America is a divided country. Serious issues are being ignored. Hyper-partisan elected officials constantly rise in opposition to proposed plans while seldom offering a real solution of their own. People have lost faith in government institutions. Why would anyone in their right mind want to run for an elected office today? Because this may be the best time to run for office.
I’m going to make a quick assumption about you. You’re running for office or thinking about it for one reason: You want to fix problems and get things done for your community.
That by the way, is the only reason anyone should ever run for office.
But too many people run for office for a multitude of self-serving reasons. They clamor for attention or approval. They like the idea of being someone important rather than doing something important. Or worst of all, they are seeking office to cash in and enrich themselves.
Having been around politics most of my life, I’ve met far too many of those types of candidates. I don’t like them. They are often loud, obnoxious, and self-serving. They love the perks of the office they hold but have little to show when it comes to accomplishments.
These self-serving politicians are the reason so many people tune out political news. They’re the reason large numbers of voters don’t cast ballots. They’re also the reason so few people trust government at any level. They’re the reason Congress had a pathetically low approval rating of only 17% last year.
They’re also a big reason why Donald Trump became President of the United States and Bernie Sanders nearly became his opponent in the fall campaign.
As the new president said in his February 28, 2017 address to Congress:
(I)n 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds — families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.Finally, the chorus became an earthquake — and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first…
Primary voters didn’t have a problem shaking up the system last year for one simple reason: They’re tired of politicians talking and doing nothing. They want to elect people who will get results not simply make empty promises and half-hearted efforts.
Despite ideological differences, most voters want exactly the same thing. They want results, not rhetoric.
And that’s why now is the best time for your to run for office.
The political structures which have been in place for years are being up-rooted. Incumbents who can’t deliver anything besides sound bytes and campaign rhetoric are no longer automatically re-elected. Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor can attest to that.
Political party registration is less important to today’s voters now than a realistic plan that can achieve results. That’s what the voters want. Someone who can get something done. That’s the person they’re going to vote for in the next election.
That’s why you need to run for office.
You care about your community. You know what’s wrong and what people are worried about. You see the problems that keep getting ignored. Now’s your chance to do something about it.
Let me let you in on a little secret.
No longer do you need to to have the most money in the bank, the backing of your local political party, or the biggest names endorsing you to win an election.
As Gerald F. Seib stated in his Wall Street Journal column on February 25, 2017:
(T)echnology has made it possible for grassroots activists, outside groups and candidates themselves to tackle some of the nuts-and-bolts work formerly done by the party machinery. Digitized contact lists of voters are widely available. Little party infrastructure is needed to spread a message or generate a crowd when social media can do the job on the cheap.
The doors have been blown wide open for people like you who care about your community and it’s future to not only run for office but to win your election.
The voters want to cast their ballots for someone who cares about the same things they do. They want to vote for someone who has a realistic plan that can get results. They want to elect someone who is in it to truly represent them and get things done for the community.
If you’re that person, I strongly encourage you to run for office.
Your community needs you. But so does your country.
If enough people are willing to run for office to get things done, then one by one our communities will flourish. When that happens we’ll transform our politics from being known for inaction to being recognized for results.
That’s what your community needs. It’s what your state needs. And it’s what these United States desperately need.