to be too disappointed by your likely failure. It's a climb up a greasy pole and only a very few make it to the top.
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Postby Witiland » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:25 pm

Postauthoritarian America wrote:Get involved with your local branch of either the Democratic or, if you're an authoritarian fascist asshole, the Republican Party. Devote every waking hour of your life to it, volunteer at every opportunity, make large contributions to its candidates and causes. Run for office the first chance you get, no matter how insignificant. Cultivate the friendship and, more importantly, protection of people who can best help you advance in the party structure. Run for any higher office that opens, regardless of your chances of success. Your ultimate goal is a Senate seat or a Governorship and, because you'll need to be from some state, there are only three of those. As you advance, surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will as singlemindedly devote themselves to your advancement as you do, because their own advancement depends on yours. Attach yourself to wealthy donors and do anything and everything you can for them, you'll need their money and they'll need your favors. Learn to dissemble smoothy in front of TV cameras and radio microphones while appearing sincere. Kiss babies, tolerate bores, smile at people you despise, do anything and everything, remember the only important thing is your own advancement. Consider every request, every offer, every donation in terms of how it will advance you.

Then run. And try not to be too disappointed by your likely failure. It's a climb up a greasy pole and only a very few make it to the top.


Wow thanks for the actual good advice everybody taking this like a joke lol
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Postby Valrifell » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:27 pm

Gravlen wrote:Be born rich.


Alternatively, be lucky enough to one day count yourself among the, oh, let's say 15% of the population who accumulate enough spare capital to run for office one day.
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Postby Witiland » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:28 pm

Valrifell wrote:
Gravlen wrote:Be born rich.


Alternatively, be lucky enough to one day count yourself among the, oh, let's say 15% of the population who accumulate enough spare capital to run for office one day.



Well he’s kinda wrong yes be rich but you don’t have to be born into it. Look at Biden or some other presidents who were born into poverty or middle class
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Postby Bombadil » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:33 pm

If you're running as a Republican you really need a one syllable surname, any more is too much to handle. If Democrat you can get away with two syllables, Obama was special but it's basically been no more than two since Kennedy. To think there was once an Eisenhower..

Other than that, if you're a rich old white male you're in with a shot.
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Postby Sundiata » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:36 pm

Basically, campaign on things that poll well but make sure you've got a lot of money behind you. Billion dollar superPACS that pay for ads against your opponent, especially. When it comes to reliable donations, you'll definitely need backers with a lot of cash.
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Postby Nevertopia » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:38 pm

Farnhamia wrote:Stop posting here.


best advice for OP imho.
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Postby Witiland » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:42 pm

Nevertopia wrote:
Farnhamia wrote:Stop posting here.


best advice for OP imho.



Why did he say that though?
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Postby Valentine Z » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:45 pm

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for to do good is all we have to do! Have the right attitude, for you will be unstoppable; otherwise, nothing on Earth will help the man with the wrong attitude. Be confident, don't go for the money, inspire others to do more, as a leader. Acknowledge your shortcomings and errors along the way, you are never 100% right. Do a job, rather than explaining why you didn't. Take in stride an honourable defeat, rather than a dishonourable victory. If you don't like someone regardless of reasons, get to know them better. Have the right reasons, and if this is your first time at a job in politics, remember that every expert is once a beginner. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.

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Postby Postauthoritarian America » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:50 pm

Witiland wrote:
Postauthoritarian America wrote:Get involved with your local branch of either the Democratic or, if you're an authoritarian fascist asshole, the Republican Party. Devote every waking hour of your life to it, volunteer at every opportunity, make large contributions to its candidates and causes. Run for office the first chance you get, no matter how insignificant. Cultivate the friendship and, more importantly, protection of people who can best help you advance in the party structure. Run for any higher office that opens, regardless of your chances of success. Your ultimate goal is a Senate seat or a Governorship and, because you'll need to be from some state, there are only three of those. As you advance, surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will as singlemindedly devote themselves to your advancement as you do, because their own advancement depends on yours. Attach yourself to wealthy donors and do anything and everything you can for them, you'll need their money and they'll need your favors. Learn to dissemble smoothy in front of TV cameras and radio microphones while appearing sincere. Kiss babies, tolerate bores, smile at people you despise, do anything and everything, remember the only important thing is your own advancement. Consider every request, every offer, every donation in terms of how it will advance you.

Then run. And try not to be too disappointed by your likely failure. It's a climb up a greasy pole and only a very few make it to the top.


Wow thanks for the actual good advice everybody taking this like a joke lol


It's the kind of advice Lord Chesterfield gave to his son, the kind Samuel Johnson said taught the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing-master. If you're serious about wanting to be POTUS, or even vice-president of your local bank, you could do worse than read his Letters to his Son.
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Postby Jakker » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:54 pm

Postauthoritarian America wrote:Get involved with your local branch of either the Democratic or, if you're an authoritarian fascist asshole, the Republican Party


You know better than to refer to a group of people such as that. Given your history, take a *** 3-day ban for Trolling ***. This applies to you, the player, and not just this nation.
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Postby Nobel Hobos 2 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:27 pm

The usual paths (state office, US House, US Senate, President ... or state office in a major state, Governor, President) are very crowded with other talented and ambitious people. Who will kneecap you at the first opportunity.

In the future, a distinguished career elsewhere but politics might give you a better chance. Since that's a "wider path" you won't cross swords with so many aspiring politicians. On the other hand, becoming distinguished by age 40 or so, in Law, Medicine, IT or Science, would require unusual talent on your part, masses of hard work and no family or partying. Then you run for Governor (doesn't have to be a major state in this scenario, but not a minnow state), serve AT LEAST one term, then get in the Presidential Primaries for your chosen party.

A distinguished early career outside politics does imply going to college. If you have parental support (and seriously, consider still living with parents: it saves a lot of money and girls/boys won't be such a distraction) or you're prepared to take a massive loan, you might also be able to run for minor local or state offices while studying. This isn't for your Presidential resume so much, it gets you in good with your party.

One thing I'm not so sure about the US, but here in Australia practically every senior politician started with their party when they were still in school. There's a youth branch of every party: you should join that if you haven't already. Even decades in the future, you will win supporters early in the primary process, among obscure party officials and volunteers, who are impressed by nothing so much as Loyalty to the Party. "I could be like that one day" they think. So much better than "who is this person with their degree and their millions of bucks, what are they even doing in my party".

The trick is to seem like an insider, to your fellow party members. But seem like an outsider to the general voters. Just joining the youth branch is one small thing you can do now which will pay off big in the future. I didn't do it myself, but only because I couldn't pick a party!
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Postby Alcala-Cordel » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:05 pm

If you're not bourgeois, devote your life to climbing the political ladder by acting like a billionaire sycophant. Go to law school, then work your way up to the big leagues through local elected positions. Given this and a whole lotta PR you miiiiiiiight have a shot at being president. Also, abandon your morals.

You seem like a good person. Please do not follow any of the above steps, there are ways to become politically active without betraying your morals.
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Postby Bombadil » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:10 pm

Witiland wrote:
Postauthoritarian America wrote:Get involved with your local branch of either the Democratic or, if you're an authoritarian fascist asshole, the Republican Party. Devote every waking hour of your life to it, volunteer at every opportunity, make large contributions to its candidates and causes. Run for office the first chance you get, no matter how insignificant. Cultivate the friendship and, more importantly, protection of people who can best help you advance in the party structure. Run for any higher office that opens, regardless of your chances of success. Your ultimate goal is a Senate seat or a Governorship and, because you'll need to be from some state, there are only three of those. As you advance, surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will as singlemindedly devote themselves to your advancement as you do, because their own advancement depends on yours. Attach yourself to wealthy donors and do anything and everything you can for them, you'll need their money and they'll need your favors. Learn to dissemble smoothy in front of TV cameras and radio microphones while appearing sincere. Kiss babies, tolerate bores, smile at people you despise, do anything and everything, remember the only important thing is your own advancement. Consider every request, every offer, every donation in terms of how it will advance you.

Then run. And try not to be too disappointed by your likely failure. It's a climb up a greasy pole and only a very few make it to the top.


Wow thanks for the actual good advice everybody taking this like a joke lol


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