9 Reasons Why I'll Never Be President...
If I ran, I would like to do so on a platform of absolute transparency and provide as detailed a plan as possible to the public ahead of time. The platform of ‘vagueness and platitudes’ on the other hand is convenient because it’s non-committal, allows easier pivots, and you can pretend to want to please a large group of people who all have different needs. I’m told I have no chance of winning by being this honest. This leaves us at an impasse.
To paraphrase Groucho: I refuse to be a member of a party that would have me as a member. From my short-lived experience in politics, I’ve learned that being in a party, at an early stage, you’re either there to build a political career, benefit your small business, or sincerely want to make a change. But to grow through the ranks you need to compromise so much that even if you’re in the latter group—by the time you’ve got any kind of power, you’ve become a different kind of person. Congratulations: You’re a politician now. And I don’t mean it as a compliment. Oh, and also I happen to believe that most parties are pretty corrupt in general. But, as an independent, I have no chance of winning. So there’s that.
I talk like a human person, not a politician. I hear that’s a no, no. (plus my posture is a bit lacking)
I’d do away with lobbies and having just said so means that all the lobbyists now hate me and will actively lobby against me.
I believe in restrictions on campaign funds. I also don’t have the campaign funds to run a campaign.
The media probably won’t talk to me. (Especially since, see #5)
As a germaphobe, I don’t like to shake a lot of hands.
I don’t want to. This is a huge problem. People who are drawn to running for president generally see it as a way to gain power, whereas it should be more of a sacrifice and public service. We desperately need more people who view it as the latter category, not career politicians or those who already have power but whose ego pulls them towards the ultimate. Their biggest contribution should be their ability to find great, experienced, skilled, honest and talented people to surround them in the various roles that are needed to successfully run a country. THAT is the most attractive quality a good president has—along with knowing who to listen to and when.
Finally, I’m Canadian and we don’t have presidents, we have prime ministers. So, be default, I can never run for president.
What are some reasons that YOU won’t be president? Or are you considering a campaign after reading this post? Share your thoughts.
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