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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    It would make more sense to test the voters.
    In an ideal world we would do that too, but that's not going to work because then you would have people working very hard to disenfranchise people because of some sort of test.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    The voters should be the test. In my opinion the problem really isn't with ignorant people running, its with ignorant people voting.
    It's both.

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    How 'bout a lie detector test? If they pass, they fail for lying too well.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it's time to come up with some more stringent requirements for someone to be President of the United States. Right now we only require that a person be a minimum age and be born in the US. We need a little more than that for such an important office. Presidential candidates should be required to take a test to make sure that they have at least a basic understanding of some of the major issues and are able to give some sort of decent analysis of the current major points of tension in foreign policy.

    What do you think, is it time for US Presidential candidates to be tested?
    The campaigns and elections (primary and general) are the test. A good executive does not rely on only their own knowledge and experience - they surround themselves with experienced and trusted advisors to present policy options and then choose among them. Trying to get any large organization to perform or alter a plan requires more than the effort of any one person. A good leader sets goals, defines priorities and then ensures that those under them remain focused on those areas.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    The problem is, as you have indicated, that the process does not always work. It's far too important a position to let someone who is not at least knowledgeable slip through the cracks.
    If someone slips through the crack as you say, it is first because the majority of those belonging to his political party wanted him to slip through the crack. They nominated him. Then in the general it is the majority of Americans who decided for what ever reason experience and knowledge of the issues wasn't needed. But the key word here is majority. No system is flawless.

    Then there is the problem of deciding what questions would be on the test, also who determines what answers are right or wrong. political point of view may decide the right or wrong aspect.

    The two major parties have monopoly on our political system and thus in having that monopoly they limit the choices of candidates. But in the end who is elected always boils down to the people, even if the people are forced to choice from a very shallow pool of candidates.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it's time to come up with some more stringent requirements for someone to be President of the United States. Right now we only require that a person be a minimum age and be born in the US. We need a little more than that for such an important office. Presidential candidates should be required to take a test to make sure that they have at least a basic understanding of some of the major issues and are able to give some sort of decent analysis of the current major points of tension in foreign policy.

    What do you think, is it time for US Presidential candidates to be tested?
    No, that's our job as voters. If we're too unconcerned to educate ourselves, then we deserve what we get.

    Ideas like testing and term limits is just an attempt to protect us from ourselves so we can sink even further into ignorance and apathy.
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    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Yep, I'm serious. It would be fairly rigorous. Part written, part oral. Very rarely would someone get an A++, if at all. They just need to be at a level of basic proficiency. Somebody running who is going to be President of the United States should at the very least be able to elaborate at length on the significance of Marbury vs Madision for example.
    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    The problem is, as you have indicated, that the process does not always work. It's far too important a position to let someone who is not at least knowledgeable slip through the cracks.
    The other problem is establishing correct answers. We don't often phrase it as such, but really most issues we have with politicians are over individual ideology, not knowledge.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The campaigns and elections (primary and general) are the test. A good executive does not rely on only their own knowledge and experience - they surround themselves with experienced and trusted advisors to present policy options and then choose among them. Trying to get any large organization to perform or alter a plan requires more than the effort of any one person. A good leader sets goals, defines priorities and then ensures that those under them remain focused on those areas.
    While the campaigns and elections are a test, candidates should be required to demonstrate that they have a command of the understanding of the issues that they will be faced with when they assume office. I also disagree that good executives don't rely on their own knowledge and experience. Large successful corporations always select someone with at least some experience directing some crucial operation of a large firm.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it's time to come up with some more stringent requirements for someone to be President of the United States. Right now we only require that a person be a minimum age and be born in the US. We need a little more than that for such an important office. Presidential candidates should be required to take a test to make sure that they have at least a basic understanding of some of the major issues and are able to give some sort of decent analysis of the current major points of tension in foreign policy.

    What do you think, is it time for US Presidential candidates to be tested?
    GWB and Obama both graduated from Harvard...

    Take your pick political fanboys but the point is, tests are pointless.

    Edit: And George Washington and Abraham Lincoln didn't... test are now double pointless.

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