It seems America is always stuck in a quagmire of electing Presidents who already have wealth, or at least some degree of it. While many Presidential candidates come from governorships and from legal careers, they obviously aren’t going to be directly from any poor or middle class neighborhoods. And while you can say the Obamas were considered upper middle class prior to winning the White House, they’ve accumulated wealth since the Obama administration began. We also know about the Clintons and their accumulated wealth since leaving the White House. But are the recent arguments that Hillary Clinton can’t relate to financial hardships misguided, or is there elements of truth to wealth blinding people?
Everyone knows that when you come from an upbringing that had financial struggle, you have a better understanding of life and appreciation for anything you acquire later. Hillary Clinton mentioning that she and Bill were broke right after leaving the White House will likely be a key aspect to any Presidential campaign she might have. While I question whether Hillary really will run after realizing how large of a mountain it is with keeping one’s sanity, we have to believe her when she says she understands financial struggle.
There’s clear evidence that some people born with a silver spoon in their mouths understand the pain of those who don’t have anything. If you see far less of that nowadays, the Kennedy dynasty certain did, and it’s the one thing that seals their entire legacy. With JFK and Bobby Kennedy both adamant on helping those less fortunate in America during the 1960s, you can see why so many had nervous breakdowns when they were both taken down by bullets.
This isn’t to say the very wealthy in America aren’t vulnerable to gun owners who have more than a little bit of crazy in them. Nevertheless, there also seems to be reluctance now to place overly wealthy people into the White House, even if Mitt Romney’s political advisers probably think otherwise. With the lack of good Presidential candidates, however, we may be stuck in a situation where we have no choice but to elect one of the lesser millionaire or billionaire candidates. Those with the most money seem to think they can buy their way in to the White House, and they have and will again.
In a scenario where Hillary doesn’t run, could there ever be a chance for someone from the lower middle class to ever gain foothold to the Presidency? If you can find someone with a dynamic speaking ability and a sharp intellect, it’s not necessarily impossible.
Going Up Against the Status Quo Political System
Evidence from history shows us that those who seem to come out of nowhere can sometimes be placed up on a pedestal. Barack Obama might have been the closest to that within all Presidents of the last 100 years, only to be placed in a quagmire where far too many things unraveled. It may all be enough to scare off anyone else who’s smaller in stature from attempting a run for the Presidency. The intimidation from the political parties and making sure certain political candidates get through above others may also be a brick wall for someone with fewer resources.
Yet, someone who can truly communicate with people and able to rally huge crowds again with clear evidence of who they really are could still make a difference someday. The people still have some power if it becomes large enough where it can’t be ignored. Call it part of a new rebellion if you want where we take someone who has a sharp understanding of government and only comes from the neighborhoods where the poor and middle class live. With a large chunk of America being these people, you’d think someone would rise from those ranks.
An individual who really understands the poor and middle class and what needs to be done to help them grow would be the greatest example the White House might ever see. The only thing perhaps keeping a lot of those people from running is fear, which, sadly, may be what keeps Hillary from running. The intimidation of the press and the entire political system may keep a lot of potentially world-changing people from every running for Presidency. We may never know the potentials out there from the real heart of America who could run the White House in a way that finally brings the idea that a President doesn’t have to be elitist.
In the meantime, we’ll have to assume that the wealthy candidates we’ll get in 2016 will have a better understanding of those struggling than just making a pit stop in a small town diner for the usual photo op.