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Career Politician

June 13, 2013

Politics has always been a career. 

For example, George Washington was born in 1732.  From ages 17 to 19 he was official surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia, a lazy, overpaid government worker, no doubt.  At 20 he became adjutant, at a yearly salary of 100 pounds, for the southern distict of the Virginia militia, in which he served for 7 years, .  At 21 Maj. Washington carried an ultimatum from the governor of Virginia to the French in the Ohio valley. At 22 Lt. Col. Washington led 160 men to attack the French near what is now Pittsburgh, igniting the Seven Years’ War between Britain and France. At 23 he served heroically with British Gen. William Braddock, who was disastrously defeated and killed, and Washington received command of the Virginia militia, a post he held until age 27.  Rejected for a commission in the British Army, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses at 27, serving for 15 years, until age 42.     

From age 42 to 43 Washington served in the Continental Congress, which elected him commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, where he served for 8 years, until age 51. At 51 he retired from politics for 4 years, but while running his plantation he lobbied for a canal between the Potomac and Ohio rivers, which the Potomac Company, of which he was the president, would build and own.   

At 55, he was elected president of the Constitutional Convention. When the Constitution was signed, he conducted a discreet campaign for its ratification. He was elected president of the United States at 56. He served from age 57 to 65. He died after less than 3 years of retirement.

This little biography shows that Washington spent only 8 years of his 51-year adult life off the public payroll. This should show that there is nothing wrong with being a “career politician.” It’s just another example of conservative disinformation that politics is supposedly a field where lack of experience is a good thing.  Inexperienced politicians are more easily manipulated by corporate lobbyists, which is what the GOP wants.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2012 2:18 pm

    Nice piece. Would love to read your piece on the Gracci. Best. Geoff

  2. Expressions Guy permalink
    March 14, 2012 5:34 pm

    I never liked term limmmmmits.

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