Written by: by Dr. Richard Swier
Posted: Nov 30th, 2012
If you’ve seen the movie The Usual Suspects then you know that Keyser Soze is not a nice guy. But he’s sort of the good guy.
Somebody is going to take advantage of you and your political party. It’s not a question of if, just when. And if you’re not ready for it, everything you’ve built could come tumbling down.
To quote the movie, this is what you’re up against:
“There was a gang of Hungarians that wanted their own mob. They realized that to be in power, you didn’t need guns or money or even numbers. You just needed the will to do what the other guy wouldn’t.”
And this is the Keyser Soze solution:
“And then he showed these men of will what will really is.”
A Test Of Political Will And Integrity
The ruthless political tactics that some people use are void of integrity. They’re so far over the the ethical line that it should be criminal. Most of the time it’s not. Not exactly.
With experience, you learn to see it coming and you can just walk away from the political deal. But even the most savvy political people get taken from time to time. And this is where you have to make a choice.
Do you keep your integrity intact? Or do you get ruthless?
Okay, let’s switch gears here and get a little more serious. The truth is, there are some good, solid political practices that you can follow when you’re neck-deep in it with ruthless politicians.
Real Political Solutions For Bad Political Situations:
- Stay afloat. Don’t ignore your good constituents. It helps you moving forward and brings some light to a dark day.
- Keep cool and calm. Overreacting is acting without thinking. The ruthless gang of politicians you’re dealing with expect it. They’re probably even hoping for it.
- Strategize. You need a comprehensive plan. And maybe tightening up the political ship. You want to figure out their possible reactions to your action. And how you’re going to steer the political situation to make their reactions mute. The best political plans forge forward no matter what they say or do. Or don’t say and don’t do.
- Be persistent. Stick to your guns and execute your political plan. If you can’t go around them, keep banging on the door until someone answers and meets your demands to rectify the political situation. Every day, go back and bang on the door again. And twice on the Sunday talk shows.
- Learn. Don’t get in deeper once you realize there’s a problem. And if there are similar loose ends in other areas of your politics, tie them up so it doesn’t happen again. Exercising some basic political due diligence is important. ‘Cause you never know.
Predatory politicians will always be around. They move from place to place constantly; they’re always there for a good time, not a long time.
Hold them in one spot for long enough, and just like sharks, they can’t breathe.
Sorry Keyser. We don’t need you on this one.
This column is an adaptation of the The Keyser Soze School Of Ruthless Business posted by Shane in 2007.
Clip from the movie The Usual Suspects: