American ATSers .. here’s a bit of fun for you. 2011 is when the 2012 candidates declare their candidacy. Let us all know what your version of
what a good candidate/platform would be for the 2012 US Presidential election. What do you want to hear from the candidates? If there were a perfect
candidate, what would he or she (or they?) stand for? Fill in the blanks and add your own ideas. Lets see if we can find someone to fit the bill.
(Yes, this won’t happen. Yes, the shadow gov’t will pick someone for us. Yes, we really have no say and it doesn’t matter. But just for the
heck of it …. What who/would YOU like to see?? Go ahead, dream BIG!)
Requirements for POTUS is that he/she is an American born American Citizen, age 35 or older. But QUALIFICATIONS are different. These would be my
choices for what qualifies a POTUS for me to want to vote for him or her.
According to me - FlyersFan – the best candidate/platform –
Citizenship: US born American citizen. It’s the law and it’s a good law to keep in place.
Education: Must know and understand the law of the land and the Constitution. As Commander in Chief, must understand military history and strategy.
Finance/economics would be a plus as well.
Experience: Executive experience running a state or major corporation. Military experience as an officer in charge of troops, or military posts, or
brigades, etc counts even more. Financial management experience would be a big plus. No ½ term governors like Palin. No ‘community
organizers’ like Obama. REAL experience that qualifies a person to be POTUS. Neither of them fit the bill.
Creed: I admit it; I don’t want anyone ‘really into’ whatever their religion is. I’m afraid it would carry over into the secular business of
the office of POTUS. Folks ‘really into’ whatever their religion is hardly ever keep it private IMHO.
Political Party: Irrelevant. I admit I’d like to see someone other than a democrat or republican, but the person who is best qualified should get
the job. I understand that a POTUS needs support in congress to back up policies, and that’s a bit of a factor.
Defense: Strong defense. That means strong defense contracts and keeping up with the latest technological advancements. This is also good for the
US economy. Keeps people employed with steady jobs and good incomes. Good pay for our volunteers in the armed services. Do not weaken America.
Only go to war when directly threatened. No more ‘proactive’ wars unless it’s really obvious .. and Iraq isn’t.
Border security: I want someone who will FINALLY secure our borders. They are wide open and many dangerous people are crossing into this country
every day. The open borders and the criminals that come across cost this country billions of dollars.
States rights: Less government is the best government. The federal government isn’t supposed to be all things to all people. States have a right
to run themselves as they see fit. The only time the feds should step in is if the state law effects other states in a negative manner. Example –
if Arizona decided to be one big safe haven for illegals then that would be negative for the states connecting with it. Then the feds could step
Ethenol: STOP burning our food supply.
Oil drilling: Drill ANWR.
"Green Technology": Encourage but be reasonable. Those stupid light bulbs that we all have to use are NOT ecologically friendly and they put the
American business - GE - out of the lightbulb business. From a defense standpoint, this is insane.
Cap and Trade: This is a scam and it's bad for America too. It should be ground into the dirt under our feet.
Fed Reserve: End the Fed.
Physician Assisted Suicide: Supports physician assisted suicide to be made legal in every state for any adult that wants it for any reason. Yes ..
it’s part of health care reform IMHO and long overdue. Supports this internationally for anyone on the whole planet.
Health care reform: Reform it. Keep what is good in the new package (kids stay on parents policies until 26, etc). Get rid of the unsustainable
bulk of it. Start over with the parts that have to be tossed.
Taxes: Get rid of the current income tax system. Institute a flat tax. Everyone pays the same percentage no matter how much or how little you make.
And no bringing back the death tax.
Foreign Aid: Stop sending foreign aid overseas and instead give aid to Americans here in America who are in need. The Appalachians are a great place
to start with this.
Disclosure: Full and honest disclosure. I want a POTUS and government that will stop treating us as children. Tell us the truth. The truth about
ET; the truth about that Chinese missile off California; the truth about corporate giants running the world; the truth about it all etc etc Treat us
International: Stops apology tours. Stops sending aid to people who hate us. Stops sending troops overseas to alleged hot spots when we need them
here on our own borders. Let other countries pick up the international troop burden for a change.
Term Limits: A call for a national vote on term limits for those elected to DC – senate, house. The POTUS could do that. He or she would be
hammered by those in office but he/she could still call for the vote. It would get the momentum going.
Pro Life/ Pro Abortion: This doesn’t matter. The law is set and it supports abortion. The POTUS has no say in this.
Don't ask/Don't tell: BAH! Americans who are homosexual have been defending this country since even before it was declared a soverign nation. The
policy to keep homosexuals out of the military is absurd and it doesn't work anyways. In the military no one is allowed to show public displays of
affection. Therefore, this law is just homophobic. Dump it.
Presidency: Runs a more FRUGAL White House. No more ‘every Wednesday cocktail party’ like Michelle Obama does. No more 100$ oz kobe beef plates
for dinner. No more renting out the entire Taj Mahal hotel and having a 3,000 person entourage. State dinners are necessary, but the fru-fru
United Nations: Declares Rockefellers gift of New York land to the United Nations to be null and void. Kicks the bums out. Gives the property to
the city of New York so it can recoup some of it’s losses from all those unpaid parking tickets the ‘diplomats’ rack up every year. The UN is a
corrupt cesspool and should be GONE.
NPR: End public funding. It's a joke. The money can go to MUCH better things elsewhere.
**I know that there is probably no candidate to fit this. But I said 'dream big'. And this is what I'd like to see. Feel free to add yours ...