World’s poorest president explains why we should kick rich people out of politics

President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica / Photo from The Tico Times

President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, named as the “World’s Poorest President”, says that in order to be an effective politician and to truly carry the needs of the people, one must live like the majority does.

We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides. So it seems to me that we (heads of state) should live like the majority and not like the minority,” he said.

A true charitable person

Reports have said that Mujica donates about 90 percent of what he earns to charity.

More than being charitable, Mujica is also known to reject even symbols of wealth. It was reported that before, Mujica had an interview saying that he was against wearing neckties. He said it was because neckties were useless clothing articles and all it did was to restrain the neck of people.

He also said that he was an enemy of consumerism.

Because of this hyperconsumerism, we’re forgetting about fundamental things and wasting human strength on frivolities that have little to do with human happiness,” he said.

He adds that materialism as well is something he is against because it takes away the time he could use to enjoy his passions like taking care of his flower farm and working outside.

Rich should not represent the poor

According to Mujica, he is not fully against rich people. He simply thinks that they are not the right people to lead a state who majority of which are not rich.

I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money,” Mujica said. 

But in politics we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics… People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”

According to Mujica, the rich should not lead the poor because they tend to see the world through their perspective and through what they understand, which is having money.

Mujica says that even if these rich leaders have good intentions, their life and decisions are led by wealth.

If we live in a world where the majority is supposed to govern, we have to try to root our perspective in that of the majority, not the minority,” he said.

Source: Waking Times
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