Originally posted by photobug
How about Lincoln living in a one bedroom cabin writing on a shovel with a piece of coal so he could become something better one day?
While I am familiar with the log cabin, I have never heard the bit about him using coal and a shovel to practice writing. Those sorts of details, to
me, sound like the work of a high school history text book writer. Though, I may be completely wrong, I have read enough to understand that such
stories often have no basis in reality.
I will not discourage you from attempting to become President. In fact, I think it is great that there are ordinary citizens, like yourself, with the
ambition to do so. And now, with how easy it is to exchange information and where ordinary people now have an outlet to make names for themselves, it
will probably start moving more toward the direction of having more common people and independents that are taken seriously as Presidential
candidates. That's my prediction, simply because people no longer have to, or choose to, rely on the corporate-sponsored mainstream media to tell
them who matters. While these new outlets make it easier for people to make a name for themselves, do not let that undermine the amount of effort it
will take. Also, keep in mind that broadcast publicity is no substitute for in person events, getting out there and actually shaking people's hands.
Know you must be willing to go all in, committed to putting everything else aside to work toward such a goal.
My recommendations are fairly straight forward, and I am assuming you have a background which demonstrates successful leadership. You need to
establish where you stand on every issue imaginable and you must be an exceptional speaker. People demand to know where a candidate stands on issues
important to them. You will need lots of help with this. So, naturally, you will need, for lack of a better term, a "street team", those that are
willing to put in huge amounts of time, just as committed as you are to getting you elected. Preferably, you could capture the attention and support
of celebrities who are willing, and able, to be vocal about their support for you. And no matter how grassroots an internet-candidate may be, you will
need financial backing. Obviously, it would be ideal to have a few large sum contributors who really believe in what you are trying to do. However, at
the very least, many small monetary donations may be all you are afforded. Finally, you must be able to play hardball. You'll be dealing with some of
the most ruthless people there are.
So, obviously this is not a complete checklist, and I'm certainly no political expert, but hopefully some of these suggestions may help you when
considering your strategy. And definitely good luck to you. Heck, maybe I'll even vote for you... we'll just have to see how you stack up...
[edit on 2007/9/7 by evilod]