Olivia LaRosa, August 29, 2014
“A strong effort should be made to extirpate the empleomania, the eternal place-hunting, which is the bane of Spain.” — The Times (London), 3 Aug. 1854
this word tends to be used for people who really, really, really want to be elected. Empleomania is borrowed directly from a Spanish word, which is a combination of empleo (employment or public office) and –mania. More at *1)
: a mania for holding public office
About the Word: One might very well make the argument that any person who chooses to subject themselves to the myriad indignities of fund-raising, going door to door to meet constituents, and offering their name for an elected office suffers from a form of empleomania. However, this word tends to be used for people who really, really, really want to be elected. Empleomania is borrowed directly from a Spanish word, which is a combination of empleo (employment or public office) and –mania.
I have often mulled how many people were elected Student Body President in high school who have gone on to totally disrupt our barely functional political system.
Far too often, these high school student body officers grew proud in their elected position and far too fond of having a title. This is what we call running for political office in order to BE SOMEONE.
The alternative to those who are seeking to BE SOMEONE is those who run because they seek to DO SOMETHING to better our human existence.
I think that several of our Presidential candidates are empleomaniacs.
Jeb Bush (oblivious)
Ben Carson (lost in the woods)
Chris Christie (evil incarnate)
Hillary Clinton (why?)
Ted Cruz (ewwww! code blue!)
Carly Fiorina (hisssssssssssss!)
John Kasich (phony baloney compassionate conservative bankster)
Barack Obama (the co-optator)
Martin O’Malley (not quite the thing)
Rand Paul (is the toupee real or fake?)
Donald Trump (there’ll be hell toupee! He’s no loser!)
Scott Walker (ewww!)
John F. Kennedy*
Franklin Delano Roosevelt*
*Those whose political viewpoints changed and they became DO SOMETHINGS because of new information.
NSFW: take a look at the Libertarian Republic website. Easy to figure out why it exists, eh? The guys who couldn’t make it through political science and civics courses found a way to take it easy. The women do all the work.