Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Government

Incumbents dropping like flies

See also

Rather than being thrown from office, aka, voted out, many incumbents have gotten the message and are just quitting. That’s fine, but hopefully the political system will backfill with improved candidates. That is just empty hope because American voters need to do some more work:

  1. Voters need to study and understand the political system to improve how they select and elect candidates to office
  2. Voters need to raise their standard for qualifications

Therein is a problem because American voters’ standards for public office are arbitrary and ill-defined. If we selected and elected candidates like people are hired for jobs, the process would be much more rigorous.

It would begin with We the People actually understanding the jobs for which we are “hiring” candidates. We would have a slate of skill, knowledge, and experience as characteristics that we are expecting to see on resumes. We would also be looking for behavioral qualities such as collaboration and consensus-building.

If American voters adopted the attitude that every elected official could one day be President of the United States, that would push the standard for office much higher, where it should be.

As important, learning from our Founding Fathers, candidates for elected office should not be “professional politicians.” Instead, they should be accomplished citizens with a successful track record in relevant businesses and professions. Voters should not have to guess about candidate’s abilities as the evidence should be clear.

Experimenting with unproven candidates is much too risky.

“Rep. Latham won't run for reelection

By Cameron Joseph

Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) won't run for reelection, he announced Tuesday evening, opening up a competitive House seat in southwestern Iowa.

"It is never a perfect time or a right time to step aside. But for me, this is the time," he said in an email to supporters. "I want to share with you my decision that I will not be a candidate for any office in November of 2014."
Latham is the third House member to announce his retirement on Tuesday. He joins Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, and Rep. Jim Matheson, a Democrat from Utah.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/193424-rep-latham-wont-run-for-reelection

Advertisement

News

  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
    Headlines
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!