Former 10-term congressman Roscoe Bartlett lives off the grid, deep in the West Virginia woods.
Bartlett is a poster child for a certain kind of conservative. His life "serves as an implicit indictment of the inside-the-Beltway life he and so many others have led - a life reliant on the federal government," writes Tim Mak at the Washington Examiner. "Bartlett, 87, practices a kind of self-reliance that so many fellow Republicans preach but don't practice."
He tells people it's the "patriotic duty" of all Americans to live as he does. What if some unforeseen disaster were to occur? "If everyone is dependent on government," Bartlett says, then if "the government isn't able to take care of you, it's going to be rather chaotic." In the past he's warned that the electricity grid is vulnerable, and we should all be in training to live without it.
Bartlett generates his own electricity, food, and water. His only access road is not tarmacked, and directions to his house read "go to the top of the mountain and turn right." He eats a lot of vegetables that he grows himself. He built his own log cabins. But perhaps surprisingly, Bartlett doesn't own any firearms.
While he lives in the Appalachian wilderness, in some respects his life is like that of other ex-lawmakers. He's currently consulting for defense contractors and other firms.
Via the Washington Examiner.