Politics 101: How to forget you know volunteers, right after the election is over

Subtitle: Get away from me, I don’t associate with you anymore.

If you have ever volunteered anywhere, you might remember that volunteers are valued participants. Everywhere except one place, I was always treated with respect, and the idea was that my time and efforts were valuable. This was true with the PTA, as it was true with public radio.

The place with the all-time worst volunteer experience has to be politics. I won’t belabor this point, but if you work hard, your reward will be ostracization until a year before the next election.Then you can start all over with people hired by a party or organization, triggering another round of no further contact with volunteers.

In other words, they love you on a schedule of every two, four, or six years hence, after which they have no idea who you are.

There are exceptions to this almost universal truth. Donny Draper and a few others come to mind.

Remember, the powers that be in a campaign will also tell you anything they need to in order to motivate you to do their bidding. They just don’t want you to possibly be a friend or remain in contact for paying jobs in politics.

Featured image above: ©2008, 2015 – Martin E. Brooks Obama For Virginia staff – Farmville, VA 2008


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Mark Brooks

Independent Journalist/Photographer --- Retired Land Surveyor originally from Colorado. USN Veteran. Involved as a citizen and journalist in politics and open government locally and sometimes statewide. Interests: photography, music, justice and equality for everyone.

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