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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I agree on the shallow pool, that is why I have voted for third party candidates in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections. I will not vote for the lesser of two evils or the least worst candidate just because they happened to be a Republican or Democrat. Even if the least worst candidate wins, you still end up with a dud in the White House.

    But even if all the candidates could expound on Marbury vs. Madison or anything else one could think of, that does mean he will know how to react to ISIS or the Ukraine situation. It doesn't mean he will know what to do to turn the economy around or to hand our illegal immigration problem. More important it doesn't mean that a president will be willing to go against his party's base or the will of the American People to keep this country safe if need be or to do what is right when the popular will is against it.

    I suppose what is really needed is for our elected officials to put the country and her people ahead of their political party. If they did this, there would be no test needed.
    The purpose of testing is not to find someone who will always make the correct decisions. The purpose of testing would be to make sure you have a candidate who is at least minimally qualified for the job.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    And Barack Obama went to Harvard (I also thought Bush went to Harvard) where he got by by being a product of quotas. What's your point?
    Barack Obama got by from hard work and by his intellectual ability, not because he was the son of a rich man.

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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?
    it would be nice if they were tested. they should be given a bluebook type essay exam on the history of empires, for one.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    You seem to be hung up on Mabury, but while the decision is important, when I vote it is not in my top ten issues. I am interested in more current issues like the border, the economy, the current world situation. Stuff that matters to me and now. How are you going to test the issues important to me?

    Another small point. We cannot come up with a way to test for the two Constitutional requirements. Age and citizenship. Why would your new requirements be any different?
    I am not hung up on Marbury, I'm just giving it as an example because Sarah Palin comes to mind. Someone who could not cite Marbury and expound on it right off hand should not be President of the United States. I said we should at least test to see if the candidates have a basic understanding of the major issues and can provide some sound analysis based on their understanding. That does not mean that some ideological preference should play a factor. The testing would be based on how sound the reasoning was, in that case.

    We test for age and citizenship. People may dispute it but we test.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    The purpose of testing is not to find someone who will always make the correct decisions. The purpose of testing would be to make sure you have a candidate who is at least minimally qualified for the job.
    I do not think testing is the answer. There are so many intangibles that goes with job. It is one thing to be book smart, it is quite another to the the common sense to apply that knowledge in the best way possible. Then there is always common sense to be used, I have know quite a few people in my lifetime who were very knowledgeable, but lacked the common sense to do the right thing or to perform the task at hand.
    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 Perotista View Post
    I do not think testing is the answer. There are so many intangibles that goes with job. It is one thing to be book smart, it is quite another to the the common sense to apply that knowledge in the best way possible. Then there is always common sense to be used, I have know quite a few people in my lifetime who were very knowledgeable, but lacked the common sense to do the right thing or to perform the task at hand.
    Well, we can at least insure that the knowledge is there. We don't need a person who cannot demonstrate that they have a command and understanding of the issues, at least theoretically, in the Oval Office.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Well, we can at least insure that the knowledge is there. We don't need a person who cannot demonstrate that they have a command and understanding of the issues, at least theoretically, in the Oval Office.
    It won't happened. Most people do not care about the issues or the knowledge of the candidates, even their experience. They vote on the political party or on a bumper sticker slogan. Some vote hot button issues or a single hot issue for them, some vote just on the looks of the candidates or because someone's friend also voted for that person. There are a ton of reasons, a test wouldn't make a difference.
    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
    Well, we can at least insure that the knowledge is there. We don't need a person who cannot demonstrate that they have a command and understanding of the issues, at least theoretically, in the Oval Office.
    If I understand your position in this thread correctly, you'd vote for someone with historical knowledge over someone who would vote in line with your beliefs.
    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 Perotista View Post
    It won't happened. Most people do not care about the issues or the knowledge of the candidates, even their experience. They vote on the political party or on a bumper sticker slogan. Some vote hot button issues or a single hot issue for them, some vote just on the looks of the candidates or because someone's friend also voted for that person. There are a ton of reasons, a test wouldn't make a difference.
    Those are reasons why we should test people. At least we would know we were getting someone who is knowledgeable.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If I understand your position in this thread correctly, you'd vote for someone with historical knowledge over someone who would vote in line with your beliefs.
    That's not necessarily so.

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