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Qualities necessary to be a good lawmaker

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1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 6:55:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Roy Moore thing has me wondering... What qualities are you looking for in a lawmaker? In other words, aside from political positions, what personal qualities matter?
1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 7:06:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not being a child molester is pretty high on my list.

Also (and this is especially true for house reps and state/local politicians): be accessible. My current rep hasn't held a town hall since he's been elected, as far as I know (and I would know). That's been seven years now. And the people I know who have to be in contact with their reps because of dealing with regulations and things like that have said there is a marked difference between this rep and the last one (and a lot of them are even in the same political party as he is, so it's not a partisan thing). They say they can hardly get him to respond to their inquiries even after bugging his office a lot, where the last guy would go out of his way to make himself available and schedule meetings.
1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 7:09:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh also: don't always be looking toward the next office you want to hold. Do the job you have; don't just do things that will help you get to the next rung on the ladder.
That's a big issue with local and state house reps, especially around here. They get to the state house (which is in a part of the state that's several hours away and also doesn't have the same priorities we do here) and forget they're supposed to be working for the people of THIS district.
1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 7:28:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I totally agree about doing the job you've been elected to do not to do what you think will get you reelected.

Also going to add moral courage... As in the courage to do the right thing even if it is not popular.
1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 8:34:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I prefer them to be irreligious.
1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 9:40:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
good communicator
trustworthy/honest
warmth
perseverance
humble/unselfish (know that they work for the people not the other way around)

1 month ago - Thursday 11/30/17 - 9:45:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Integrity

Honesty

A spine

Faithful- to their word, their family, to their promises

Dosen't own a dog whistle

1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 10:44:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/30/17 - 6:55:26 PM Spoonerism wrote:
The Roy Moore thing has me wondering... What qualities are you looking for in a lawmaker? In other words, aside from political positions, what personal qualities matter?


someone who is open, honest, and listens to the people. someone who can't be bought. while i don't agree with many of his policies, i think bernie sanders is a good example of this.
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 11:25:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Someone who abides by the law, but isn't a Javert.
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:23:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Intelligent
Thoughtful
Well spoken
Well read
Brave (Isn't afraid to go against popular opinion)
Good negotiator
Hard working
Ethical

1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:33:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Willing to work across the aisle
Accessible
Principled, but not overly ridged
History of service (military, community [not court mandated])
Unbeholden to lobbies ( fat chance I know)
Not perfect ( or falsely putting on an air of perfection)
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:43:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Young
Asian
Female
Left Handed
Wealthy
Child or grandchild of immigrants
Experienced business executive
Not overly partisan
Ambitious- - always looking toward the next office they want to hold

1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 12:59:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Knowing the law to reduce redundant and useless laws that waste tax payers money.
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:00:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Cowdungs going to find his candidates on Craigslist.
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:02:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I want large social programs that are paid for by reductions in waste , fraud, abuse, and inefficiencies.
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:02:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
a badass helmet that they never take off
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 1:07:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/1/17 - 1:02:28 PM skyfish wrote:
a badass helmet that they never take off

Sometimes I really am so jealous of your politics.
1 month ago - Friday 12/1/17 - 2:07:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe I'll add 'sentient robot' to my list...
1 month ago - Sunday 12/3/17 - 8:30:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
When I first saw this thread I thought it said lawnmower.........................and I thought, you don't need special qualities, just good equipment.
1 month ago - Sunday 12/3/17 - 9:31:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like it when they spend every waking hour proving they can still drill holes in their head.
1 month ago - Monday 12/4/17 - 12:56:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 12/3/17 - 8:30:40 PM michrich wrote:
When I first saw this thread I thought it said lawnmower.........................and I thought, you don't need special qualities, just good equipment.

HA!
1 month ago - Monday 12/4/17 - 1:05:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 12/3/17 - 8:30:40 PM michrich wrote:
When I first saw this thread I thought it said lawnmower.........................and I thought, you don't need special qualities, just good equipment.


Having good equipment (and showing it off) tends to be the downfall of many politicians...
1 month ago - Monday 12/4/17 - 1:49:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Especially when they think it appropriate to show that equipment to underage girls.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/7/17 - 8:33:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
i'd like to add someone who keeps their promises. action speaks louder than words. i hope we get back to that criteria.



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