Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nepotism in American Politics Today

Written : Dec. 16, 2008

It certainly is not only Republicans who bathe in nepotism. You only have to look as far as the daughter of JFK, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, to see the latest example of this in American politics. Keeping it all in the family, as they used to say.

Illinois native, and long-time Arkansas and U.S. first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton was not a New York State politician until her husband Bill had served for eight years as U.S. president. Schlossberg, although perhaps a sentimental favorite for some, is also not qualified for public office at this point. I loved her father's smile and always thought her mom was nice, but she does not deserve a senate seat (does she?), and in my opinion she should not even be considered. (Many Democrats would argue that Jeb Bush and George W. Bush didn’t deserve to run for, let alone win the Florida and Texas governorships, either. But then Al Gore is himself a son of a State Senator, and Andrew Cuomo is the son of the famous and inspiring NY Governor, Mario Cuomo.)

It seems to me that Democrats will do anything, and ask anyone to run to maintain their majority in the Senate. It’s not fair, but it’s just the way it is. I say instead, give a poorer person, perhaps a more deserving career politician, a chance to attain the seat. Don’t you think that would be a good and fair idea?

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