Miniblog #98: Should the President Be a Veteran?
Popular wisdom says that our presidents should be military veterans. I’m gonna be honest, though. I’m sure this puts me in the minority opinion, but a military background does little for me in terms of one’s competency for being president. Does it mean he or she is less qualified for the Commander-in-Chief aspect? Yeah, probably. But so long as our elected officials aren’t omniscient and omnipresent, every one of ‘em will have strengths and weaknesses reflecting his or her life circumstances. A person who has a military background may well be deficient in, say, diplomacy… or economics… or education… law… You see my point. Oh, and by the time a person has lived long enough to accumulate real experience in most all these fields you’d be looking at having presidents in their 80s, e.g. Ron Paul. And the physical/mental decline as well as the lingering shadow of death at that age is, to my mind, more troublesome than any of these other deficiencies. Suddenly the VP issue comes rushing to the forefront. For example, it was the specter of a Palin presidency that caused me to shift my vote to Obama in ’08……. What think you?