Should we amend the constitution to require security clearances for presidential candidates.
In 1776, we were the terrorists, the one that had committed treason, but today we are threatened by global terrorists. So why aren't we vetting our presidential candidates, as well as any congressional candidates.
It took me forever to get my secret clearance years ago. and we didn't have terrorists back then.Why should politicians running for a US office not be put through the same vetting process of getting a secret clearance at a minimum?
Like you, I once asked myself this same question. I decided that Presidential candidates go though so much scrutiny during their campaigns that the point is moot. And security clearances are arbitrary inventions. Heads of state, like monarchs or presidents, are and should be exempt from such bureaucratic red tape required by lower-level government officers who could cause problems without the whole world knowing about it.
Old-Empresario is right - the vetting process we have in the U. S. with our extremely long campaigns is the most stringent in the world. The "clearances" are applied both by the media, and by political opponents who have "opposition research" teams specifically dedicated to digging up any dirt they can find on other candidates.
And here's a real problem with the security clearance idea: what happens the first time a candidate is refused a clearance? Think of the months of confusion as charges of bias are flung at whoever makes that assessment. Unless there's some smoking gun (which the media would certainly ferret out on their own), any denial of a clearance would probably lead to such intense controversy that the whole electoral process would be thrown into upheaval.
I have to disagree with both of you.
Until a person get elected there is no privilege. The privilege is given to the office and not the person.
Any denial of the clearance would indicate a serious reason why that person shouldn't be president
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