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Doug Pardo ’07: “It’s about Service”

Doug Pardo ’07: “It’s about Service”


[MUSIC] New Politics is an organization
that supports veterans who are of the Military National Service
Organization, who are running for office at all levels. Our mission is to transform
politics through leadership, a specific type of leadership,
termed servant leadership. We believe veterans in the Military
National Service Organizations, in many cases, not in all, demonstrate
this specific style of leadership that again,
can fundamentally transform politics. We believe that that change
needs to happen, not just at the highest levels of government,
but at all levels of government. I speak to a lot of veterans and people
are generally discouraged by politics. Trust in government is low. It’s the highest degree
of hyperpartisanship. We have the lowest levels of
veterans who are running for office. And these people,
these select servant leaders, are either not running and
they’re running at lower levels. Or if they are running,
they’re not successful. They’re getting chewed up by the system. They are facing many barriers. It’s a closed-door political system and
they’re not able to be successful. We believe that people who have
served on the front lines, the people who have taught for
Teach for America and are the front lines working with students
who don’t have access to the same type of education that other kids
throughout the country may have. People who are doing disaster relief, those who are in third world
countries on the front lines and seeing the impact that negative
policies over the years may have had. These are people who understand
that there are people on the other end of policy decisions. To make policy is to make
decisions on foreign policy or education, or what have you. It requires people who are willing
to tackle those problems and demonstrate that empathy and
have served in other ways. And so what I would try to remind people
is that, serving through politics is a noble cause, despite the example
that they may be seeing today. The opportunity to have this impact into
politics is a way in which, I believe, that I and the team can have
a really meaningful impact. But for me too, the one thing that I’ve learned
through this is it’s about service. I know I’m called to serve
in an organization and in a role that is serving our country. And right now we’re at a critical time, we are fundamentally believe
that we need great leaders. [MUSIC]


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