I highly recommend Outliers as required reading for all politicians. All too often they forget where they came from, how they were set on their current path, and how far-reaching seemingly small laws can become. Elected officials have a duty and responsibility to uphold the Constitution and act in the best interest of the general welfare of our Country, but all too often in today’s money-soaked electoral system these oaths are merely lip service.
History is often lost in these days of the 24-hour news cycle, but at one time these officials acted as statesmen, proposing meaningful legislative solutions to the issues facing our Nation and engaging in the act of compromise until the issues were solved. To be a statesman is to have the courage to resist the argumentum ad populum fallacy and to resist the fringe element of your own Party. A statesman has a moral compass informed by the values of Fairness, Individual Opportunity, and Broad-based Prosperity. He need not quote biblical verse to hold the moral high ground.
The lesson of the statesman has been lost in state and national politics for an entire generation. It is time for millennials, The Next Great Generation, to sweep the ballot and bring civility back to our civic process. I encourage each and every one of you to vote for hardworking Young Democrats every time you have the chance to.