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New political movement - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
New political movement
Well, sonetka and I figured out what the real divide is. It's between extroverts and introverts, and the problem we run into in campaign after campaign is that an introverted, bookish candidate is routinely persecuted by the blitz of media and public appearances, all of which make him seem uncomfortable and stiff. This may be costing us very good candidates!

So, Introverts of the world unite! Here is the Introverts' Rights Manifesto:


  • Introversion is a valid personality type, not a disease in need of curing.
  • Introverts do not "suffer" from introversion.
  • Introverts running for public office should be allowed to do so on their own terms. Nothing looks dumber than an Introvert forcing himself to kiss a stranger's baby, and the stranger's baby will be the first to point it out by howling to high heaven anyway. So let the Introvert do local campaigning in other ways. Rather than "working the crowd," the intellectual Introvert should study the local issues and write op-eds for the local papers about them.
  • Extroverts should accept this as a legitimate style of campaigning and take it on its own terms, rather than interpreting it as "distant" and "unfriendly." After all, being able to write coherently about a local problem requires more attention to the locality than being able to ingest the local delicacy while distributing anonymous kisses. Extroverts should be allowed to do this as well, but I doubt that they'd take full advantage of it, when they could always be out there shaking people's hands.
  • All candidates, Introvert or Extrovert, shall be provided with a blog site, through which they may keep in touch with their supporters and potential supporters. These blogs should be referenced on every piece of campaign literature. This is a plank on the Introvert platform because the written word is the Introvert's forté, and helps provide a balance against the Extrovert's ability to shmooze a crowd. The blog may, but need not, allow for comments from readers, which the candidate should answer as well as s/he can. This can be done during flights to regular campaign stops. If it helps an Extrovert who's honed his writing skills as well, then that's not a problem.
  • Candidates may kindly tell the press to buzz off in the evening and leave them alone. They're allowed. And anyway, they're just going inside to blog for awhile anyway, so it's not like they'll be out of sight.
  • Should kindly saying "Buzz off" not do the trick, the candidate's guards may use stronger language without self-righteous accusations of interfering with the free press. Should this still not be effective, our dissocation with the British monarchy will be temporarily suspended, while we put Prince Harry on the case.
  • The Introvert shall not be asked to "loosen up" and talk about his or her undergarments on a late night talk show. Of course, that won't be necessary, as he or she will have already informed his or her constituency of this matter of national security on a late-night sugar-high blog post.


Anyway, keep your I's open!

I feel a bit...: amused goofing around

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buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: November 3rd, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Word!
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Introvert shall not be asked to "loosen up" and talk about his or her undergarments on a late night talk show. Of course, that won't be necessary, as he or she will have already informed his or her constituency of this matter of national security on a late-night sugar-high blog post.


*snort*

Too true!
From: anatomiste Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
lilburne, who ran as the write-in Libertarian House candidate in my district, is clearly a forerunner of this movement. He only got 112 votes, but one of them was mine, and wouldn't have been save for his lj!
sophonax From: sophonax Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I'll have that political career yet!
ashtur From: ashtur Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, in lieu of fundraisers, do we just set up Cafe Press shops? (Have to pay for the servers somehow)

Of course, we get a few elected, then committee meetings in congress will be interesting.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
We won't NEED committee meetings. Just a message board. And then there can be Senate dramafests and I can be a ban-happy Senate Mod!
ashtur From: ashtur Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear...


(WI)The Right Honorable Senator from Florida flamed me!

(FL) Oh, stop being such a drama queen!

Sgt at Arms FernWithy: BAN!!!
mincot From: mincot Date: November 4th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL!! Fern, I think we need to spread the word about this--brilliant idea.
jetamors From: jetamors Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
This E/INTP will cosign to that!
jetamors From: jetamors Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Er, cosign that. Without the to.

*slinks away in shame*
sonetka From: sonetka Date: November 3rd, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Blushes at being mentioned in the body of a post!]

I love the manifesto. I can only think of one thing to add (it's an offshoot of one of your clauses about each candidate having a blog:

*In the event that the candidates for office consist of an Introvert and an Extrovert, debates shall be held in two different styles. One debate shall be held in the townhall style, wherein large numbers of people watch moderators ask the candidates questions in real-time and comment on such issues as the candidates' makeup jobs (good or otherwise) or funny bulges in candidates' clothing. Another debate shall be held in Blog style, wherein moderators and candidates will have a realtime chat which will be readable by the public. Webcams will be trained on each candidate's to ensure that they are really typing the answers to the questions, but otherwise the debates will take place in the comfort of the candidates' own homes. The cameras will not focus on from the neck down, thus enabling candidates to wear comfortable, casual clothing of their choice.

Questions from the public will be accepted, but moderated, to prevent Trolls. This will give the public space to consider non-appearance-related issues, such as the candidates' extemporary writing skills and their indiscriminate use of odd internet language. A lexicon will be provided for those puzzled by such terms as "gakked" and "133t."

Should a third debate be deemed necessary, a coin toss shall determine the venue. Should both candidates be Introverts, all debates shall be held in Blog style. Should both be Extroverts, Townhall style will be mandated.
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: November 3rd, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
thus enabling candidates to wear comfortable, casual clothing of their choice.

Even...pajamas??? ;P
sonetka From: sonetka Date: November 3rd, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gobble gobble, you are one of us. Yes, pajamas will be...not mandatory. Let's say "strongly encouraged" :).
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: November 3rd, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Introverts running for public office should be allowed to do so on their own terms. Nothing looks dumber than an Introvert forcing himself to kiss a stranger's baby, and the stranger's baby will be the first to point it out by howling to high heaven anyway. So let the Introvert do local campaigning in other ways. Rather than "working the crowd," the intellectual Introvert should study the local issues and write op-eds for the local papers about them.

Some people would argue that this is what bureaucrats are for. Politicians are just for fronting, and therefore need to be extroverts. :P (Although if the bureaucrats are really running the country, you may as well just cut out the middlemen.)
From: louiselux Date: November 3rd, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Smash the Extrovert Conspiracy!
atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: November 4th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. That has just really cheered me up :)
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: November 4th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
This INTP says WORD o' mighty WORD!
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