Ben Seewald: Planning a Career in Politics?!

The question of what Ben Seewald does for a living has been on the minds of Duggar family fans from the time he was first introduced as Jessa’s suitor.

The Seewalds are beloved by Counting On obsessives, but the nagging question of how Ben spends his time when he’s not filming the show (men helping with housework and child care is virtually unheard of in the Duggar clan), seems to loom large on social media.

For a brief period last month, it was widely rumored that Ben had found a real job.

Then the truth came out:

The “job” was one-time speaking engagement at a faith-based gathering in Texas.

Basically, Ben would be using his star power to help sell tickets.

Not exactly hard labor.

But fans who are a bit put off by Seewald’s apparent work allergy will be pleased to learn that he seems conscious of the fact that reality TV fame doesn’t last forever.

And it’s likely for that reason Ben is slowly forging a career path for himself.

If you follow Ben on social media, you may have noticed that his posts have become increasingly political in recent months.

Here’s a recent video in which Ben is all, “Separation of church and state? I don’t think so, Founding Padres.”

It’s clips like that that have led fans to believe that Ben might be preparing for a future in politics.

Couple his web presence with the associate’s degree in political science that Ben recently earned from Arkansas’ National Park Community College, and it’s not hard to see why viewers believe they might be seeing Ben’s name on a ballot in the near future.

Of course, it’s likely that not all Duggar fans will be on board with Ben’s political beliefs.

Ben is more liberal than his in-laws, and has drawn criticism from the family’s far-right fan base for expressing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit for the national anthem.

In fact, it looks as though Ben would probably describe himself as a right-leaning moderate.

Centrists used to be the norm in American politics, but these days they’re about as rare as unicorns.

Which means that despite his fame, Ben will probably rise through the ranks about as high as the Tontitown School Board.


Joy-Anna Duggar: Preparing For a Career in Politics?

Most of the recent media coverage of Joy-Anna Duggar has surrounded her courtship with Austin Forsyth, but it seems the 19-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle has plans for her future that go beyond her love life.

According to the Duggar’s official blog, Joy-Anna recently began an internship Arkansas State Capitol.

Her younger brother, 18-year-old Jedidiah is also interning at the capitol building, but fans are more focused on Joy-Anna, because a Duggar female being permitted to work is practically unheard of.

In a post entitled “Joy and Jed Interning in Little Rock,” the Duggars (or whoever manages the Duggars’ website) had this to say:

“The Duggars have deep roots in politics, with Jim Bob Duggar serving two terms as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives following the 1997 election and various other family members taking interest in the political realm over the years.

“The family has also helped multiple political candidates campaign for office.”

We don’t know if “helped” is the right word, but the Duggars do have a long history of involving themselves with politicians:

Yes, the family is probably hoping that any alliances Joy-Anna forges play out better than the ill-fated Handsy Josh and Lyin’ Ted partnership.

These days, conservative politicians probably aren’t rushing to align themselves with the Duggars, what with the multiple sex scandals and all.

Amazingly, Mike Huckabee defended the Duggars even after news that Josh had molested five young women, and we’re not saying that’s one of the many reasons he fared poorly in last year’s GOP primaries … but it certainly didn’t help.

So yeah, a Duggar endorsement is no longer much of an asset, and it’s possible that Jim Bob believes the next generation can help repair the family’s reputation by getting involved in politics.

There was a time when we would’ve thought those efforts would be in vain due to the magnitude of Josh’s crimes.

But hey, if TLC was willing to give this family another chance, then we suppose anything is possible.

After all, politicians might be the one group on the planet with less integrity than network executives.

Watch Counting On online to marvel at the fact that these people are still allowed on TV.