WASHINGTON, April 12, 2015 − In fairness, Hillary Clinton and the to-be-determined Republican presidential candidate probably do not have to worry.
Nonetheless, regardless of your political position or even if you do not have a position, I can assure you that your vote for me can be made with complete confidence that there is nothing in my background that involves any ethics violations or issues.
I must start by confessing that I am not well qualified for this job when compared to the many candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring over the last several decades.
To begin, many of them, like me, had a legal education. I use what I learned a bit differently from many of them. A legal education teaches the student how to think critically, how to distinguish facts and how to apply those facts to the law in order to make a persuasive argument. Many of the candidates used those new “how to persuade” skills to help themselves as they followed moral compasses that veered a bit south.
When they went out into the world and found that they needed help and favors to get elected to lesser offices, those skills paid off. They were often convincing during their stump speeches (to many of those who would vote, anyway) in the face of clear “evidence” contrary to their argument.
Despite my legal education, despite my ability to convince by deploying my learned oral wizardry and despite my willingness to fight for my clients, I can proudly say I still know right from wrong and I will not take a position that simply is wrong. So my profile here may disqualify me from running.
I do support the right of criminals to have a vigorous criminal defense even if these alleged perps are “guilty.” This is another discussion and has nothing to do with integrity.
I might be somewhat qualified to run for office, however. I have a good understanding of domestic issues and problems and a moderate understanding of various issues and problems abroad. Even so, my limited knowledge of matters abroad should not pose too much of a problem. After all, some of our presidents learned foreign policy “on the fly.”
Hmmm, upon reflection, I am actually similar to many prior candidates. I have an open mind on all sides of all issues, unless you disagree with me.
I know how to budget, and I am willing to involve the government in both borrowing and lending money. I am an attorney, again, so remember, if some business or country does not pay us back, I know how to sue them. Conversely, my knowledge of the law can help us delay if the government gets into a bit of a quandary about paying its debts.
I am going to run because it will further my legal career. I will get to meet many influential people. I will get a great deal of press and free publicity, and I will not ever have to bring up that I handle injury-type cases, because, certainly, reporters will ask me what types of cases I handle. No need for me to run ads like “if you’ve been in an accident…”
I am going to run because I will get my name in front of potential supporters and future clients. I will get to sharpen my speaking and networking skills. For the rest of my life, my resume will include that I was a presidential candidate, making me more attractive to the set of potential new clients who will be impressed by my meaningless credentials.
If you want to work on my campaign, though, you must meet some stringent qualifications. You must have the ability to work for free, and you must have little or no talent or willingness to work hard. I do not want to deprive the world of your talents while you would be wasting away in the futile effort of assisting my campaign.
I’m sure I will not win. In fact, I do not want to win. If, on election night, I am even close, I will withdraw. I do not want to take a pay cut. I do not want to sell my soul. I will get to talk to the elected president to concede defeat and to congratulate her.
I have, truly, really, applied for a position on a local government board. If appointed I will be able to bring some of my experience and perspective to the local community, and I believe, certainly I hope, my involvement will make a difference.
You should should consider running for a local office, too. It requires passion and a belief that you can make a difference in your community. You will get all of the benefits I described above, including getting to go to a great many dinners where the mystery meat is usually chicken.
You may be truly well qualified, and you will not have to sacrifice your integrity. In fact, depending upon whom you get to run your campaign, your values and your honesty may well be publicized properly and will be the thing that gets you elected.
You can make a difference locally. You later can put your position on your resume and it will have real after-your-term-ends value. People in the community will know you better, and truly, those connections will serve you well both in business and in your personal life. Your reputation will soon be worth its weight in gold.
In America, there are hundreds, probably thousands of things about national and even state-level politics that most of us do not know and about which many of us do not care. While national and state policies do affect us, probably most of us for many and varied reasons do not want to enter the fray by getting involved on the highest political level.
Locally, however, there are things that also affect our lives on a daily basis, and it is on the local scene that the average person can actually influence lives.
The season of elections is already upon us, and candidate announcements have already begun to pick up. Consider becoming involved. If you are not candidate material or interested in becomng an elected official, work on a campaign and then become a committee member, even if your candidate is not elected. Your community needs you, and you will be better off for being involved.
The number one thing you can do to become a success is to help people. Being involved publicly or behind the scenes fulfills that goal.
But no matter what you do, vote. Voting locally affects you, your family and your neighborhood.
Paul A. Samakow is an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia, and has been practicing since 1980. He represents injury victims and routinely battles insurance companies and big businesses that will not accept full responsibility for the harms and losses they cause. He can be reached at any time by calling 1-866-SAMAKOW (1-866-726-2569), via email, or through his website.
His new book “Who Will Pay My Auto Accident Bills?, The Most Comprehensive Nationwide Auto Accident Resolution Book, Ever” can be reviewed on http://www.completeaccidentbook.com and can be ordered there, or obtained directly on Amazon: Click here to order
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