Political Virgins

Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on January 19, 2012

It’s time for us to support the virgins: people who’ve never made a promise to any one person for favors but who listen to their own hearts. Who know instinctively the right thing to do, based on how it will affect their loved ones.

It’s time to have an American Idol president: the kind of person who we root for because they are genuinely talented at inspiring a nation, someone who was plucked out of relative obscurity. We need a public servant who hasn’t been through the soul-crushing exercise of becoming beholden to others to raise cash.

I’ve had the great fortune of meeting a few of our candidates before Monday’s debate, on Skype, through video conferencing. What little I know already impresses me. They are so different in life experiences, and each of them brings something uniquely valuable to the discourse.

If you take the time to get to know these individuals, as I will throughout this debate process, I think you will be heartened by the experience. There really are wonderful people out there who care so much about this country, that they are willing to stand up and tackle the impossible.

What amazes me most is that each of them has said, in one way or another, “I don’t even care if I become president; I just want things to change…” In other words, their purpose is to provide a better way than what we have now. They know we are going down a precarious path and we can’t let things continue this way.

The other message from these incredible people is: if we work together, then we can make things happen. It all starts with one person. One snowflake can start an avalanche…

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