There’s an ad theme that runs in nearly all the media each election year that’s irritating and ridiculous. You can count on hearing it even though it’s pure political doublespeak and, on examination, absolutely idiotic. But you’ll get it every time there’s an election; local, state or national.

It goes something like this: “Elect me because I’m not a politician. We don’t need more politicians.” This message can tout someone who wants to be governor of our fair state. At times it’s used by congressional, county commissioner, mayor, city council and other political office chasers.

The subliminal message you are supposed to hear is that politics is bad, those who practice it are bad people and government is ineffective and a burden to you because of politicians.

Now if you buy into that, I have a suggestion for you. Have your next surgery performed by someone who works in fast food. Try flying at 30,000 feet with someone who’s never flown before. Have your teeth fixed by a furnace installer.

Put in that light, the claim doesn’t make much sense, does it? That’s because, in all other areas of our lives, we seek out the most competent, most experienced people in whom to entrust our lives and safety.

But these screwball office-chasing wannabees keep coming at us, saying, “I want to fly your airplane though I’m not a pilot. Your problem is you are flying with too many pilots. Let me sit up front.”
I submit the largest single problem with politics in our state and nation today is that we have elected too many non-politicians in too many places.

Politics is an old and, when practiced by professionals, effective and quite honorable craft. When in the hands of a Lincoln, Roosevelt, Goldwater, Humphrey, Nunn, Reagan, Truman, Dirksen, Franklin, Adams, Morse, Church, Hatfield and some other well-qualified politicians, this nation has prospered and our government has functioned very well.

The basic tools of give-and-take debate, legislative craftsmanship and compromise in the hands of professionals brought us through wars, created prosperity, assured the vote, created jobs, enabled astounding advances in health care, space exploration and mind-boggling technology. Even leveled the civil rights playing field.

What we’ve suffered of late is the levers of government at all levels are in the hands of too many amateurs who don’t understand how to use them and never should have been allowed near them. We’ve been conned by voices who have attached their egos and job ambitions to positions of authority never designed for either. We’ve elected some political vagrants who have promoted self-interest and single-issue morality in an arena not intended for such.

From the White House to the court house to city hall , we have become a politically divided and fractured nation at the hands of people who are non-politicians. They are a noisy, non-professional minority that we’ve allowed to do the surgery, fly the airplane and pull the teeth.

If we are to exorcize this rancor and division that is costing us national treasure, human resources and even lives, we need to fill government from top to bottom with men and women who ARE politicians in the finest sense of the word. We’ve already got some. But we need more!

We are desperately in need of people who can separate the true mission of government from the self-service and single issue divisiveness that have become common. We need candidates wise enough to identify the areas that are lawfully within the role of government and who can execute those duties.

Elect a non-politician? Not on your inflamed appendix!

One Response to “We’ve elected too many non-politicians and we’re paying for it”

  1. Jacklyn Says:

    Knocked my socks off with knowelgde!