Let me preface this response by articulating, clearly, a few things I was attempting to say in my initial post:
1. Dreaming big and having ambition is clearly not a bad thing, however it does matter why
you strive for what you do. Behavior is all about patterns, and most patterns derive from motive. An abusive boyfriend will more than likely be an abusive husband until he understands why he wants to be in a relationship - good reason: companionship, bad reason: to have a scapegoat for his destructive self-loathing. Hence why I asked you the question I did, for which you still have not answered outside the ultra-generic "I want to make a difference."
2. So again: Why politician?
Why not a profession in which your chances of and influence over which the change you seek is far greater and more direct? Vanwinkle named a few. Why do you want to be a politician? More importantly, why must you move to a bluer state to do so? The answers to these questions speak volumes about your character.
Notable politicians generally fall into three categories: hyper-idealists (the Obama model), perpetual clean-and-fix-it-up types (usually former Generals and CEOs), and power-seeking swindlers (most politicians). Each of these types convey which of these they are through actions, long before they ever become elected officials.
3. Hyper-Idealists: These people prove through action that what drives them is a desire for public service - an abdication of personal gain for the sake of the greater good. These people show themselves to be selfless and humble - Obama mostly fits this mold.
Fix-It-Up Types: These people almost always lateral from business or the military because they believe that government would be better if only it were structured like a corporation or the armed forces. They are strict and often very accomplished in other fields - think Meg Whitman, Romney, Bloomberg, etc.
Rent-Seekers: This is most politicians. These are insecure weasels who want a soap-box, a nice office full of plaques and fancy degrees, and a gangster posse of yes-(wo)men thoroughly blowing hot air up their asses for extended periods of time. These folks ordinarily are students turned legislative aides turned next-in-line-for-office. They tend to have long histories of being self-seeking, with delusions of grandeur.
With that in mind, let's move on.
bizzybone1313 wrote:First and foremost, I will accompish a lot more in my life than you and at the same time make a difference.
bizzybone1313 wrote: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.
Clear traits of a #3 type. Delusions of grandeur masked by a thinly veiled layer of regard for greater society.
Put aside the crazy sauce for a second and look at facts.
You have stated to have an undergrad degree in construction science, because it provided you with money - yet you decry people who aim for a legal education to provide for themselves. Then you claim to have 60k in savings yet you also claim your parents still live in a trailer. Why is this? Help them. Give them the down payment to a home. Now you no longer work to study for the LSAT and shoot for a good school.
So as of now, you're an unemployed 26 year old man with no notable accomplishments except the aspiration
of a high ranking law school and no pattern of true humility or selflessness in the face of tribulation. Where is your prestige? Who are you? What have you done thus far? Do you exhibit the traits of someone worthy of the trust of millions of people?
Me? I am nothing in the grand scheme of things but I also have no pretense of telling people on the Internet I will accomplish more than them.
For me, the law is a good equalizer. If used correctly, it can level the playing field. I've never made much money and don't plan on making bundles anytime soon, if ever. I want to enhance my education to maximize my ability to do the work I've been doing. And so, I want to go to law school.
As an AA URM with a 3.7/170 and an above average resume, I have no plans on going to American. Try a T-6. However, I may continue to stay here if obligation makes it necessary. In short, I will go to the school that best fits my needs - not out of some insecure and misplaced desire to be guffawed at.
bizzybone1313 wrote: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.
The sad truth is that I know you're not a troll. In fact, I admire your ambition. My post was merely to allow you to see that ambition is not enough if you sincerely want to be an influential force for good in the future.
But then I saw your desperation to move to a blue state only to have a simpler path to election instead of staying and fighting in your community, for your family, for what you believe. I saw your inability to take good advice. I saw your ineptitude for recognizing constructive criticism. And worst of all, I saw a pattern of someone who only wanted to show that he is above everyone else, all while not actually doing anything to prove to himself that he is a genuine force for good - above petty perception and political partisanship.
bizzybone1313 wrote: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.
And so again, I ask: to what end is your ambition? For what purpose? What drives you? You say some people simply want to be a politician, but I say that the people who want to be a politician do so for very specific reasons.
bizzybone1313 wrote: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.
To make a difference and get paid is not a sufficient reason. Many professions fulfill these two conditions, in much better ways.
Just to pre-empt a bit before I wrap up here:
I know you're super pissed and I'm going to get some long winded defensive response where you point out how mean I am or how much I suck. I don't care. What I care about is that you do two things:
A) Do some soul-searching before becoming like every other would-be politico with a JD and ambition up the wazoo but no heart, soul, or underpinning foundation to their ceaseless need to win the next election to match.
and B) Understand this: if you can't take criticism or the truth from random folks on the Internet, politics will eat you alive and turn you into a submissive lap dog who will do anything to stay out of the crossfire and ease into the next election cycle. The people who make a difference are the ones who don't move to Colorado, they change Texas. They work on their flaws and face their demons, they don't fight to prove their worth on the internet and cower from their weaknesses.
If you ever hold public office, I hope you understand what it means and act accordingly. We cannot afford too many more electeds like the one who occupy the chambers today.
Alrighty, I'm officially out of this thread. I truly do wish you all the best.