Why I’m Not A Politician

Posted on November 4, 2013

My parents taught me to be independent inadvertently. Because if I EVER asked for money, it came at a price; It meant that I would have to do something for them. When I saw friends get grounded from their cars, I made a decision to pay for my car myself. Sure enough, one day my mom and I got in a huge fight and she tried to take my car keys from me when I tried to leave. I told her she had no right to take my car keys because I paid for the car, insurance, gas – everything- and she let me leave.

This taught me a priceless lesson- if you let people do things for you, they expect something in return.

Favors are the name of the game in politics because of our campaigning traditions. The only way to get elected is to be independently wealthy and willing to pay for your own campaign, or to accept donations from people or companies who will expect favors in return. Whether it’s the Democratic or Republican party, a large corporation, or just your neighbor. Unfortunately with so many hands feeding the politicians, the hand feeding them the most is the one who gets the favors.

So, think about what hands feed you, and what favors they expect in return. But most importantly, have the courage to find a way to feed yourself.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/bennesvig Ben Nesvig

    This makes me think of a quote:

    “A helping hand is a controlling hand.” – Lincoln

    This is also why I was guilted into buying a $120 cast iron tea pot from Teavanna that I didn’t want or need. I was browsing and tried a free sample, which then kicked the feeling to reciprocate into gear.

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. Even a “free” favor comes with the obligation to repay it at a later point. That’s a great message to learn from your parents at an early age.

    • Shawnee Huie

      You are the king of great quotes and analogies, Ben! That Abe was one wise man too…