View Poll Results: Your political involvement

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  • Have served in public office in the past.

    2 5.26%
  • Am in public office right now.

    1 2.63%
  • Running for public office.

    0 0%
  • Considering or wanting to run for office.

    3 7.89%
  • I work for elected officials or some high ranking government job.

    6 15.79%
  • I help out with campaigns.

    18 47.37%
  • I have no intention of running for office.

    16 42.11%
  • I'm not sure

    0 0%
  • Other (Please explain)

    9 23.68%
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    Re: Your political involvement

    I'm not partisan and I have no intention of helping any political party with their campaign and I have no intention of running for any office. Then again, I'm just 24.

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    Re: Your political involvement

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I'm not partisan and I have no intention of helping any political party with their campaign and I have no intention of running for any office. Then again, I'm just 24.
    What does interest you with politics then?

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    Re: Your political involvement

    What about "I ran for an elected office but lost." That's a common experience. Why "high-ranking government jobs"? Do you mean political appointments?

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    Re: Your political involvement

    Other, I vote.
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Re: Your political involvement

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    What does interest you with politics then?
    Voting for the least ****ty people and hope they aren't screw-ups.

    So that's why I pay attention.
    I am not partisan and I'm not looking to join a party. I'm not looking to advertise for a party and I'm not looking to run for an office.

    Generally, I want the people who I vote in power to do a good enough job so that they don't screw up my life so that I can actually achieve something that is actually worthwhile.

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    Re: Your political involvement

    Grass roots for me. Community based projects run by the community, for the benefit of the community. Our biggest project to date is the installation of a children's play area. This year we won funding for an area near the park to have benches etc. We use our elected officials to our benefit. I call this kind of stuff 'real politics'.

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    Re: Your political involvement

    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    Grass roots for me. Community based projects run by the community, for the benefit of the community. Our biggest project to date is the installation of a children's play area. This year we won funding for an area near the park to have benches etc. We use our elected officials to our benefit. I call this kind of stuff 'real politics'.

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    I think "politics" suggests some degree of conflict among those grappling for power. What you're talking about is 'real civic engagement,' which is different, and in the grand scheme of things probably more important. On the local level I think of it more as governance and community involvement. I am a big supporter of people being most involved and passionate about their communities, states and regions, and less obsessed by national media and national politics and associated entertainment.

    FYI my answer was "high ranking government job" because it came closest.

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    Re: Your political involvement

    I just semi-retired this year. I'm a cement mason. And a lot of guys in the union are pressuring me to run for union office, a necessarily political position. But I don't want to. My wife and I have a baby on the way and right now I want to save my time for our baby. Maybe in a few years I'll run for office, and with all the union has done for me I sort of feel obligated to do so. Just not right now.

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    Re: Your political involvement

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    I think "politics" suggests some degree of conflict among those grappling for power. What you're talking about is 'real civic engagement,' which is different, and in the grand scheme of things probably more important. On the local level I think of it more as governance and community involvement. I am a big supporter of people being most involved and passionate about their communities, states and regions, and less obsessed by national media and national politics and associated entertainment.

    FYI my answer was "high ranking government job" because it came closest.
    What I've found surprising is how our group, because of the sizeable amount of support, gets a lot of engagement from councillors and those with control over the purse strings. So is this not a form of 'grappling for power'? Of course, not in the conventional adversarial sense. Our main achievement to-date was to enter a 'bidding war' with like minded community groups, where by we put forward the best case and won £60.000 up-grade to our community park.

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