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Posted 5/3/15
This scenario is nothing new. It happened in the US. It happened in third world countries.

Do people know better? How come?
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No. I'm ashamed that people with no preparation can do it.
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Honestly, it would really depend on the person. Like I would say no, but unless that millionaire/celebrity know its politics and doesn't just run for more fame than they already have, I wouldn't mind.

Like, you see many celebrities jokingly going off about running for office just to appear on the media and get attention but never do it.

Bad example: Waka Flocka for president which is taken as complete joke because he can't.

Decent example: Trump, I'm sure we remember the one time Trump wanted to run for president. Although he didn't do in the end, he has the knowledge of politics and finances.
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If it was my decision alone then it must mean I'm Emperor and I wouldn't allow any rivals to be elected.
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I thought millionaires and celebrities already ran for office...





Whether or not we allow this is irrelevant. We're just ordinary citizens with no political power. If we all join together and say no, these idiots would still ignore us and run anyways.
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What was wrong with Ronald Raegen?
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Anyone should be allowed to run for office.
That does not mean you should necessarily vote for them.
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Terrance_Blaze wrote:

What was wrong with Ronald Raegen?


Who Dat?
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pirththee wrote:


Terrance_Blaze wrote:

What was wrong with Ronald Raegen?


Who Dat?


40th president of the united states?
Jeez it´s like people haven´t watched back to the future.
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Terrance_Blaze wrote:


pirththee wrote:


Terrance_Blaze wrote:

What was wrong with Ronald Raegen?


Who Dat?


40th president of the united states?
Jeez it´s like people haven´t watched back to the future.


Ronald Wilson Reagan?Plenty.I didn't vote for him,twice.You don't have to watch a movie if you've lived it.
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It depends on the person. To me, it comes down to two questions:

1) Are they what I would consider qualified? i.e. Do they have experience which I find fitting for the office they are seeking? Do they have a background which makes them capable of handling the job? For example: people who have run large businesses successfully are generally speaking good executives. Them serving after that in government chief executive roles such as County Executive, Governor, or even President are not terrible choices. They have a proven track record in that area.

2) Do they agree with my views on the issues? If they don't, I'm probably not going to vote for them anyway.

So, if the answer is yes to both, then I'll consider it. Being a millionaire or a celebrity does not disqualify someone in my mind. That said, if it's no to either, then no - I would not. Now, back to the examples: Donald Trump. Do I agree with him on the issues? Some days, some times not - he's wildly inconsistent on where he falls on the issues. Do I consider him to be qualified? When we look at his history as a businessman, it's also wildly inconsistent ranging from successes to incredibly massive failures which led to some sketchy behaviors and court cases (one of which he tried to stop paying a loan because he claimed the economic recession was an "act of God." No, I'm not kidding). So no, I would not vote for Donald Trump for public office.
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Bad example: Manny Pacquiao running for congress

It's already questionable that he's a coach of a basketball team. It's ok to venture in different fields of interests but you gotta know your limits.
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onibrotonel wrote:

Bad example: Manny Pacquiao running for congress

It's already questionable that he's a coach of a basketball team. It's ok to venture in different fields of interests but you gotta know your limits.

Pacquiao has been in office since 2010 and, upon getting elected, went out of his way to learn as much as possible to help him better serve in his role. I'd say, he's actually an okay example of a celebrity running for office. And clearly the people liked him in that role as they reelected him in 2013. He's also a reservist who served the Philippines currently ranking as Senior Master Sergeant as the Command Sergeant Major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division. Military experience gives you an interesting background as a politician later in life.

Also, member of Congress, I'd be more open to voting for someone with less experience than say running for Governor, US Senator, or President (for a US political structure analogy).
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PhantomGundam wrote:

I thought millionaires and celebrities already ran for office...


Boy, nobody remembers Steve "Secret Lovechild of Orville Redenbacher" Forbes, do they?

Which, like Mitt "Hey, Can I Do That Too, Can I, Huh?" Romney sort of emphasizes why millionaire/celebrities never do well in the campaigns--
Being Republicans, their only political ambition in life is to establish the Flat Tax rate, and/or eliminate the Capital Gains Tax, seeing as they already duck the Income Tax by paying themselves symbolic micro-salaries, and get all their income from investments.
Iraq? Afghanistan? Healthcare? Let 'em hang, they're too expensive anyway.
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Posted 5/4/15
Put Morgan Freeman as POTUS.
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