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Should political dynasties be outlawed?

  1. Jenny Talaver profile image74
    Jenny Talaverposted 2 years ago

    Should political dynasties be outlawed?

  2. Zelkiiro profile image96
    Zelkiiroposted 2 years ago

    Nope. It would be really douchey to forbid a guy's kids from ever holding any political office just because he did--maybe little Joey wants to grow up to be a senator just like daddy.

  3. Medvekoma profile image81
    Medvekomaposted 2 years ago

    No, not at all. European citizens fought with blood over the 18th and 19th centuries so that rule over a nation isn't defined by blood and ancestry. Yes, we de-throned house Habsburg-Lorraine. Does that mean we should ban Karl von Habsburg from the European parliament, or from Austrian politics?

    No. If people elect him, then he should be allowed to exercise his rights as an elected politician. Same goes for other royalty in Europe, and the same goes for the many notorious families in the USA, like house Kennedy, house Clinton and house Bush. (It feels so weird to write their names like that. Oh dear.)

  4. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    Yes. The spouse, children and siblings of someone should be banned from holding any political office beyond a local level.
    The most egregious cases are the children running for what they call their parent's political seats,  though wives of political figures have also landed Senate seats after the man died.
    We risk nepotism and corruption on an incredible scale when we automatically vote in people on the basis of family relationships, creating an aristocracy. And we limit the turnover in government positions that prevent the corruption long time service enables.
    Then there's the fairness factor - where you lose out by saying that the other 99% of the population isn't qualified because they aren't part of the in group. Family businesses start to fail when they choose relatives who are mediocre instead of hiring great talent, and tolerate bad behavior because someone is related to the boss. And nations do the same when they make the same decision.