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What Qualifications Should Be Necessary to be President?
November 20, 2007 | HighWheeler

Posted on 11/20/2007 5:59:51 PM PST by HighWheeler

To get an important job, you have to be qualified for that job. Many times qualifications and skills are related.

Demonstrated Education is one thing, Desire is another good character, and appropriate Experience counts for a lot. A job candidate should be able to express these in detail during their job interview. The list of important aspects of a person who will be chosen as The President of the United States should be wide and deep in all kinds of categories.

I'm not talking about how a candidate stands on issues. Issues are like the obstacles you encounter while you are driving. You won't avoid potholes, or steer down the center of the highway, or parallel park a car in one attempt, or evenly brake in snow without skidding, if your driving skills are crap. However, any idiot can say they are "against driving into potholes", "I'm against sliding out of control in snow", or that they're "for driving between the white lines". When you have extensive driving skills, however, you can easily, deftly, quickly and correctly determine the best route through any road conditions and traffic that you come upon.

Any idiot can stand on one side of an issue for any senseless reason. Anyway, the issues typically wind up going the way the polls are swaying regardless of who is president.

I have started a short list of what I think should be important qualifications for every candidate to be judged by before they earn our vote to be POTUS. This could be their "driving skills" test. These and other qualifications would also be scored in order of importance by giving each qualification a value. Then the candidate can be scored based on their capability and skills for that qualification.

Feel free to add your own ideas for substantiating that the potential candidate has becomes more qualified than the others.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: nothillarious; president; qualifications
Qualification --------------------------- Max Score

Miliary experience ----------------------- 50 Miltary knowledge ------------------------- 35 University GPA, & Quality Points Earned --- 35 Motivation to cut taxes ------------------- 60 Executive experience ---------------------- 80 Staying cool and dominant in discussions -- 70 Creative thinking ------------------------- 30 Ability to get to the point --------------- 70 Clarity of explanations ------------------- 40

1 posted on 11/20/2007 5:59:52 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
Sorry about that mess I left above:

Qualification --------------------------- Max Score

Miliary experience ----------------------- 50

Miltary knowledge ------------------------- 35

University GPA, & Quality Points Earned --- 35

Motivation to cut taxes ------------------- 60

Executive experience ---------------------- 80

Staying cool and dominant in discussions -- 70

Creative thinking ------------------------- 30

Ability to get to the point --------------- 70

Clarity of explanations ------------------- 40

2 posted on 11/20/2007 6:02:04 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: HighWheeler

Black, nice teeth, non-threatening appearance, empathy for the unwashed masses, plus “hope.”


3 posted on 11/20/2007 6:03:14 PM PST by Callahan
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To: HighWheeler

I think all the Constitution requires is for a candidate to be a US citizen (not naturalized - sorry, Arnie) and be over 40 years old.


4 posted on 11/20/2007 6:04:06 PM PST by Ken522
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To: Ken522

35


5 posted on 11/20/2007 6:05:27 PM PST by BGHater (Lead. The MSG for the 21st Century.)
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To: Callahan

I would think that clean and articulate are all you need! Ask Biden.


6 posted on 11/20/2007 6:06:42 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: HighWheeler

I think you’ve described my candidate of choice.


7 posted on 11/20/2007 6:07:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: HighWheeler

More than half the Electoral Votes?


8 posted on 11/20/2007 6:08:05 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: HighWheeler
What Qualifications are Necessary to Qualify for President?

Be 35 years old and a natural born citizen of the United States.

9 posted on 11/20/2007 6:08:49 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes into it.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Looks like I didn’t pick a good title.


10 posted on 11/20/2007 6:09:58 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: HighWheeler

I’ve always thought a candidate should fill out an application for employment and it be made available for public scrutiny. One at least as comprehensive as someone who needs top security clearance.


11 posted on 11/20/2007 6:19:11 PM PST by IM2MAD
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To: HighWheeler
2 Kings 22:1-2
1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother's name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.

2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

Rom 13:1
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Since God chose Josiah at the age of eight to rule a country, we might want to study Josiah's character and qualifications and apply those to our seeking.

12 posted on 11/20/2007 6:19:35 PM PST by uptoolate
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To: HighWheeler

Ability to communicate clearly.


13 posted on 11/20/2007 6:21:42 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Ken522

You’ve already been corrected on the age thing, but here’s the complete list:

- native born citizen

- over 35

- get the most votes in the electoral college.

There, that’s the complete list.


14 posted on 11/20/2007 6:24:20 PM PST by Phsstpok (When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring!)
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To: HighWheeler

Interesting post and great idea. But I would categorize the items. Communication skills. Leadership. Executive Experience. Military experience. Fiscal conservatism. Social conservatism. etc


15 posted on 11/20/2007 6:33:32 PM PST by plain talk
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To: HighWheeler
be fat and stupid = Al Gore

be a gigolo = John Fn Kerry

be married to a rapist = Hillary Clinton

be a freak = Kucinich

be an ambulance chaser = The Breck Girl

16 posted on 11/20/2007 6:41:44 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: plain talk

thanks, I like the idea of a candidate posting a resume, complete with their accomplishments and achievements.


17 posted on 11/20/2007 6:47:22 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: HighWheeler
Qualification --------------------------- Max Score

Ashtray hurling ability........................ -25

Ability to take all sides of an issue...... -100

Excellent Cackle................................ -125

18 posted on 11/20/2007 6:48:22 PM PST by C210N
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To: HighWheeler

I would say a penis is helpful.


19 posted on 11/20/2007 6:54:24 PM PST by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: C210N

Adding “you know, Tim” to every sentence -4000

Photoshpping your mug on your book cover (problem with reality) -1700

Wearing the same pantsuit everyday -2300

Stealing the White House silverware -1300


20 posted on 11/20/2007 6:54:53 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: HighWheeler

I dunno, surely the only qualification is that you have been sort of married to a former president? Isn’t that enough? < /s>


21 posted on 11/20/2007 7:11:30 PM PST by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Fairview

Just be someone the illegals will like. Can’t we just all get along?


22 posted on 11/20/2007 7:28:58 PM PST by baiamonte
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To: HighWheeler

Beyond the basics I’d say the most important thing is decisiveness. Presidents don’t need to have all the answers. They just need to recognize the right answer when they see it.

The way we select Presidents is pretty well messed up.

Stump speeches only show delivery polish, which doesn’t matter in a crisis in the situation room.

Likewise these so-called “debates” only showcase skills that have nothing whatever to do with the day to day stuff of being President. A really skilled debater doesn’t show anything that’ll matter in the oval office. Just as a poor performer in a “debate” might well be far better under the pressure of a high stress problem in the situation room.

They’re just different skills.

Heck... American Idol has a better formed selection plan.


23 posted on 11/20/2007 7:30:54 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: HighWheeler

W
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24 posted on 11/20/2007 7:33:48 PM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: HighWheeler

Equestrian Skill: 1000 points

25 posted on 11/20/2007 7:40:27 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Great shot. But there ain't no Ronnie in this pack.


26 posted on 11/20/2007 7:57:11 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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