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No, and I also disagree that he or she should be required to have a law degree or prior political experience. Our system, working properly, is meant to allow pretty much anyone to run, and is intended to allow Americans to vote for who they think would be the best president. Although we have been involved in an ongoing military conflict for quite some time now, governing our nation is about much more than just military decisions, so I don't feel prior military experience should be a factor. Requiring a law degree sounds appealing in theory, but knowing the law is also just one part of what is required to make good decisions; these days a degree in Information Security or Computer Science might be more helpful. Requiring prior political experience would be a recipe for disaster, as it would make the political elite more isolated, which would help ensure that new ideas and fresh perspectives never make it into the top levels of government.
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I would like it if there were more military presidents, but I do not think it should be required to such a small amount of people. I dislike politicians who wield such military power such as Congress, who are more than willing to send people to die that they do not care about, and never knew the horrors of war. This is becoming more and more common, perhaps because the already wealthy 1% rather go to an Ivy League school.

Trump is an anomaly because I do not believe he went, as Sanders was for being an incredibly poor candidate in regards to people like Hillary.
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lawdog wrote:

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.



It would also mean no draft-dodging, sexual predators from the right either.
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There should be a test of some kind at the least. 100 questions about US history and the Constitution. Aceing the Constitution portion should be a prerequisite.
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ran76 wrote:

There should be a test of some kind at the least. 100 questions about US history and the Constitution. Aceing the Constitution portion should be a prerequisite.


I've thought about the possibility of using testing for political candidates before, but I don't think it would make any difference. When you are powerful and well-connected, there are ways around any such obstacles. During the last presidential election, Hillary got debate questions in advance. It isn't hard to imagine a candidate favored by those in government getting similarly special treatment with regards to a test like that.
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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!


I can see why you would feel that's the American dream. The very basis of it is work hard and be all you can be. But I think you hit the nail on the head with this part I put in bold.

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I do not see the point. We are restricting the presidency, by law, to a minority of people who served and are eligible by age, among other things, made even more frightening when there are very few soldiers who bother with a political career at all, much less a chance at presidency.

This does not bode well at all.
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I don't. It was intentional to have a government system where a civilian is in charge of the arm forces. Now, that doesn't mean military experience is a bad thing, but I see no reason to restrict elected offices from any law abiding citizen.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I do not see the point. We are restricting the presidency, by law, to a minority of people who served and are eligible by age, among other things, made even more frightening when there are very few soldiers who bother with a political career at all, much less a chance at presidency.


Well, realistically, we're not "doing" anything, period, we're just indulging some newbie/dullard's Internet-w*nk, in the belief that we're "smarter" than him.

And to be honest, apart from Washington, elected Generals tend to have been some of the worst presidents in history:
Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight Eisenhower (not bad, just ehh)...Even William H. Harrison wasn't said to have had that much on his agenda.
Posted 3/31/17
no it's not necessary
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Yes. Should ensure only one party stays in power.
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nope
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So long as the POTUS is also the Commander in Chief of our armed forces, then ABSOLUTELY should be a prereq.
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I think that should be a no brainer how is someone suppose to be the commander in chief of the military without any military experience
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no. imma be honest here. i hate everything about trump. his polices. the way he runs things... him... but i love the fact that a person outside the bubble like him can even run for president. it shows how well the system is compared to other countries where you have to be a specific party to even run

now our VOTING system is heavily flawed and should be fixed, but the running system is great

the only thing you need to be president is to be an American over 35. thats it. doesn't matter is you're black or white, girl or boy. Even felons in prision have ran and given FDR a run for his money back in the day with over 1 mil votes. i love it
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