In Plunkitt’s book there are a few things he stresses. Here they are.
First: He doesn’t like the Civil Service. The Civil Service was enacted in 1883, and it said that positions within the federal government should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation- Wikipedia.
Plunkitt did not like this. He believed that whoever was worthy should be aloud to be in the government. He believed that if you wanted to serve your country through politics you should eb aloud to, instead of having to answer questions about ” mummies and birds on metal.”
Because he believed that the Civil Service was killing patriotism, he used the story of the young man who fought the Spanish-American War to show his point. This young man had tried to help his country through politics, but he couldn’t answer their questions he wasn’t able to. This drove him to join the other side in the war. Now, it probably wasn’t that extreme, though I guess I can’t really say. But I wonder how many of these kinds of stories there were. Young men who just wanted to serve their country via politics but they couldn’t because pass this test that had nothing to do with it they couldn’t.
Second: He believed that service got votes. And in this he was probably correct. I personally never forget when someone helps me. In my opinion service makes a good leader. Plunkitt was a multimillionare who was in government. He still humbled himself enough to get out of bed in the middle of the night who ‘s house just burnt down. Do you think that family ever forgot that? This big, powerful man humbled himself enough to help them. When you are a leader and you serve in those conditions, nobody will forget what you did. He also helped deserving people get jobs, weather Democrat or Republican it didn’t matter. If they deserved it they got it.
Third: he saw the value the youth hold. The future is in their hands. I know that sounds cleche but it’s true that they are the tomorrow, and he saw that. When he saw children along the street he would do something nice for them like give them candy. But it wasn’t just the children, it was the teenagers and young adult,too. He used the example of the young man who was a good singer; he got him a place in the choir. He wanted their votes but he also saw the value in helping them. And y doing this he gave the party a good name.