The political ambitions of Julian Stern are great, and his intelligence level, I am sure, is very high. But he is too young to be holding office even at the local level. Anyone at that age should not hold office unless it is for the high school prom committee or as a student representative for the school board. His mentality may be at the level of a politician's, but his ability to make decisions on behalf of his constituents may be overshadowed by his own personal opinions.
I know this because I worked with him to coordinate some political events when the 2008 elections were a big thing at our middle school.
Most young adults and teenagers are very one-sided when it comes down to politics and do not listen to or even ignore all sides of the argument except their own. This happens all the time when students get mad at the school's administration for enforcing rules that they think were newly created, when in fact, those rules just the haven't been enforced for years.
His interpretation of some of the things that may pass through the council may be different from that of the rest of the community because he is so young, but that does not equal clear insight or logic.
I am an aspiring politico as well, but I choose to leave the decision making to the real politicians who have experience and insight on the issues whether local or national. To see someone close to my age running for public office thinking that he knows what his community wants is like saying the unpaid intern should be on the board of the company because he knows what is best for it.
Stern will do great things for this world, but for now, he should be focusing on his own life before focusing on the lives of others.
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