When people are unemployed, they should be very careful how they present themselves to the public.

When they organize into a political group, they need to consider where they make their alliances. An example would be not joining forces with those exhibiting unprofessional behavior. If unprofessional behavior borders on being criminal, credibility would diminish. Then sympathy for the politically active unemployed would deteriorate.

Unemployed workers who wish to occupy the attention of Augusta lawmakers shouldn’t gamble on having uncivilized members in their ranks.

People must be civil at all times, if they are acting as a voice of authority for any political group. If a group’s spokesperson exhibits socially unacceptable behavior, then state politicians may only pretend to care about that group’s concerns.

I could be wrong. A political group that shows “unity” and embraces the unsophisticated tactics of belligerents could receive news coverage. That news coverage, however negative, may strengthen the resolve of those seen as organized outcasts.

Outcasts, however, are not a priority for those in the state Legislature. If they were, budget cuts wouldn’t target them so often.

All unemployed people are not subclass citizens. If the unemployed form political groups, however, they need to consider distancing themselves from those who intentionally act as uncivilized subclass citizens. If they don’t, that group’s potential will be a joke.

If employers pick only the best candidates for job openings, then the unemployed need to do the same when accepting volunteers into their political groups. If they are not selective, then politicians will have selective hearing when listening.

Doug Papa

Gardiner


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