The left-leaning Huffington Post recently published an article on the effectiveness of Congress. The article accurately described that the 118th Congress is on track to be the most ineffective and least productive Congress since the Great Depression (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/least-productive-congress-since-great-depression_n_65553d38e4b0e4767012b6df). It is no secret to most Americans that our executive and legislative branches are failing to safeguard Americans, ensure a budget is passed on time, guarantee responsible spending, and hold government officials accountable.
Selecting cabinet members and senior government officials is crucial to any presidential administration. These individuals possess the power to shape and implement policies that directly impact the nation and its citizens. However, a trend has emerged over the years where presidents tend to appoint individuals, and the Senate rubber stamps the appointments. Most appointees come from Ivy League institutions, think tanks, and government bureaucracies to hold these critical positions. While these individuals may possess exceptional qualifications, the next president must diversify their cabinet by considering candidates from broader backgrounds and experiences. This essay will explore why it is crucial to break away from the traditional mold and embrace a fresher, more inclusive approach to cabinet selection.
Promoting Diversity of Thought
One of the primary reasons to avoid an overreliance on Ivy League graduates think tank members, and government bureaucrats in cabinet appointments is to foster diversity of thought. While these individuals undoubtedly possess valuable expertise and extensive knowledge in their respective fields, their backgrounds often lead to a certain homogeneity of ideas and perspectives. By limiting the cabinet pool to these groups, we risk excluding individuals who offer unique insights and alternative approaches to governance. A diverse cabinet, comprising individuals from different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses, can provide a broader range of perspectives, leading to more innovative and inclusive policymaking.
Representation and Inclusivity
Appointing cabinet members from a narrow pool of Ivy League, think tank, and government bureaucrats backgrounds perpetuates a lack of representation and inclusivity within the administration. Such appointments tend to favor individuals who have had privileged access to elite educational institutions and networks. Consequently, this disproportionately excludes talented individuals from less privileged backgrounds who may possess invaluable experiences and insights. The next president must consider the importance of representation within the cabinet, ensuring it reflects the rich diversity of the nation’s population. By doing so, they can instill a sense of confidence and trust among marginalized communities, demonstrating a commitment to equitable governance.