Some people have enough “celebrity status” that even announcing an announcement garners media coverage.
Jeb Bush recently proclaimed that on June 15 “an announcement will be made,” and it’s now all the media can talk about. “Another Clinton vs. Bush election?” is plastered across the headlines.
But Americans are clearly bored with these families.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens to a speaker before giving his keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
While there are plenty of candidates who don’t have family ties to the White House, those are not the candidates soaking up all the press. With Bush’s announcement this year’s presidential campaign is sure to be one for the books, but we certainly don’t need another boring Clinton vs. Bush election. We’re not being run by a monarchy here - even the Kennedy’s couldn’t pull it off. That snoozer of an election would bring the lowest voting turnout in ages.
We’re bored with these families. Two Bush’s in the past 20 years, a Clinton as well, and now one of each is running for president. If a Clinton or Bush is elected again, that says something about the United States. The media and Wall Street elites love it, but they’re the only ones excited about it. We "peasants" cannot continue to allow the same families to have power over our country year after year, even if they have a longstanding record of holding office.
[sharequote align="center"]Americans are clearly bored with these families.[/sharequote]
A great example of this is the Kennedy’s, one of America’s most loved and well-known political families. The family had at least one member in elective office in Washington for 64 years, yet only John Fitzgerald was able to reach the Oval Office. While many family members have been in Washington since Kennedy's assassination, none since have served as president.
Even great political families leave Americans feeling bored after a while. The country as a whole has decided to stop electing members of these families, so when will they decide to stop running altogether?
Furthermore, we don’t need another Clinton vs. Bush election. Neither of these candidates are been doing well in the polls, and while they both have recognizable names and families, American voters are not fans. Although the candidates are from different parties, they are virtually interchangeable. Taking money from the same big Wall Street companies, having a well-known name, and engaging in shady political practices are all common factors for these two. These are not “rock the boat” kind of candidates, and what we really need here is a change.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a round table conversation and press conference announcing a childhood development initiative with first lady of New York City Chirlane McCray on April 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
In addition to being one and the same, these candidates aren’t the type that will bring voters to the polls. While Barack Obama was able to bring out people who may have never voted before, a Clinton vs. Bush election will leave people wanting to stay inside on voting day. After advertising on MTV and social media, voters came out of the woodwork to place their votes for Obama, because it was made “cool.” Neither Clinton nor Bush has that same kind of pull or appeal, and they definitely won’t be able to make themselves seem “hip” or “cool” to the masses.
These candidates aren’t able to generate any excitement with voters, because we’ve seen it all before. For these candidates and their families, the elections are all about power and being a part of the “dynasty” that their families have had in the past.
American’s are understandably tired of these families, and I predict that it will show when it comes time to vote. We’ve had an “old boys club” in Washington for far too long. It’s time that we have a new, non-establishment candidate in office.
Chris Markowski has carried the titles of author, investment banker, equity analyst, muckraker, all around trouble-maker, and most importantly consumer advocate. He is the personality behind Watchdog on Wall Street and founder of Markowski Investments.
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