John_rizzy_rawls wrote:Why do you want to be a politician? Is it for the same reason you are so enamored with faux-prestige? I'm genuinely asking you. And do NOT say, "Because I want to make a difference." I also don't want a novel or Julian Castro's life story.
Judging from everything I've seen you say on these forums you are largely fueled by ambition and recognition. You want to be up on the podium for the same reason you want a top school - to feel great about yourself, to have your voice and story heard, and to be admired.
This is the wrong reason to enter politics. In fact, it is largely this propensity for rent-seeking and self-aggrandizement that has crippled any semblance of rational discourse at the legislative levels.
So you can quote Obama all you want, you can look up the pathway of Senators until kingdom come, but until you get the hell out there and do something for your fellow man that indicates some modicum of philanthropy and selflessness then I can assure you, you will just be another a-hole legislative aide or power-grabbing state level elected official. Or worse, a failed egotist with a crap top of law school debt.
Before you rant on how little I know, stop. I am a) involved in politics and b) not telling you to not dream big. But as someone in this arena, who sees what kind of people it attracts and sometimes rewards, I am imploring you to question your motives before gunning for something that you're just going to massively screw up.
First and foremost, I will accompish a lot more in my life than you and at the same time make a difference. I don't need your advice, critique or approval in terms of my future political career. Anytime I have responded in an abrasive, forceful manner it was in direct response to someone else's obnoxious, worthless posts.
Pursuing a political career is a very, very financially risky. Mayor Castro is a perfect example. If he runs for Governor or the U.S. Senate in the state of Texas and loses (which is very likely in the next 5-10 years), he would have spent 10-15 years of his life making close to nothing in salary all to make a difference. He will never make up that lost financial ground. In addition, he will never make up for all that time he spent away from his family due to working and campaigning.
With respect to this whole faux-prestige line, this has to be most worthless part of your post that barely deserves a response. Why don't you take your 3.6/170 and attend American, Baylor or Pepperdine if those schools are so great? When you have children, why don't you encourage them to apply to community colleges for their education? When you are enrolling them at K-12 schools, why don't you pick the worst district in the entire city in which you will live? To ask these questions is to answer them. So you take that 3.6/170 and go to American, and I will take my stats and attend a T-14. Let's see in 20 years who ends up in a better position in terms of their career.
As far as ambition is concerned, I am and what the fuck is your point. I fail to see the main point of the stimulus. People are ambitious in all areas of American life. Some people want to be a CEO; some people want to be a doctor; some people want to be a politician.
I am going to continue to quote President Obama, because he is an excellent role model for a lot of people in this country. Am I going to go into politics to make a difference? Actually, that is exactly why I am going to attend. Politics is one of the best ways to do something meaningful and get paid at the same time. Because of politicians, I was able to attend college on educational grants. Because of politicians, my mom will get health insurance when she hasn't had it for her entire life. Because of politicians, I was able to get a great undergraduate education.
Your time would be better spent telling people there are easier ways to make money than going to law school. I feel real, real sorry for all of these people on this site whose sole goal in life is to make as much money as possible. That's ok though-- they can live their life however they wish, and I will do the same. This amounts to that whole "poverty of ambition" that President Obama talks about.