I try to avoid writing about politics on this blog because I fear once I start, I won’t be able to stop and nobody will read this anymore. However, lately I have thought a lot about the issue of “relatability”. McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for his VP slot brought this issue to the forefront of my mind, because really the only reason he chose her was because of how she could relate to the American public. It’s obvious she is not exactly qualified, having no policy background and limited experience, as well as a questionable record in her state. She was chosen because she is a working mother, someone the average American knows.
When exactly did being the average person become so important in American politics? Quite honestly, I do not want the average person to lead the country- I want the best and the brightest. Sure, being aware of the challenges that face the country’s people matter greatly. But I don’t think you have to be the average citizen to understand the average citizen’s concerns. As long as there is an awareness, I think that’s fine.
I’m an average citizen, I suppose, and so is Kerry. I love Kerry. She’s a great person, and someone I deem of very high intelligence. But that doesn’t mean she should be leading the country, in fact I would argue that she shouldn’t (no offense), just like I don’t believe I would be capable of doing so. Not a chance. So why then, is the ability for a VP or presidential candidate to relate and be one of the Average Americans so important? It makes me worried, honestly, because while other countries are being led by those with great intelligence and skill, we are getting excited about a book-banning hockey mom.