Politics & Power

This might end up being sort of a scatter brained post, because its about something I’ve been thinking about in a general sense. And there’s not really going to be a point. So be prepared for that. This post is more of an observation I’ve been thinking about lately, considering current events.

Basically, I think the type of people who desire political office, in many cases, are power hungry egomaniacs.

I mean think about it. Why would someone want to place themselves in a position to be responsible for the lives and well-being of millions of people? Seriously. That’s an enormous burden. If you get something wrong, its on you. Does that sound like a fun job? Not to mention you have to deal with the entire political process, which we all know is all sorts of exciting.

So the more and more I think about it, I basically come to two different conclusions. The hard part is discerning who falls in which category. My first conclusion is this: some people actually want to effect positive change. Like genuine, real, good people. So some politicians I think are driven by good intentions. Trey Gowdy I would argue falls into this category. People like him. On the other hand, you have the ones who are the ego-maniacal psychopaths who just want to stroke their self-image and build monuments of themselves. Those are the ones we need to look out for.

Unfortunately, I think both presumptive presidential candidates this season fall into the latter category. I don’t think I need to explain the reasoning behind why it seems Trump is an ego-maniac. But Clinton, on the other hand, seems equally as nuts. Isn’t a sad state of affairs when the two presumptive candidates for President are two of the most hated people in the country? Something about that just seems…off.

I think my underlying point here is that the wrong people are the ones that run for office in the first place. Good people who don’t care about status, power, and control simply don’t try to gain political positions. They don’t need to. They know they’re okay and they’re happy with their lives. So the political halls get crowded with people that have insecurities, control problems, and the like.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong. But it sure seems like that’s the way it is. Does anyone else think that this is sort of a fundamental problem with society? This is a short post, but its something I’ve been thinking about. Feel free to let me know what you think, because this kind of stuff bugs me.


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