This election has brought out the worst in people, both politicians and citizens. The number of hate groups has nearly tripled in the last year. Jorge Ramos from Univison, was interviewed by Chelsea Handler, and he posed the question, “Where are the young politicians?” I am not truly advocating Theo Epstine for president, but he brought young energy, fresh ideas, and new visions to baseball clubs and fixed a 100 year problem. The average age of Members of the House at the beginning of the 113th Congress was 57.0 years; of Senators, 62.0 years. How can we seriously progress forward, when the majority of our nation’s leaders were born in the middle of last century?
Aside from the fact that a two party system continues to lead to little being accomplished, if we want to be invested in the future we need leaders who will actually be around to see it. I am now in my 30s, and I am already seeing the first signs of being stubborn and stuck in my opinions. Kids shouldn’t be on iPads, you should dress up a bit more to go downtown, and your underwear shouldn’t be seen more than your jeans. Americans like to claim being better than other countries, but many of the worlds leading countries have female leaders, and we’re still willing to blame a woman for ‘letting her husband cheat’, or saying ‘they must be a lesbian’, if they are a strong person.
Where are the young leaders, outside of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Where are the people who need to be invested in the future of THEIR country, their future children, their lack of being able to buy a house, afford education, and making sure after they graduate they have a job, and not the the dream that $60,000 in tuition will hand them a good salary. Have millennials been enabled too much, to think that someone else will always do it for them, and then get upset when the 60 and 70 year olds don’t see their point of view? We need people who can come in with new, fresh problem solving ideas. Who are willing to try things and haven’t already been deeply influenced by major corporations, lobbyists, and really want the best for the people around them. Whatever the outcome of today we need younger people to become the next set of Aldermen, Mayors, Senators, and people who have the energy, desire and drive to get things done.
We need a Theo Epstine, Kris Richard, Josh McDaniels, Alex Cora, to be on the sideline and bench of the American People. Who are really making investments and paving the way for a strong future. Not a group of people biding their time, trying to pay their dues, and kissing the right butts to hopefully be suggested into power. We need people who are ready to take the bull by the horns, and get this country going in the right direction.