The Republican field for the 2016 Presidential election grows larger by the day. And we’re just getting started.
Comprised of Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and the unexpected Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, some have political careers that go only as far as commentary. This may be, but these unheralded wild cards may also be just the change of pace we desperately need.
What these challengers lack is not experience. They are exceptionally experienced, just not in the political domain. These are leaders, trailblazers even in their respective fields (first female CEO of a Fortune 50 business, first successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the head).
More importantly, they are great American success stories. They bring to the table lifetimes of leadership not by election, but by example. No, they are not the cookie-cutter Presidential candidate. But is that such a bad thing? After all, if recent history has taught us anything, it is that name recognition and résumé do not a President make.
Never before in our nation’s history has the two party system left us with such gridlock as we are faced with today. It seems as though lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have all but resolved to plug their ears and sing “la la la la la” when the opposition speaks.
If nothing else, these Washington newcomers will bring a differing perspective from the career politicians of whom the field is dominated. These fresh faces are just the catalyst our nation’s political discourse needs if it is to win back the eyes, ears and hearts of the American people.
So before we disqualify Carson, Fiorina and those to come for some perceived ineptitude, let’s hear them out.
Will any of these fledgling campaigns end with an inauguration? Probably not.
But if Americans are to once again look to Washington with hopeful eyes and trusting hearts, a radical approach will be necessary.
As with all great things, hope is the first step. And with that, we’re well on our way to a better America.