Democracy serves as the fundamental key to many of things that you do each and every day ranging from healthcare, security issues and of course not forgetting even the vacations that you and your family are planning to take among many other controversial issues that may affect you.
Statistics show that most Americans these days -especially the youths, do not give a damn on to whether they will or not participate in elections.
This is according to research done at Harvard University regarding the lack of faith towards democracy making the youth jaded towards the government. Take CAUTION- being ignorant of your rights comes with a price. It doesn’t matter your age, participation in elections is MUST. In order for you to determine the legit of the candidate here are 7 step-by-step questions that you should ask your candidates before electing them.
1. Understanding the constitution.
I will begin by asking you, have read your constitution? Well, I don’t really care what your answer is. One thing I will advise you is to refresh yourself on some of the key areas that are enshrined in our constitution. eligible candidates should have a wide range of knowledge on what is contained in the constitution, they should be able to explain to you how they will promote and protect the rights of each citizen.
Let me make this point clear-a good leader will focus on equality and opportunity for each and every citizen.
2. Purpose while on service.
Thoughts are things that can show you much about a person. Great minds from histories came to a unanimous agreement- WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT, keep in mind that am not trying to imply that everyone who promises heaven is always right guy, what am trying to say to you is that you have to talk to your possible candidate in order for you to understand their point of view before even proceeding to the next question.
3.What to keep and what to abort
We live in a government that has been built by wise men. Your leader or candidate should be easy to answer some of the things that he/she will keep while at the office and some of the things that they think would be better if removed and new interventions put in place.
Let me put this point clear though- based on the previous questions, you will be able to gauge whether this person really stands in the path they previously mentioned or are they simply trying to make up stories -only for the sake.
4.The present condition of state affairs
There is a saying that goes by- first, know where you are and two, where you are going. If you take seriously this statement and think about it, then it should have come to your mind right now that it’s worth it challenging your leader with questions on the achievements and progress that the government has made so far. It would be a waste of votes if we give somebody an opportunity to serve us and does not understand and recognize how leaders in the past have worked so hard to bring us where we are now.
5. What decision can they make to improve state affairs given an opportunity?
This is the most important stage that will ultimately and almost determine who you are going to elect whether it be a local, mid-term or even general election.
Candidates whose objectives are direct to the point and be able to express themselves well can have their way here.
6. General view on controversial issues
You can ask your leader on issues such as their take on education, immigrant’s policies and how they should be handled, Health for all – and most importantly how universal healthcare can be extended to the poor and those that are handicapped.
You can make your points based on what they give you.
7. Are they able and willing?
A leader who is good enough to get his/her way should come out clearly and defend themselves as to why they really think they deserve to lead.
At this stage confidence is key. If you realize that your leader qualifies all these steps, then I think you can consider them as legit. I hope you use your time well this time before you cast your vote.