Some serve others, some serve themselves
I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on moral foundations.
To me, some of my fondest memories of the last few years are the campaigns I ran for the United States House of Representatives. I admit the defeats were blows to my ego.
However, it taught me that running for the ego trip, running for the power, running for the potential wealth should be the absolute worst reasons to ever run.
But so many do.
These days it seems like we have the narcissistic candidates that live for the applause. The candidates that want to see their name in headlines. The candidates that live in the spotlight,
I found out while running for office, that I do not really like that spotlight.
To me, the idea of winning an election did not appeal to me as much as doing the right thing. The act of helping people who truly need it.
Look at it this way, to be a viable candidate for Congress, you must spend around 8 hours talking to donors. You need to be raising at minimum $10k a week. A highly competitive house seat could potentially cost 750k and up.
Then once you get there, you need to keep raising money to stay in office, so a freshman Congressman will be spending most of their time raising more money to fight off a challenger.
And even then, you do not have the clout to make changes for at least 2 or 3 terms there.
So you raise money, to raise more money, to eventually raise even more money before you can help anyone!
To me, I saw those raised dollars as wasted.
If I want to help the homeless, imagine how far that money I raised to get elected would go in a rural Texas County?
All the good that could be done, for the price of one black-tie affair?
I think that if we want to change things, so long as we allow a vicious cycle of seats that are not won by the most qualified, but instead be the person who raised the most money, gridlock on the state and federal level is a given.
Me, I do not need the limelight, nor crave it. I prefer my life as it is today, calling people that are dedicated to a cause and doing something about it. That way at least something is done without the petty bickering of children we elect king or queen for a term of two.
I have no time for those self-centered asses anymore.
They are all that is wrong with our society. To help others in a position of public trust must have a foundation in a moral foundation. Either you have it or you do not. When you listen to a politician speak, they speak boldly and confidently of the issues of the day.
When a public servant, a true advocate of the people, speaks, you are captivated by the passion if their convictions, by the heart in which they approach the subject.
They do not need to be an elected official to do good. No one with a heart needs a title to help.
And no one who desires the title above all has the heart to help.
Give me the social activist, the charity worker. Let me be part of a team with the donor that is giving to a noble cause instead of buying a politician. I do not care what party they belong to, whether they are Conservative or Liberal.
The right thing for our neighbors is not a partisan issue, it is a human one.
That is the standard we must hold ourselves and our narcissists seeking office.
Do they seek power to further their own enrichment?
Would they try and do good for their community even if they were not in an office or lost a bid?
Do they consider public service to be a noble calling or a money bomb?
In other words, do they seek office to help others, or to help themselves?