Would you vote for the average everyday American as president?
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â¥âªMeganâ«â¥ - posted on 09/14/2011
I wouldn't vote Republican or Tea Bagger (The hubby and I play way too much Halo right now) because they keep wanting to take away grandma's health care and take away poor people's assistance while cutting taxes on the wealthy. I voted Democrat because I like that party. Heck when I become a Canadian citizen I'll probably vote NDP because Harper's a conservative and he's been doing some shady stuff in Canada.
Of course the Canadian conservative party would still pass as a liberal party down in the US. Because not even the Canadian conservative party would think of taking away grandma's health insurance.
Honestly though I'd rather vote for someone who has some political experiance. You can't go in for president without having had some experiance somewhere else.
And finally FUCK NO I would never run myself!
I would vote for the person who I thought was the best pick for the job. I can't just decide to vote for the average person without hearing their views. Kind of like how people are strictly liberal or strictly conservative. How can you choose something like that without hearing where they stand on important topics??
No. I would listen to their ideas, and perhaps that would sway me, but I highly doubt I would vote for someone so inexperienced for president.
For a smaller office--city council, mayor? Yes, I would vote for them.
I doubt anyone without an in depth understanding of our government and the many programs it runs could have brilliant ideas that could fix everything and I fear they would flounder seriously in areas where they lack understanding. Would this person have experience in bureaucracy? Management of subordinates? Due to our checks and balances system, It takes a lot of political finesse to make all the powers that be agree to even the best ideas. Before voting for a person to run this country, I would want to make sure that they had those skills and require some degree of proof that they could do the job. That proof, more often than not, comes from what they have done in previous offices or in previous ventures that can, in some way or another, be related to the job of president.
Like any career, one must work their way up from the bottom. Start in smaller offices, and go upwards. I would vote for someone from a middle class family, but they need experience.
April - posted on 09/14/2011
It depends on the level of intelligence of that person. They'd have to have a strong mind for politics. I'd look for how they carry themselves, how they eloquent they speak, and level of knowledge (an amateur that doesn't look, speak, act like one). Besides, there were plenty of famous people in the past that have never gone to school but went on to invent or discover something, so why can't the "amateur" go on to become a natural politician?
No, I would not and I share the same reasons as Kelly mentioned above. Being the President does require some political background, whether a career politican or someone later on worked up the ranks from local, to state, to national leader. I can use the similar analogy in my line of work too. I would never support a Principal just plopped into the school without any educational background and experience.
Krista - posted on 09/14/2011
Well, I can't vote in the US elections, but if I COULD, then I would absolutely vote for a regular person IF and only if they were very intelligent and astute and were extremely well-informed and well-read on policy matters and social issues.
I don't give a damn if my country's leader is someone I'd have a beer with. I want someone who's smarter than the average bear.
Johnny - posted on 09/14/2011
LOL @ Herman Cain. He is a good example for me of why working one's way up through government can be a good thing. Starting local and getting a good grasp of the difference between public administration and private. The moment someone says that they will "run government like a business", it causes me to run screaming the other way. If they don't know how the two are so very different, they probably will suck. I can imagine though, that there probably are a few people out there who are brilliant, experienced, and wise enough to take on a role like the presidency with no prior elected experience.
JuLeah - posted on 09/14/2011
Sarah nearly made it in ... she comes close to never having held an office.
Nah, politics is about PR, show, what you can make people feel and call truth .... that is a skill - and expensive.
Average folk don't have that kind of money ... by the time they do, they have held a few posts and gained some skill, so they are not just folks any longer
Amanda - posted on 09/14/2011
I think it would depend on their life experiences. I have to say I would much rather vote in a person whos lived an avg life or even been poor, over someone who was raised in a political well to do family.
At least the person whos lived an avg life understands what the avg people are going through.
Johnny - posted on 09/14/2011
It would very depend on that person's qualifications and abilities. I would also say that most people who are in politics at one point in their career had never held political office before, so they would have been "average everyday American(s)". When I vote, I look for someone who has demonstrated skills and intelligence, whose ideologies at least somewhat mirror my own, and who has new ideas to bring to the table. I honestly would be unlikely to vote for a person who has little job experience, little education, or few innovative ideas to offer, regardless of whether they are politically close to my ideals. I want to know that they have some skills to bring to the table.
Rosie - posted on 09/14/2011
i guess if they had extensive knowledge of how our country works then, i would if i liked their ideas.
ronald reagan and arnold schwartzenegger are good examples of people that were not politicians and went on to either be governors or president.
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