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In These Toxic Times, Why Does Anyone Run For Public Office?

Despite the best of intentions when they first assume office, many politicians run afoul in a number of ways.

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Why does anyone choose to serve in government when today’s political environment is so toxic? Most people, presumably, run for office to achieve one or more goals. These could include serving the public good, achieving fame and positive notoriety, and obtaining more personal power.

Especially at the county and local level, some individuals run for elected office with a primary goal of becoming more widely known, as opposed to merely getting elected. City managers, attorneys, accountants, bankers, entrepreneurs, and service providers who’ve run for office have long since discovered that campaigning, in and of itself, is a viable path to public relations and promotion.

With a Cause in Mind

Some individuals run for U.S. Congress with a specific cause in mind. Even in those cases, progress towards other goals is still a factor. It’s certainly acceptable both to serve a constituency and to gain some recognition – two goals that contemporary professionals often pursue.

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With even the best of intentions when they first assume office, many politicians can run afoul in a number of ways. Three insidious traps, among many others, include cronyism, profiting from insider knowledge, and capitulating to the mainstream press. Let’s look at each of these three traps.

Cronyism

Suppose you’re newly elected to Congress. You want to do well. You want to ensure that your constituency is represented to the utmost degree. Many people along the way, undoubtedly, have helped you. And, that is where temptation lies. Certain individuals might ask for favors. Or, you will feel indebted to some people, even if they haven’t asked for favors.

When the opportunity arises to award a contract or benefit a vendor, the natural propensity of human beings is to favor who they know, who they like, or who those with whom they are familiar. Thus, objective criteria might suffer, such as, ‘Who can do the best job?’ Who has submitted the best proposal? Who has a proven track record? And, who can we absolutely rely upon time and time again?

Throughout U.S. history, from newly elected state senators to presidents, reliance upon cronies has come back to haunt politicians. This was the case with Presidents Jackson, Grant, Harding, Hoover, Johnson, Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama, among others. Critics will claim that Trump belongs on the list, but hardly so by historical comparison, whereas Biden already is a prime candidate

Profiting from Insider Knowledge

Politicians are continually privy to information that the rest of the population is not. They learn about impending trade deals, state or regional economic plans, and international relations. Politicians and public figures must tread carefully: How one and one’s family benefits, as a result of the insider knowledge, invariably becomes public at some point.

Two contemporary politicians, exposed by the same investigative author, have so egregiously flouted the norms of the respective positions, one wonders why they are still held in high esteem. Hillary Clinton, as U.S. Secretary of State, unceasingly traded on her position to bolster the finances of the Clinton Foundation and of her family. This has been exhaustively documented in the book, Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer.

Another politician, and four members of his family, has benefitted extensively over several decades from insider knowledge and influence peddling. His name is Joe Biden. Profiles in Corruption, also by Peter Schweizer, documents how the Biden family has profited enormously during Joe’s 48 years in Washington. Whether you’re on the Left or the Right, it is difficult to find fault with Schweizer’s sources and conclusions.

Capitulating to the Mainstream Press

Politicians and public figures lose their way via capitulation to the mainstream press. Our society is over-saturated by media. From the day each person runs for office, the left-leaning mainstream media hounds politicians and government officials on the right. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), perhaps always a RINO, is chief among GOP politicians who constantly capitulate to the Left-wing press.

John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, is another example. Roberts’ conservative views increasingly have been moderated over the years as a result of the relentless pounding he endures from The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, and numerous other media outlets. Steadfast and determined individuals, committed to their legal philosophies, such as Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, do not succumb to the constant pressure of the press.

Can politicians and public figures on the Left be unduly influenced by media outlets on the right? Perhaps, but it rarely happens. The Right doesn’t enjoy the massive media clout that the Left has enjoyed for more than 125 years. And the Left, which once subtly enforced a strict code of ideological compliance, is not so subtle anymore.

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A Socio-Political View of Today’s High Profile Cases | Schaftlein Report

Guest: Dr. Carole Lieberman – Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness

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A Socio-Political View of Today’s High Profile Cases | Schaftlein Report
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Guest: Dr. Carole Lieberman – Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness
Topics:
1) A Post Trial Analysis of the Rittenhouse Case – Why the jury got it right and the media got it wrong
*What the judge, jury and defendant will go through post trial
2) The Non-Event Diplomatic Boycott of the Chinese Hosting the Winter Olympics – China laughs it off – No change in Sponsorship
*Why is Biden doing this other than moral support for those in forced labor in China?
3) Why are some members of the Media blaming the Media for Biden’s poor polling numbers?
4) Biden and Putin Speak had Video Conference over rising Ukraine tensions – Biden’s credibility on the line as Russia faced nominal problems after it annexed Crimea – Economic Sanctions Warning?
5) White Suburban Women shifting toward Republicans, reversing the trend in Virginia Elections aftermath
6) Just 22% of Voters want Biden to run in 2024 – Harris is at 12%

https://rumble.com/embed/vnrod2/?pub=4 A Socio-Political View of Today’s High Profile Cases | Schaftlein Report —————– Guest: Dr. Carole Lieberman – Forensic Psychiatrist and Expert Witness Topics: 1) A Post Trial Analysis of the Rittenhouse Case – Why the jury got it right and the media got it wrong *What the judge, jury and defendant will go through post trial 2) The Non-Event Diplomatic Boycott of the Chinese Hosting the Winter Olympics – China laughs it off – No change in Sponsorship *Why is Biden doing this other than moral support for those in forced labor in China? 3) Why are some members of the Media blaming the Media for Biden’s poor polling numbers? 4) Biden and Putin Speak had Video Conference over rising Ukraine tensions – Biden’s credibility on the line as Russia faced nominal problems after it annexed Crimea – Economic Sanctions Warning? 5) White Suburban Women shifting toward Republicans, reversing the trend in Virginia Elections aftermath 6) Just 22% of Voters want Biden to run in 2024 – Harris is at 12%

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Polling Shows Abysmal Support for Biden Reelection…Among Democrats

The numbers are simply staggering.

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US President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are abysmal.  They’re so terrible, in fact, that the White House really has no way of denying it any longer.  Instead, they’ve turned to a strategy of simply suggesting that Biden will run for reelection again, essentially putting off all of the controversy until the voters have a chance to chime in.

It’s a slick trick, that’s for sure, but the latest polling among Democrats now shows why this is a terrible idea.

Just over one-third of Democrats want to see President Joe Biden as the candidate on the 2024 Democrat presidential ticket, an I&I/TIPP poll released Monday found.

The survey asked respondents, “Who do you want to see run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2024?”

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Overall, 22 percent said Biden, followed by 12 percent who said Vice President Kamala Harris, four percent who said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and three percent who said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The remaining potential candidates garnered two percent support or less. Thirty-one percent, overall, say they are unsure.

It gets worse…

Even among Democrats, specifically, Biden fails to see overwhelming support, as only 37 percent say they want to see him run again on the Democrat ticket in the next presidential election cycle. Another 16 percent of Democrats chose Harris, and 13 percent, overall, remain unsure.

37 percent of independents say they are “not sure” who they want to see run on the Democrat ticket, but only eight percent say it should be Biden.

And then, in a troubling blow to Biden’s perceived ability to snatch up votes in the political middle, only 8% of independents said that they were in favor of Biden running again.

US President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are abysmal.  They’re so terrible, in fact, that the White House really has no way of denying it any longer.  Instead, they’ve turned to a strategy of simply suggesting that Biden will run for reelection again, essentially putting off all of the controversy until the voters have a chance to chime in. It’s a slick trick, that’s for sure, but the latest polling among Democrats now shows why this is a terrible idea. Just over one-third of Democrats want to see President Joe Biden as the candidate on the 2024 Democrat presidential ticket, an I&I/TIPP poll released Monday found. The survey asked respondents, “Who do you want to see run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2024?” Overall, 22 percent said Biden, followed by 12 percent who said Vice President Kamala Harris, four percent who said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and three percent who said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The remaining potential candidates garnered two percent support or less. Thirty-one percent, overall, say they are unsure. It gets worse… Even among Democrats, specifically, Biden fails to see overwhelming support, as only 37 percent say they want to see him run again on the Democrat ticket in the next presidential election cycle. Another 16 percent of Democrats chose Harris, and 13 percent, overall, remain unsure. 37 percent of independents say they are “not sure” who they want to see run on the Democrat ticket, but only eight percent say it should be Biden. And then, in a troubling blow to Biden’s perceived ability to snatch up votes in the political middle, only 8% of independents said that they were in favor of Biden running again.

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