You will succeed as “public servant” if…
You have a command over language, so that you know how to sound good without really taking a stand. A master of this skill will even be able to respond to a direct question about a specific issue without actually answering it, and at the same time maintain the appearance of confidence and resolution.
You have no quams about making abstract promises which could never really be fulfilled. It’s not that government is impotent by nature (necessarily), it’s that “to bring back a sense of responsibility to the federal government” has no quantifiable meaning, so could never be measured or proven, and furthermore involves an alteration of a system made up of millions of people, something far too great for one person to accomplish. Learning how to construct these optimistic slogans is key to gaining office.
You are willing to accept monetary and reputational endorsements in exchange for future favors pertaining to the powers of public office. Everybody wants a slice of the pie and you can’t make it alone. Be sure to remember your “friends.”
You are morally capable of spending the money of others to maintain a comfortable if not extravagant lifestyle. Note that many incumbents prefer to make certain lifestyle choices for the appearance of conservatism so they may attack their more openly avaricious opponents. Either way you’ll make a killing by the time your constituency finds a better demagogue.
You are eager to blunder attempts at fixing problems which the media has managed to peddle to the public. It’s not your fault you can’t fix it. It’s unreasonable to think you could fix anything by throwing money and legislation at it and hoping it goes away. Don’t worry. The public eye will eventually shift away from even the most glaring mistake, just have a scapegoat ready in case you are singled out. Meanwhile, If the competency of the system is called into account, don’t be surprised if your colleagues turn on you.
You have have a wide base of delusions supporting a utilitarian philosophy. It will benefit you greatly if you can convince yourself that what you do is not only “right” but necessary. The best way to do this is to quantify people so you can justify the sacrifice of a few for the good of the many. Numbers don’t have faces. Use phrases like “Big business” instead of “entrepreneurs.” “Insurgency” can’t have a family. “The falling dollar” is a concern of the global market, not the family down the street who can’t buy the as many potatoes with the same dollar. Just keep the focus away from what’s actually happening.
Once you’re in, you’re in. Think of it like a club, or better yet a family. We have a monopoly on force (assault), taxation (theft), money printing (counterfeiting)… No we aren’t criminals. This is different. The people of this nation can’t think for themselves. They need someone to protect them from themselves. To give them hope for a better future. To remind them that together, yes, together we can (what?)