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:
- Voters need to study and understand the political system to improve how they select and elect candidates to office
- 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.”