|Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 1):|
4) Education: This one is very important to me. I think in this country we place too much of an emphasis of electing someone "who is just like me." I think it's the other way. We as voters are electing someone to to the job of leading the nation; shouldn't we want the best? Someone who exceeds even our own expectations as a highly educated man/woman? The way I was raised in my family, education is very important, and I would expect nothing less when choosing a president.
I think it is, but at the same time our current President is a Yale undergrad/Harvard MBA educated person with prep school thrown in for good measure. Not sure if GWB's educational pedigreed has paid off as one would have hoped.
The two candidates both have fairly impressive CVs too. USNA
and Columbia/Harvard Law are nothing to scoff at. But in general most of our Presidents have had some fairly high level educational credentials for their time. In the modern era typically an IVY of some sort or one of the military academies. LBJ is the only major exception that comes to mind.
I would want somebody who is capable of broadly applying their education and being able to think critically and see the complexity that is out there. Not just become ideologues.
I wouldn't disagree with that, however with military service becoming less and less common it will be harder to find candidates with that experience. In the case of McCain I really wonder what his experience as an officer in the US Navy in the 1950s and 1960s as well as being a son of an admiral really offer him today in understanding the needs of the current military, the needs of current servicemen and women, and the needs of current veterans. I think an individual that makes a serious attempt to understand these issues in the current context may be of more value than somebody who served many years or decades ago.
In regards to gubernatorial experience.... I do think it is great experience for a chief executive, but in the current political climate unless they are superstars governors are not getting the national exposure needed to raise the money that a Senator gets. Not so sure on the value of corporate experience to be honest. There are plenty of bad corporate executives out there to be sure. And I do not fully feel that the corporate model can be ported exactly to the public sector. Ultimately I would change this to leadership experience. This does not necessarily mean being the guy at the top, I think having a diverse resume of experience here matters.
I might just change that to legislative experience. Take that as you wish. But I think that somebody who aspires to be President should have some understanding and appreciation for the process of law making.
Not so sure about this to be honest. But generally speaking most Presidential candidates have been of some means... or have had the ability to generate the money necessary to run for office. As long as it does not prevent them from understanding issues facing everyday Americans across all SES levels then I don't see it either as a plus or minus.
|Quoting Sv7887 (Thread starter):|
I don't remember FDR's background. Was he wealthy or just an "ordinary" American.
FDR came from a very wealthy background. Certainly far from an ordinary American. But for whatever reason he was very a tuned to the needs of the common man.
|Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 3):|
I wonder what experience would be optimal. A scientist, engineer, or the typical MBAs we see these days?
We see a lot of MBAs and JDs in the halls of power these days. Don't really think that is a bad thing. Though I would be inclined to think that in the process of making laws a JD
may be of more value than an MBA. Certainly I think the criticism of business schools is louder than of law schools. A lot of group think and fads going on in MBA programs. While people may not like lawyers an education at a top law school is certainly pretty robust and diverse. I think somebody with a background in the physical and life sciences would be interesting. Though in general I think anyone with a good background in the liberal arts and is well read should suffice. Perhaps a philosophy major.
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