Political Ambition

Upon reading about a lady who wrote a note to Paul Ryan while on a flight, urging him to be on the “right side of history”, I remember when the day after John Boehner, the previous Speaker of the House, after meeting with the new Pope Francis, resigned from office. It occurs to me that John Boehner is much older, 67, than Paul Ryan, 47.

There has been a gradual but noticeable shift in the age which people begin to enter public offices. The barriers of entry have been reduced, organizations how encourage young leaders to throw away with the conventional wisdom that they should “wait their turn.” And as people begin to skip the traditional path toward public service, generally starting with school board or community organizations, they become further removed from the communities and people whom they are expected to represent.

Once in office, and lacking in career experience and community awareness, government becomes their new and only world they know. The world of seasoned career lobbyist, older colleagues whom appear to be irrational decisions yet are reelected engulf newly minted members of Congress with decisions where the motivation to serve community and country are now bumped against the intense desire to maintain one’s way of life – driven by the fundamental human desires to gain money, power, and respective – thus begins the long path down the path of immorality which we see so often at smaller scale in the work force and our everyday lives.

I’m not necessarily arguing that the path of “career politician” right after school is a bad one. As the world gets increasingly more complex, we need people with intense expertise in navigating the large bureaucracies of government in order to implement effective legislation and change. Whereas the current system’s democratic method has allowed people of all backgrounds to find their ways to government, whereby I assume that those whom make it to the finish line of their pre-public service careers have the financial means and life experiences to begin the long process of governance, now we have Super PACs, dark money, leadership institutes, and other agents whom are funding and encouraging young, in experienced, but passionate youth into government – but we don’t necessarily have consistent systems for instilling virtues.

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~ by fp on January 31, 2017.

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