Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 | 2 a.m.
Contrary to the opinion of some voters in this country, there is a training path to prepare for higher elective office that should be followed. And it is not being born rich or making a fortune by being lucky in business and then discovering an itch to make your mark in government.
One could study the law to understand how to gather and understand facts about situations that arise in interactions between people and countries, and learn how to differentiate between right and wrong.
One could study history to understand how previous administrations in our country and others conducted themselves, and how their governing processes worked out for the people in the long run.
One could be elected to public office, such as city council or mayor, to gain local government experience. Then run for and be elected governor to gain experience in how to interact with a state legislature and manage difficult and unexpected occurrences.
An election to the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives would give a person experience in how the federal government differs from the state government and how elected officials interface with the armed forces and federal court system.
All these avenues are available and, if used, would ground a person in governance by factual and science-based decision-making so essential to the future of our country.
Gut feelings and slogan-based governance with a short-term view of the future is a recipe for disaster.