This might be a political post. But I’d like to keep things as un-political as possible. Because I hate politics.
I was watching the news this morning and saw the report stating that Senator Kamala Harris has dropped out of the presidential race citing a lack of campaign funds. And it kind of made me mad to hear that.
First of all, I don’t count myself as a Kamala Harris supporter. I really don’t know much about her. I really don’t know much about the majority of the democrats who are vying for the presidency. I haven’t watched any of this year’s debates. Because I hate politics.
Maybe I’ve stated this here before. Maybe I haven’t. If this is a rerun for you, I’m sorry. But here’s my honest opinion regarding politicians. I truly believe that 95% of those who run for public office care nothing about the people they represent. They are in it for one of two things: their own agenda or the agenda of the party they represent. They hold on to their office for as long as they possibly can or they make sure someone else from their party is the one to take over once they’re finished.
Politicians on both ends of the political spectrum are guilty of this. They all talk a good game. They’re real good at pointing fingers and telling the people what’s wrong with their lives and whose to blame for it. Generally, the blame should fall on someone on the other side of the aisle. And that’s a real good strategy when it comes to winning elections. But then, once they win, what good do they really do? How do they really represent the people who voted them into office in the first place?
Anyway… all that is just my general cynicism at work. The reason I became angry after seeing that Harris dropped out due to a lack of financing is because that should not be a reason for anyone to stop running for president.
When I was growing up, I remember my teachers planting that idea in my head that anyone could be the president. It
didn’t shouldn’t matter your race, gender, religion, or socioeconomic background. As long as you are 35 years old and a natural born citizen of the United States, the office of president is available to you.
Sure, up until 2008, history showed us that the president could only be an old white dude. But I still held the belief that anyone could be president.
Then I grew up. Anyone cannot be president. Because you need to have millions upon millions of dollars to fund a presidential campaign. According to an article by The Washington Post, Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign spent $768 million. Donald Trump spent $398 million. Those numbers tell me that only those with super deep pockets can run for office. Win or lose, that’s ridiculous. It’s too much. And it shouldn’t be that way.
I’m sure there are reasons beyond my comprehension for why there are no campaign spending limits. Honestly, though, all my cynical mind can come up with is so the wealthy can stay in power and keep patting themselves on the back by giving themselves tax cuts while giving hand outs to big businesses and special interests and shoving the middle class further and further down until it no longer exists.
I’ve said it before on this blog, that we need term limits in congress. But our government should also put limits on how much someone is allowed to spend on a campaign, whether that’s on the local, state, or federal level. Obviously, on a national campaign, the limits should be higher. But they shouldn’t be limitless.
It’s not fair. And I know that life isn’t fair. And I know that it will likely never change under the current form of government. But until it does, can we all just agree to stop spreading the lie that anyone can be President of the United States? When your eight year old comes up to you, starry eyed and full of hope, just crush that dream from the start. Nip it in the bud.
Unless your family is already independently wealthy. Then your eight year old really can be anything he or she wants to be.