Aaron… it takes over $15,000, today, to run a campaign for City Commissioner in Manhattan. There are congressional seats around the Country that have seem millions spent on campaigns. The money spent to elect the President is in the billions.
It has become virtually impossible for the “common man” to run for office. But, you will find many who suggest if you are not a successful businessman or corporate executive or college prof you need to stay away from elected office. I’ve seen e-mails, recently, suggesting there needs to be a movement to raise the voting age in America to 27. This would eliminate the “elite” having to put up with young marrieds and college age kids daring to elect someone who would see things from their perspective.
How many employers would allow an employee to take time off to attend all the meetings/sessions/activities required of even a City Commissioner? Large corporations, banks, universities… Not many small businesses.
You are correct about the gender and age issue. Military veterans?? Since the draft was abolished, few of the weathiest’s have served. They go to college and on into coporate careers. Those choosing a career in the military are mobile and deployable. Not good candidates for elected office. Upon retirement, many have to find a second career to make ends meet. And… not you’re back in the “over 50” crowd.
You will never again see a Lincoln come from a log cabin and walk into the White House. He doesn’t have the money. We are very close to electing a billionaire to the Presidency. This candidate and his wife were handed a million dollars as a wedding gift from his wealthy father. He lives off his investment income and has most of the money “hidden” in overseas accounts to take advantage of tax dodges. Most people who have campaign signs in their front yards wouldn’t be allowed to step foot in his front yard.
I’m 66 years old. The energy to change it has passed me by. Where is that younger generation? Why aren’t they raising motivating their age group to put forth candidates, support them, and go to the polls???? If a fraction of the dollars spent by the college aged kids for beer on Faux Patty’s Day was put into a political campaign, you could begin to make some of the changes….