Indifferent to the American “second generation of politicians”

In the post-Trump era, a reasonable guess is that the three children born to Trump and Ivana may continue to run for public office. The eldest son Donald Jr. is very popular among conservative voters. The New York Post reported that he intends to run for the mayor of New York or the House of Representatives; the eldest daughter Ivanka was speculated by the New York Times that he might run for governor of Florida; the second son After Eric has been running for his father’s re-election, even his second daughter-in-law, Laura Trump, is considered a potential candidate for the Senate of North Carolina.

In the impression of everyone, the children of wealthy politicians should be on the road to politics. As early as 1937, the book “Sixty American Families” asserted that the United States was “controlled” by the 60 richest families. However, the influence of political families seems to be declining in recent years. In the 2016 election season, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton were out. In the 2020 Democratic Party primary for the Massachusetts federal senator, Joe Kennedy III, the grandnephew of former President John F. Kennedy, challenged the incumbent Senator Ed Markey and lost. So some politicians commented: “Things are changing, and a political dynasty is no longer as meaningful as it used to be.”

Political dynasty
The Kennedy, Bush, Clinton, Roosevelt, and Adams families are recognized as the five major families in American politics.

John Adams, the first vice president and second president of the United States, said: “In real life, those who are well-born, rich, beautiful, smart and studious are more likely to succeed.” He wrote in 1787: “Go Entering every village in New England, you will find that the position of gentleman has been passed down from generation to generation.”

The son of John Adams later became president. In fact, among the 45 American presidents from Washington to Biden, there are two pairs of father and son, one pair of grandchildren, and one pair of cousins. The book “From Washington to Obama: Family Politics in the United States for More than 200 Years” once revealed that there are 24 presidents in the United States who are related to another president, and only 2 of them are in power through marriage, and the remaining 22 contain The Golden Key was born; less than one-third of American presidents have no family political background.

Not only is the relationship between the presidents close, about 400 pairs of congressmen after the founding of the United States have parent-child relationships, and 190 pairs are brothers and sisters. According to statistics from the Huffington Post in 2016, more than 700 families had two or more members in the U.S. Congress.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol not long ago, has his brother Greg Pence serving as a member of the Indiana Congress. The successfully re-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, also came from the political home of Maryland in the eastern United States. His father was the mayor of Baltimore, which is very close to Washington, DC.

The power of the political family is the most typical of the family running out of the president. Bush Sr. (George Herbert Walker Bush) and Bush Jr. (George Walker Bush), the father-son presidents, have a long history in American politics today.

This can be traced back to the father of Bush Sr., who first went into business and then went to politics. He was a federal senator from Connecticut (Yale University in New Haven, the state). He met President Eisenhower and laid the foundation for his later generations to enter politics. Bush Sr. was “green from blue” and served as a member of Congress, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and vice president. He was elected president in 1988.

Four years later, Bush, who had won the Gulf War, lost to Clinton, who was young and energetic and advocated change. The eldest son Bush Jr. determined to be the master of the White House from that moment, and plans to run for governor of Texas in two years’ time. As a result, he went directly from the general manager of the Texas Rangers baseball team to the governor of Texas. Driven by his brother, Jeb Bush was also elected governor of Florida in 1998. The third generation of the Bush family reached its peak in the early 21st century with George W. Bush being elected president and successfully re-elected.

In 2014, Jeb Bush’s son, Prescott Bush (abbreviated as Bush Jr), was elected as the Texas Land Commissioner, which is considered the fourth generation of the family to continue the “political dream”. Curiously, after Jeb Bush reluctantly withdrew from the 2016 presidential race, Bush Jr. called on Republicans to vote for Trump. You know, Grandpa Bush and Uncle Bush were both unwilling to express their support for Trump.

Less than one-third of US presidents have no family political background.

Inheriting the political mantle of the ancestors often means numerous group collusion and exchange of interests behind them. Phillips, a former Republican campaign strategist, revealed the powerful network behind the Bush family in the book “American Dynasty: Aristocratic Rule, Wealth, and the Politics of the Bush Family’s Deception”. The alliance they formed in the petroleum, financial, and military industries eventually affected many domestic and foreign political decisions in the United States.

Family portrait of the Bush family in 2015

Children of politicians
Regarding the turbulent political arena, Bush Sr. left a 44-page memo to his son when he succeeded in the 1988 election campaign. His motto was: “This is dark.” Time magazine later commented that the memo may be correct. The “curse” of the president’s descendants, “the report details how the president’s children drank, fell ill, had an accident, or died young.”

As the pessimistic elder Bush said, in the turbulent political arena, the offspring of officials born with the golden key face risks that ordinary people cannot understand. “Everything is prosperous, and everything is lost.” It is often their destiny bound to the political family.

According to the “Politician” report, historical experience shows that some politicians’ children will act as trusted advisers or agents to provide valuable help for their fathers and the country, and many others will affect their parents due to various scandals and corruption. The road to governance “even will have a significant impact on the presidency.”

“Good boy” such as Franklin Roosevelt’s daughter Anna Roosevelt, after discovering that her father had a bad heart, she moved to the capital to settle in the Lincoln Suite and became his father’s unpaid personal assistant. During the last year and a half of Roosevelt’s presidency, Anna not only played the role of daughter, but also became his best friend and even “manager.”

According to insiders in Washington, in 1944, Anna persuaded her father to choose Harry Truman instead of Supreme Court Justice William Douglas as the next Vice President. In February of the following year, Anna accompanied Roosevelt to Yalta and met with Stalin and Churchill to discuss a post-war European reconstruction plan.

In addition to Anna Roosevelt, some of the president’s children even have offices in the White House. In 2017, Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, was allowed to work in the White House West Gallery, and she also had the right to access information that was classified as confidential.

Franklin Roosevelt’s daughter Anna Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy’s grand-nephew Joe Kennedy III, Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr.

Family power has greater influence in the smaller elections in the state.

Many of the children of politicians are also very different, and they will even expose the hypocritical masks of their parents when they were politicians. For example, Kellyanne Conway, who resigned as a senior adviser to the White House in 2020, was choked on Twitter by her 15-year-old daughter many times. “My mother’s job ruined my life from the beginning. It is heartbreaking to watch the children suffer for so many years and she continues to walk this way.” “(She is) selfish. Ladies and gentlemen, all this It’s all for money and reputation.”

In addition, the “second generation of officials” named Claudia Conway has repeatedly condemned Trump on social occasions. For example, she said that Trump’s “Chinese virus” theory is racially discriminatory and that vaccines should not be capitalized. She also hates Trump for banning TikTok because she has more than 600,000 fans there.

Coincidentally, the second generations who disagree with the government’s political views and admire free expression often become the focus of controversy. On May 30, 2020, Chiara de Blasio, the 25-year-old daughter of New York Mayor Blasio, was arrested by the police for participating in the “Black People’s Fate” demonstration that night.

And Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York Mayor Giuliani’s daughter, Caroline Giuliani, also published a signed article on Vanity Fair in 2020, urging the American people to “end this nightmare” and vote for Democratic candidate Biden and his running partner Harris.

Face-slapped parents are still trivial. Look at Biden’s second son, Hunter, whose private life and tax issues are unclear, and you can see the power of the bad official second generation. Not only did he fail to cheer for Biden, he became an explosive “thunder” on Biden’s political career. The second generation of cheating officials, like the offspring of the young and blue, can set off a storm of American politics.

“The world is tired”
“The people outside the wall want to come in, and the people inside the wall want to go out.” Qian Zhongshu’s words can be used to summarize the contradictions of the American political family. But after all, if there are members of the family who are in politics, can they play a substantial role in the succession of the next generation?

Some scholars concluded that in the U.S. Congressional elections, dynasty politicians received an average of 4% of extra public opinion. According to statistics from Dui Hua, 167 family members have been elected to public officials for at least three consecutive generations, 22 family members have been elected for at least four consecutive generations, and 4 family members have been elected for at least five generations.

The American political system makes it easier for people born in a political family to excel. In the past, in order to prevent the rise of the monarchy, the founding fathers of the United States stipulated that voters could elect almost every public office imaginable. The number of positions to vote for dazzles voters. Therefore, some of the more familiar names and surnames can be seen from the beginning. Some scholars have shown that voters seem to be more willing to elect members of the same family at the state level rather than at the national level. In other words, family power has greater influence in the smaller elections in the state.

In response to this “hereditary” tradition, a 2015 poll by CBS News and Vanity Fair showed that only 6% of Americans thought it was a good thing, and another 15% thought it was a bad thing. And as many as 65% said they don’t care about their family—they just want the best person.

Judging from the trend of political polarization in the United States in recent years, the influence of the descendants of the political elites of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is declining. In 2020, members of the Kennedy family lost the election, and Bush’s grandson Pierce Bush (father is Neil Bush) also failed when he was running for the Texas congressman.

Political scientist Mark Jones said in an interview with the “Texas Tribune”: “The failure of Pierce Bush shows that the conservatism that the Bush family has been advocating has lost resonance within Texas.” He also believes that Pierce. The aristocratic ideology for a long time has prevented him from integrating into ordinary voters, which is his fatal weakness.

This may also be a portrayal of the dramatic changes that American society is undergoing. The tastes of voters have long changed. Just as the great-grandson of President John Adams and historian Brooks Adams said a century ago: “It’s time for us to perish. The world is tired of it. Up to us.”

The Americans are not worried about such signals. Bloomberg’s commentary happily pointed out: “The most important characteristic of our political aristocracy is that it is highly mobile. Their position is replaced by newly emerging talents. If a political class can remain open, mobile, and fend for itself among the generations, it is A sign of health.”