How to run a winning campaign... in any democracy.
As the elections come to a close in my nation... The politicians of the future, are building their campaign for 2014, and 2016. Most of them, already hold office, and simply want a larger one, so they will spend most of their time, meeting with people who can help them accomplish that goal, and crafting a series of platforms, positions, and arguments for and against legislation already on the docket, in a way that will appeal to the largest number of voters in their district.
Some will also write legislation, and attempt to make changes, through governance... but for the most part, this is the accepted way of gaining popularity, and moving into a higher position of power... I propose a different way.
You wish to be elected to the United States Congress, in your district, and you promise to do x, y, and z… Well… Who’s stopping you? You want a better local education system… What’s your model? Build a school. When it works better, then maybe I’ll trust you to fix education. You want to be head of the water board… Well, what are they doing wrong? Do you have a well? How do you filter your water? How many people in the community does it serve?
The campaign of the future... Should be perpetual. If you want to hold office in 2014, your quest should begin now. Create a volunteer network, designed around creating a stronger connection between citizens in your district, fixing problems, not when you get elected... NOW. Your network will not cold call, or buy advertising, it will inspire citizens to take action fixing broken aspects of their community.
How? You create a charity organization, or super pac, I know I hate them too. A charity infused with your political platform, which you use to fund raise, and solve problems in the area you wish to govern. The only advertising you do, is on the ground helping people, fixing problems, and creating social work jobs, in the district you wish to govern. Then try to stop people from voting for you.