ROBINSON: No ‘want’ in public office

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson speaks at an election night event in Greensboro on March 5. (Chuck Burton / AP Photo)

Let me tell you something about your elected officials. Ask them why they want to be an elected official and see what they say.

The key word in that is “want.” There should be no want in political offices. Nobody should be sitting on the city council because they want to be powerful, because they want control, because they want the political goodies that come along with it.

No one should be sitting in our nation’s Capitol because they want to be an elected official. That’s the problem right now. People want to be an elected official. They want to pop their collar and they want people to open the door for them. They want everybody to know their names and they want to get rich.

An elected official to me should be like a young man on June 6, 1944, in a Higgins Boat headed toward Normandy beach. I want you imagine your ability to go to that young man and ask “Why in the world do you want to do this?”

And imagine what that young man would say to you. He would say, “I don’t want to do this, but you see back home the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Hitler is murdering his way across Europe. I’m not here because I want to be. I’m here because I have to be. It is my duty as an American, as a man, as a Christian, to be here to serve, even if means laying down my life.”

That needs to be the attitude of our elected officials in this nation.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s speech during the Fearless Army Roll Call 2.0 hosted by Jason Whitlock on June 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.