Last night on eAMPR, we touched on a lot of topics. We happened to have Jefferson Locke on air, one of the candidates for next month's CP race, and I think we managed to cover quite a few things that people may be interested in regarding his candidacy.
One of the worries that people seem to have as far as his eligibility for the position of CP is a relative lack of experience.
Now it's obvious that I, myself, don't really have the experience necessary to accurately judge what a CP needs to be successful. I've been here two and a half months now, but I've seen a lot, and I can theorize a bit on things that work and things that don't.
In my mind, there is a fine line between too much and too little experience. A person with not enough experience won't be able to accurately judge the best routes to take in the many difficult decisions that a CP has to make. S/he may make snap decisions without truly considering all the possibilities, or may not realize the consequences of the decisions s/he must make. The decisions that a CP has to make can impact many different aspects of the country, whether it be military, economic, or legislative. The person who wins CP should be able to see all the possibilities and how they are affected by these decisions, but shouldn't be too inexperienced to become overwhelmed or confused by the complexity of impact.
A person with a lot of experience, however, has something else to worry about. People with a lot of knowledge can sometimes become overconfident in their abilities. The moment someone thinks they know better than anyone else is the moment they become complacent. Complacency has no place in our current state of affairs: one moment of lassitude could result in a success by the PTOers that none of us want to gain a foothold in our national policies.
Experience can be a strength, but only if the person with experience is wise enough and has enough humility to know that they still need help, and need to consult with others on issues they either aren't as well-versed in, or that impact areas of the national welfare that they may not have considered.
I would like to say again that while I'm a relatively new player, I can guess the sorts of things that are important for a CP at this time. What we need is someone who won't slip into complacency, someone who is willing to ask for help or advice when necessary, and someone who will always always work hard to make sure their decisions are going to result in the best outcome for our country.
I think Jefferson Locke has these characteristics. He is intelligent, hard working, and has thus far surrounded himself with people who, if he needs their advice, are willing and more than able to give it. He knows where his weaknesses lie and will work with people whose strengths balance those out to make sure the best decisions are made for our country. He has the strengths necessary for leadership I outlined in my last article: the ability to see the viability of ideas and the clear-headedness to not become disenfranchised with other players based on their actions in game. He will show respect to his opponents who deserve it, and will listen to opposing views to make sure that he proceeds in policy in a way that best benefits the majority of the nation.
This is all coming from a new player, but I believe that Jefferson Locke will make a strong, successful CP. And that's why I say, for next month, JLO4CP!
If you haven't listened to the show last night, you should check it out here. A lot of things were covered that I haven't managed to discuss here, and you can hear firsthand JLo's views on a few things. We'll also have a show tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th, at 18:00 eRep.
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