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Personally I think it should be for us in the United States. If you are going to be the head of one of the most powerful military's in the world. You should at least have an understanding of how it works. That is my short argument for why.

What do you guys think.
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For america? I mean there's clearly a lot of cultural focus towards the military so I definitely think it would help a candidate's odds but I don't see any reason it should be a prerequisite any more than, say, a law degree.
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For America? No. Absolutely not.
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Edit: my bad i misunderstood i didn't read the topic, so my answer is changing
I don't like the concept of limiting the president to a group of people, not even militarily ones.
We should have as many different sides of life in politics as possible.
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I don't think that military service is necessary to be president of anything. Same as I don't think that being a CEO qualifies one for being president. What might be better would be someone with prior social worker skills or anyone who actually cares about other people and not just money and status. To paraphrase some other talking head on the internet, we all share this one shitty rock flying through space so we might as well make the best of it.
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I don't think service is really necessary but I think having at lest a basic understanding of how the military works maybe a two week basic training course
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Nah, I don't think service should be required. I would just hope they have a basic understanding of how government works *cough*
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No. You can have a reasonable understanding of how it works and trustworthy experienced advisers without having the actual experience.

Even if the US is a big military power, it's not the only feature of the country and there are other equally important things, and other kinds of experience that would contribute to being a competent president.
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LOL, well, it'd mean no more ultraleftist Democractic presidents (read that carefully; I'm aware that there are elected Democratic officials around the country who honorably served their country).

Short answer: No. Long answer: Hell no.

There are many patriotic citizens who are medically unable to serve, and would be excluded under such a concept, which would have to be enacted as a constitutional amendment. Hell, meet snowball' Snowball, meet Hell.

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itomwisp wrote:

Edit: my bad i misunderstood i didn't read the topic, so my answer is changing
I don't like the concept of limiting the president to a group of people, not even militarily ones.
We should have as many different sides of life in politics as possible.


The most fair/counter argument I have read so far.
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descloud wrote:


itomwisp wrote:

Edit: my bad i misunderstood i didn't read the topic, so my answer is changing
I don't like the concept of limiting the president to a group of people, not even militarily ones.
We should have as many different sides of life in politics as possible.


The most fair/counter argument I have read so far.


The current example, however, demonstrates why it should be a prerequisite for a president to have POLITICAL experience. (Senator, governor, VP, etc.)

Only a businessman sells things to the public on Twitter with ad copy and pretty graphics.
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no. political experience absolutely I can understand those who advocate for that but a president should be able to take advice from people with the experience that's part of the job being able to understand people and subjects you have hardly any to no experience with and relying on others co-operation
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I think the American Dream is anyone can be president (don't limit it)...I liked growing up thinking if I wanted to I could be president and like the idea that my children could be president.

As far as the President required to have military experience. I think a president with military experience would be more respected by our military. Not to mention they would know something about actually leading and making timely decisions...trying convincing someone to go kill or die - that's ultimate leadership (some of you know from experience). If you don't have any skin in the game then what are your decisions based on - war is very easy if you never participate. What are we in now our 14th year of war - by children have know nothing but war because it is very real to them as we are now on our 5th deployment. I think our society as a whole doesn't even think we are still at war and probably gave up on the war a long time ago. I think a President that has been through the process may actually be a better President and at would least keep the war in the news.

Their is just something about knowing the person that is sending you to war has been there themselves and understands what you are about to go through (very few of you can probably even relate to this). I also think that same President would understand what the troops come back too and how much a returning military member needs support.

I think in times of war it is better to have President that has been there...Anyway I'm tired of preaching....See you on the high ground!
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A more sensible recommendation, to my mind, is that the President has to have a law degree, or have practiced the law. I think this is more important than being familiar with the military and how it works. That said, I don't think being a lawyer or having served in the military should be a restriction for eligibility as President. I personally prefer a candidate who makes decisions rationally, and favors argument and logic as the basis of decision making. Experience with the law would help there also, but again, shouldn't be a restriction on eligibility for President.
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mittemeyer wrote:

A more sensible recommendation, to my mind, is that the President has to have a law degree, or have practiced the law. I think this is more important than being familiar with the military and how it works. That said, I don't think being a lawyer or having served in the military should be a restriction for eligibility as President. I personally prefer a candidate who makes decisions rationally, and favors argument and logic as the basis of decision making. Experience with the law would help there also, but again, shouldn't be a restriction on eligibility for President.


Well Trump has that covered I mean he has been in a court room as a defendant more then a few times so kind of counts
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