Certainly there are many reasons why 64 percent of American parents, according to a Gallup poll taken earlier this month don’t want a child — neither a son nor a daughter — to go into politics. But, unfortunately, Gallup didn’t ask for specific reasons.
It’s probably largely because congress is viewed so negatively these days; it’s less likeable than root canals and used-car salesmen. And women in general are less inclined to enter the fray of politics themselves, so it’s no surprise that they are even less likely than men to want their children to do so.
I find it interesting that, when you view the demographic breakdown, Republican parents are less likely than Democrats to want a child to seek political office.
So I pose the question, “Why?” – not because I don’t understand all the reasons not to encourage your child to run for a political position, but because I think there is a great need for good leaders. People are currently seeking office for all the wrong reasons. Good conservative leaders could help turn things around. Of course, the political arena is full of pitfalls. Of course, no one wants to see their child dragged through the muck. But we have to take back what it means to be servants of the people. There is no way that is going to happen if good parents who are raising good leaders steer them clear of legislative positions. Public offices will be dragged down to even further depths.
It would be hard for me to say whether my own children could withstand the slings and arrows. I would like to think that with our support they could. But I refuse to summarily rule it out just because too many politicians are doing the job wrong. We must be fearless or surrender to those who will prevail without merit.