“How do you know a politician is lying?” the old joke goes “His lips are moving” being the punch line. We in America love to vilify our elected leaders. It certainly is easy these days to succumb to this all too human tendency. But upon reflection, if we really assess the situation, we have created the climate where very few truly noble civic-minded individuals will want to enter the fray. Now I’m certainly not a politician and will likely never be one, I do have acquaintances holding political office that I hold in high esteem. So they do exist in larger numbers than we’d want to admit. However this career path certainly attracts its fair share of individuals with more nefarious goals. Why? Because noble individuals tend not to want to make the compromises required to win elections. We expect our officials to be well coiffed and silver tongued. But god-forbid, we can’t have a leader who is affluent. These days with the “new normal”, why would we permit someone to be rich in this country? However, if we really are looking for the best and brightest, we should be looking for those that have created something out of nothing. And inspired a workforce to realize a dream. In many cases, these entrepreneurs who can inspire a nation don’t snap into that politician profile. During the election cycle, we all comfortably and conveniently fall back into our easily offended people groups who don’t really want to hear straight talk. So, the builders continue to do what they do best – and it is certainly not a crime to create jobs and new markets. But why would these individuals want to enter into a field where they are ripped for these very accomplishments. There are other great minds from many other fields that also don’t want to enter this arena. During the next election cycle when you are ready to say “I’m voting for none of the above” – decide what you can do to make the process and public service a noble and temporary profession again. Perhaps instead of criticizing, it is your turn to enter the fray. I’m sure your local community can use some wisdom. Let’s start one politician at a time and lead the way in the world for a new breed of leadership.