Why I Fear Plunging Into Elective Politics

In my last blog post, I dealt with the subject of my political ambitions. In the course of the blog post, I declared that I have no intention, at the moment, of offering myself for any elective positions. As soon as that blog post went ‘live’, I started seeing comments from readers, encouraging me to overcome my ‘fear’, and simply plunge into elective politics. In other words, most of my readers seem to be under the impression that what is driving my decision not to plunge into elective politics at the moment is simply fear – fear that is meant to be overcome.

Indeed yester-night , as I introspected on the subject deeply, I came to the realization that what is making me not plunge into elective politics is fear. But in my opinion, this is a well founded fear. It is not an irrational fear. It is not the sort of fear that is supposed to be easily dismissed.

The fear I harbor about plunging into elective politics is mainly based on my appreciation for the fact that success in elective politics depends on one’s ability to tap into political support networks. And as I have come to learn over time, these political support networks are usually owned by certain individuals, who create the networks mainly through various forms of patronage. Without such political networks, one is very unlikely to win any election – say, by attempting to approach voters directly. In the final analysis, to win an elective post in most places, you either need to create your own political support networks, or get someone who has a political support network to allow you to use his or her network (in exchange for something, of course).

To the extent that I don’t access to someone else’s political support network, and I have not set up one for myself, then I will continue harboring the fears. And I will, therefore, continue to hesitate from plunging into elective politics — at least for the time being.

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