US election 2020: enough with the Kennedys, Clintons and Bushes

Dynasty politics needs to come to an end in America.


After Trump’s first state of the union address, in which he talked about Americas booming economy, Joe Kennedy III represented the Democrats by delivering a rebuttal. His speech was passionate and powerful, but if you have not already guessed, Kennedy is the grandson of Bobby Kennedy and great-nephew of J.F.K himself.

Joe Kennedy III, aged 37, represents Massachusetts in the American House of Representatives and is one of the latest in a long line of Kennedys to rise high in Washington politics. Part of his success is most likely down to his name and family connections, as let’s face it so much of life is about networking, and in politics that is often even more the case. But of course, he would not have gotten to where he is today with family connections alone. Credit where credit is due, he appears to be an ambitious, charismatic, ideal-driven young man with political and oratory talents that many other political figures lack.

However, following Kennedy's rebuttal there has been media chatter of a possible future presidential run, including this report by CNN. Maybe one day the time will be right for this Kennedy, but in the current climate, 2020 is not the time for Joe Kennedy III.

The 2016 election was many things and can thus be interpreted many ways, but there was a noticeable rejection of establishment politics. True Hillary Clinton did win almost three million more votes than Donald Trump, but in the electoral college, which is what matters in presidential politics, Clinton’s establishment brand of politics was rejected. Furthermore, in the primaries, the progressive Bernie Sanders stood on a radical platform for change and gave Clinton a serious run for her money, and on the Republican-side, Jeb Bush, despite significant financial backing, was soundly rejected in favour of newcomers like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

2020 is not the time for dynasty politics, and while Joe Kennedy III could end up one day making a fine president, I strongly suspect that in a battle between him and Trump, the latter will come out on top.

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