But some people DID have power and chose to use it for a cause. Whether good or bad depends on each one's viewpoint. But not everyone in politics is a career politician. Gandhi had the most important skill required of a politician and that is the support of the electorate. Similarly, Washington could have been President for life but chose otherwise. We know that a certain revered US President chose not to adhere to this unwritten convention, forcing Congress to later codify the two term limitation into law. So different people use power differently.That is nice to say, but reality is that power and politics require a certain set of skills and many people don't have it.