WHY YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE

Political 003Before you get started moving forward with your career, it’s a good idea to take some time to learn more about yourself as a person. To find out which job is suitable for you, first you need to find out exactly who you are. But, According to the book Running from Office,” the research concludes that running for public office is not on the agenda for most young people.   Dr. Jennifer Lawless, the co-author of the study, tells us why young adults don’t want to seek elected office, and what that means for the future of American government.

Is it true what we tell all our youth? You can be anything you want to be… Well, what about politics? How many kids are standing up and saying, Hey, I wanna be president, or Hey, I wanna be governor… However, within all of this, there is the genuine fact that all political issues actually touch our young people. According to Lawless, in a TIME article, she presents that “in almost every case what is most important to a high school student or a college student can be linked to a specific political issue. For high school students, it might be that they’re worried about whether they’re going to be able to afford college. For college students, it might be whether they’re worried about moving into their parents’ house when they graduate.”

Think about this: “We have more than 500,000 elected offices in this country. … We’re not concerned that no one will run for them. We’re concerned that the candidates will be the type of people who aren’t interested in bringing about a better system.” Dr. Lawless has sound research and has presented a very formidable issue among our young people and their destinations for vocations and professional life. You can get another dose of her herein an interview with NPR as well.

TIME asked Ms. Lawless this: What kind of people will still be attracted to political races, if not the best candidates?

To which Ms. Lawless replies, “The kind of people who are currently in office. People that actually do not think that government is a way to bring about positive change, people who are more interested in their own power than public policy, people that are antagonistic and confrontational and value partisanship over output.”

Seems we have a solid stoke from the pipe of reality in that everyone sees what real politics is. Do we feed the growth of our future generation of political leaders with the same fast-food trash politics has become, or do we build them as effective change agents?

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