Jose Mujica, the President of Uruguay since 2010, is quite possibly the kind of revolutionary leader any country wishes to have.
These five characteristics will explain why this former guerrilla fighter seems to have his intentions in all the right places, focusing on what is truly important to him and his people instead of being a poster-boy for success.
1. Mujica most definitely earned his power when he became an anti-government guerilla fighter in the late 1960′s. In an attempt to overthrow a corrupt government, Mujia was was shot six times and sent to prison for more than a decade. He was even left at the bottom of a well for two years.
2. Mujica’s net worth was roughly $1,800 at the time he took office in 2010. He rarely wears a tie and donates about 90 percent of his salary, largely to a program for expanding housing for the poor. Mujica reportedly keeps $800 a month for himself.
3. If he didn’t seem like a liberal’s wet dream already, Mujica has gained a lot of attention for trying to legalize marijuana, same-sex marriage and abortion. He even wants to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy sources such as wind or biomass.
4. He doesn’t even live in the presidential mansion! Mujica instead elected to stay in his tiny apartment to remember his roots.
5. Last but not least, Mujica has no intention of serving more than one term as president and is very open to the idea of giving other people a chance at fixing his country’s problems.
Imagine how different America would be if our president was more like Jose Mujica. Perhaps what makes him so admirable is the fact that he kicks tradition to the curb and loves his people more than he loves himself.
Sean Levinson | Elite.