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Thoughts on starting out in Congress

Day 1,938, 13:13 by Clint Carmel

(I posted this on the forum, but not everyone reads the forum, so I'm reposting it here.)

John J. "Scarecrow" Sheridan wrote:
"I do have a question what are the traits that you need to become a good congressmen or congresswoman?"

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I can answer this from my perspective. I myself am not yet a good congressman. (I am an even worse Congresswoman. :( ) But I can already see which of my colleagues are doing a good job and which aren't.

1) So first of all, you need to be willing to follow orders. Even in real life, many members of Congress are expected to vote the Party line. You can do everything else on this list great, but if you don't follow orders-- and your conscience-- and thus end up voting the AFA way, you will never get a 2nd term. (As the AFA exists only to PTO and weaken the eUSA.) So vote in the best interests of the eUSA!

2) You need to show up. Sign in when requested, vote when requested. Participate in the eusaforums. Be in the various #congress channels.

3) Show some decorum. This doesn't mean etiquette. It doesn't mean brown-nosing. It doesn't mean acting like a buck private in the military and saying 'sir' and 'yes ma'am!' and stuff. Just don't vent your spleen.

4) Know the issues. This is the area I'm delinquent in and why I don't consider myself a good congressman. I know current events as well as can be expected, but there are underlying "issues" that people have based on what other people did to them 5 years ago that tinge way too much of eUSA policy.

5) Be positive and optimistic, like Bacon! Not everyone in Congress is proud and horny, and sometimes you will read a thread that's just a whine-fest. At this point it's important to post a picture of an Otter. This reminds people that they are acting like brats, and they get back on track. :)

 

Comments

olivermellors
olivermellors Day 1,938, 14:03

how about an additional quality: " keeps ordinary players informed of what is going on" (and whose orders he is following?)

Clint Carmel
Clint Carmel Day 1,938, 17:39

I did in fact post my voting record a few days back, and everyone told me it was common knowledge anyway. I've been told that there is nothing going on that wasn't going on in February, or in 2012

But if you're genuinely not trolling, then the answer is 'following the orders of The Whip.

John Largo
John Largo Day 1,938, 18:47

don't give up your congress reporting...someone has to let the population know what is going on each month.

Dalan Di Celes
Dalan Di Celes Day 1,938, 19:03

Not everyone. Just because it is common knowledge to most doesn't mean it is common knowledge to all, especially new players. Though I know how to find it, I didn't always. Please post it again some time.

olivermellors
olivermellors Day 1,938, 19:44

I don't troll Clint. I actually think keeping us informed is a great virtue in a congressman and should be added to your list. There are lots of things to tell ordinary citizens beyond what you voted for and who told you to. The proactive congressman could even ask the general populace for input on matters of general policy. That would start a discussion. Discussions are usually good. I know you are a good writer and therefore harbour a certain optimism. I don't troll in that harbour . kind regards

Vesko Petkov
Vesko Petkov Day 1,938, 15:11

In eBulgaria the congress members are voting however they want, I mean no orders from the parties. But of course a congress member needs to know what is going on in the eWorld, if not, he's gonna have problems. As a conclusion I wanna say that the congress doesn't have so much power, all is government, other is formal ..

Vesko Petkov
Vesko Petkov Day 1,938, 15:13

Of course the morals of your party are important. You are in the congress so you present your party and its values. The respect and the honor are the key

ligtreb
ligtreb Day 1,938, 17:05

These are good thoughts overall, and glad you're keeping the public informed.

Other than the Speaker of the House vote though, I haven't seen many party-line votes in Congress I can remember. Any specific ones that come to mind that I'm forgetting?

Clint Carmel
Clint Carmel Day 1,938, 17:42

No, these are just general thoughts to tell someone what appears to be expected of a Unity congressman. I'd be quite pleased to read an article from the perspective of one from the AFA or one from another country.

ligtreb
ligtreb Day 1,938, 17:43

Oh, I get it now. That makes sense.

Thedillpickl
Thedillpickl Day 1,938, 19:16

Good tips. :~)

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,939, 06:54

I know you recently switched parties. Are you still grouped up with WTP Congressmen?

(like you have a party whip and party discussions n junk)

Just curious. Could probably ask you this elsewhere lol

weasel2
weasel2 Day 1,939, 16:14

Isn't Clint talking about the Congressional whip, assistant to the Speaker?

weasel2
weasel2 Day 1,939, 16:16

poacher

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,940, 06:38

pffft he came to us. Don't be jelly.

Hale26
Hale26 Day 1,940, 15:28

Aye, Clint left on his own accord. No poaching or anything involved.
Naturally, wish him luck in the Feds.

And fg, weasel isn't "jelly" -.-. Just thought you took him is all.

weasel2
weasel2 Day 1,940, 15:31

I am totally jelly

Thedillpickl
Thedillpickl Day 1,940, 12:32

What's a Congressional Whip? :D

 
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