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How to Join Politics in USA as a Foreigner

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How to Join Politics in USA as a Foreigner.

How to Join Politics in USA as a Foreigner… The United States of America is a federal republic in which the President, Congress, and federal courts share powers kept to the national government, according to its Constitution. The federal government portions sovereignty with the state governments.

Politics in USA as a Foreigner

How to Join Politics in USA as a Foreigner

The executive branch is controlled by the President and is formally independent of both the legislature and the judiciary. The cabinet serves as a set of consultants to the President. They comprise of the Vice President and heads of the executive departments.

Legislative power is entrusted in the two chambers of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The judicial branch, composed of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, exercises judicial control.

The judiciary’s function is to read the United States Constitution and federal laws and regulations. This includes resolving disagreements between the executive and legislative branches. The federal government’s erection is codified in the Constitution.

In the United States, there have frequently been two main political parties. Since the 1860s, these two key parties have been the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has the most orchestras in the House of Representatives while the Republicans hold a majority in the Senate.

The three largest parties aside from the two main political parties are the Libertarian Party (United States), the Green Party of the United States, and the Constitution Party in respective order.

1. Democratic Party

Numerous 20th century United States Presidents such as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and the most recent past President Barack Obama are Democrats. They have 48 out of 100 seats in the USA Senate and 223 out of 435 spaces in the House of Representatives. Sixteen out of 50 state governors are likewise Democrats.

The party generally encourages liberalism and is often classed as a center-left party. Currently, the party has 60 million registered voters through America.

2. Republican Party

The Republican Party was started in the year 1854 as an anti-slavery party and its first President was Abraham Lincoln in 1861. Others include Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.

Republican Paul Ryan became the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in the month of October 29, 2015. Thirty-three out of 50 states has a Republican governor. It has about 55 million registered voters across America. Currently, the Republican Party is identified as conservative.

3. Minor American parties

There are numerous minor parties in the United States. None of them has ever had any space in the United States Congress.

– Libertarian Party

A libertarian and liberal party who have around 411,250 registered voters as of March 2016. It is the third party and promotes a non-interventionist foreign policy and civil liberties.

– Green Party

This is a left-wing environmentalist party that promotes social democracy and respect for diversity, peace, and non-violence.

– Constitution Party

This is a conservative party that promotes American nationalism, Pale conservatism, Christianity, the anti-abortion movement, and greater attention on the U.S. Constitution. Have around 440,000 registered voters.

In this article, we will discuss how to join politics in the United States and what is different and similar in this process compared to elsewhere where there are elections.

How to join politics in the USA as a foreigner

You can join and be energetic as a party member and a party officer in any political party in the United States. You don’t have to be a citizen.

Search for contact info on their state and local websites. You might find that certain political parties are very active and have regular meetings close to you. Other parties have a minute or no activities in your area or their meetings are sporadic.

Elections in the United States have always been exceptional in many aspects from elections in the rest of the world’s democracies. Among the reasons for their uniqueness is the country’s political structure and last but not least its political culture.

There are generally four layers of government in the Land of the free federal, state, county and local and single-member districts for the legislatures of each of these levels.

Depending on what office you are running for, you have to have stances on the issues that the position sought is capable of implementing issues that fall under that position’s jurisdiction. For instance, if you are running for your local town’s council, all issues that you should have stances on in your campaign should concern your district first and foremost where your constituents reside and then the rest of your town. Issues outside this spectrum are irrelevant to your campaign and mentioning them would at best suggest that you are a populist.

Let’s say it just came to your mind that you want to get tangled in politics by getting elected for public office which shall remain nameless for now. There are several criteria that should be taken into consideration before doing so:

1. What you have accomplished in life?

This determines your credibility to your constituents. It serves as a resume to a potential employer, and not surprisingly your constituents are in fact your potential employers.  Most politicians in the United States and the rest of the world are either lawyers or businessmen who shouldn’t amaze us for the two create and build credibility for their fitting together with competence in the law and money circulation

A small number of the politicians have been either something other than that or entered politics at a very early age like Connecticut Representative Matthew Lesser or John Tyler who is the Mayor of the City of Muskogee, Oklahoma, nominated at the age of 19.

2. Which one your party

The American political system is a two-party system except you satisfy the third criterion. The media rarely covers third-party or independent candidates. So you go for the one you feel you are going to be comfortable with.

3. Have a lot of money

Remember 2006 and U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut who lost the Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont decided to run as an independent and were Lamont he didn’t have enough money on him so he actually lost.

4. Name recognition

This is among the most important ingredients in an election regardless of whether it is taking place in the United States or somewhere else where elections are not rigged. Incumbents, especially longtime ones like Senator Lieberman, are more recognizable by the constituency but that same ingredient could be to your disadvantage both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The other U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Dodd had very little approval ratings, according to Quinnipiac Poll surveys, largely due to alleged corruption scandals. As a result of this, he decided not to run for reelection in January, and the popular state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced his candidacy for the seat almost immediately.

Name recognition doesn’t come on its own. For you who are running for office without political records, it is the result of your accomplishments and your campaign’s ability to raise awareness about yourself in the form of ads on brochures, billboards, radio and also television, and also in the form of talking to your constituents, giving interviews to as many press entities covering your area as possible, and participating in debates with your opponents.

For all of that, the third criterion is required. As Jeffrey Stonecash’s Political Polling speculated by giving examples of poll results on anonymous races, your campaign should focus on people who don’t know you in order to have clothed chances against an incumbent or a more recognized opponent. Nominees like Alvin Greene are merely exceptions to the rule.

5. What your stances on the issues are and why you are running for the position

You should always have legitimate answers to these questions before you announce your candidacy for the party nomination or for the general election unless you want to look as ignorant and opportunistic as Sarah Palin who performed very ill on interviews especially the one with Katie Couric and had also said in an interview with Larry Kudlow months before having been chosen as John McCain’s running mate, that she wasn’t sure what the Vice-President does.

Sarah Palin was also fussy on the facts about the Vice-President’s voting in the Senate during her debate with Joe Biden where she said that Vice-Presidents are important in U.S. politics since they can vote on bills in the Senate, and Joe Biden corrected her by saying that the Vice-President votes only when there is a tie.

6. Your appearance

It matters how self-confident you look on the outside and what you are wearing. These are the only two factors that decide whether you are self-respectful, and people who look like they have a low self-esteem are estimated low by the people.

Dress to impress as people say. Your appearance is surprisingly essential in life regardless of whether it’s about a political campaign, business or even a hangout.

If you fulfill all six criteria, you are ready to run for a political position hopefully with the intention to make the world a better place and not just for your own well-being.

CSN Team 

NG Team.

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