So, you wouldn't embark on a political career at a young age knowing you'd have to live in poverty, right? Afterall, nobody who has to support a family is going to consider this, so I think you've chosen a reasonable age there, that maybe you'll find a rare few people who would consider it after their children are raised and independent. Now, you're requiring this vow from city commissioner on up. How old is that going to make people by the time they work their way up with enough experience to run for the presidency?BicycleTree said:Would I do it? If I had the option at around age 50, I think I might indeed do it. The motivation for the people taking vows of poverty as politicians would have to be great faith in their nation, patriotism, and the prime motivation to improve things.
And just to clarify, at age 50, you'd be willing to give up everything you worked for your whole life? You'd give up your retirement savings, you'd move out of a nice home and into a rat- and roach-infested apartment with no air-conditioning in the summer, you'd give up any other savings, you'd give up your healthcare just as you enter the stage of your life when you'll most need it, you'd accept no gifts from anyone, not even for your birthday, you could never go out to eat or get take-out because you couldn't afford it, nor could anyone take you out because that would be a gift, if you visit a friend, they can't offer you a beverage because that would be a gift, and you think that's all reasonable? And if you have a spouse, are they held to the same requirements? How do you live in the same home as someone who is not running for office and not vowing poverty and expect them to stick around when you tell them your plans? Do they get to sit in front of you and eat filet mignon while you have rice and beans for the 3rd night in a row? And this all sounds perfectly rational and realistic to you?