Do you think our political leaders should be more educated for the job?
My hub Our Leaders Should be Educated looks at the fact that politicians are probably the only proffesion that doesn't need further education to advance. Do you think this should change?
I do not think a formal education should be a criterea for seeking a political leadership position; I hold this believe because education can be garnered in many ways, and sometimes life's education (experienece) is more valuable than anything you can get in a classroom.
Another reason I do not think this should be the case, is that educated people like me sometimes loose their humility and soul, and try to play omnipotent when in office.
George Bush is highly educated and so is Barack Obama, and you can argue that the next door Barber/Baker could do no worse than them.
I think that they should undergo psychological testing.Intelligence and knowledge are important but they don't give anyone social skills based on good character.
Look at the police department ,they rutinely use it before hiring anyone.Intelligence does not mean that you are compassionate or have ethical and moral behviour.
Former president Clinton comes to mind with his statements when confronted with having illicit sex with Monica Lewinski when he rationalized his actions by saying Qoute "I did not have sex with that woman" and Richard Nixion who publicly said Quote "I'm not a thief" .Why in the world would he have to say that ,if he felt had no need to defend himself from the accusation?
I would think that anyone who works for the so called "Intelligence agencies" such as the C.I.A.,F.B.I.,N.S.A.,etc all do psychological testing before hiring their employees but then from what I've heard they probably don't feel the need to do psychological testing for mental and moral stability seeing that they are sometimes involved with assassinations of foriegn leaders and some claim even our own leaders.Civil rights leaders as well as possibly our own president as some claim.
The problem does not lie with the education. It lies with the intent. Anyone of reasonable mind and education can go to elective office and function. It's the power that they try to wield, the greed that is motivated, etc. that create the issues. Pork Barrel bills (i.e. Earmarked Spending as polticians like to call it) does not just accidently get attached to some critical bill at midnight on Saturday when it is passed. No, that the blank check that others in the organization threw in to get the necessary votes to pass the legislation. Our system is corrupt because the people functioning within it are corrupt regardless of how well they are trained. It all comes down to morals, character, and intent. WB
I think they need job experience. Too many of them have never run anything except a campaign before. There are too many Harvard types and not enough will real job experience.
Um, YEAH! (Is this a trick question?)
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