10 Things Candidates for the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court Should Do To Become Eligible for Election, Re-election, or Appointment for Public Service

Lyndon
2 min readDec 21, 2023

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  1. Step away from all existing resources, including housing, and live exclusively for a month on the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 which has not increased since 2009.
  2. Apply for minimum wage jobs in which depending upon each state’s minimum wage, they will earn between $7.25 to $17.00 an hour nationwide.
  3. Find housing.
  4. Pay for rent, groceries, and gas or public transportation each week.
  5. Get sick and go to the doctors or hospital without health insurance, then apply for Medicaid or Medicare.
  6. Attempt to get mental health care and other social support services.
  7. Spend three full days and nights in an emergency department at their local hospital.
  8. Spend five nights in a homeless shelter, on the street, or in an encampment with no personal resources. Two nights have to be 32 degrees or colder.
  9. Spend five days and nights with police and emergency first responders; learn to help revive individuals with NARCAN.

10. Go to an elementary school, church, grocery store, the local Walmart, etc. the day after a mass shooting, and with consent, visit and talk with five to 10 family members who have lost a loved one.

Upon the completion of all of the above, read the Constitution and consider what it means to take an oath of office to become a public servant. For example, the presidential oath is: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

From the U.S. Senate website:

Its first three words — “We The People” — affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. (bold added)

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Lyndon

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