Would you more, less, or equally likely to vote for a presidential candidate if you learned that he/she served in the military?
I think it's preferable for a Commander In Chief to know a thing or two about what he commands.
Also WOW. I read Kermie's anti-military statements below, and am truly amazed. His disrespect transcends from liberal hack to full blown traitor.
Equally, no more or less. Military experience might help make one a better employee in many cases, but I don't think it necessarily adds much to a presidential skill set.
I respect anyone who takes up arms for a cause. Also it shows that they care for their country.
More. Learned discipline.
Based on that alone, I'd say definitely more
It depends on what he did and what branch. Not every person in the military has the right mind set or skills to become a president
It wouldn't impact my decision. There's far left military too. John Kerry served and I wouldn't want him mowing my lawn. There was an ex-Marine in the House that was among the worst politicians of all time. Forgot his name now.
More. Service to this country is voluntary so volunteering to lay down your life in its defense is comendable.
That can give a slight edge all things equal but I didn't vote for McCain.
Not necessarily. Not all members of the military have the skill set needed for presidency. They'd need to agree with my views. These are all rather broad and I'm more specific in my choices. It really depends on the person in all cases.
Why would anybody vote "less"?
Well I think our defense budget needs to be cut substantially, so I'd prefer not to have someone in office sympathetic to the military.
Interesting. I think it would make me more likely to vote for them because they'd have first-hand experience with war and can best understand all the consequences of it. They'd probably be more likely to avoid war because they know all its evils.
For me it represents a poor life decision.
Puppy, I agree 100%.
@Kermie - Going into the military is a poor life decision?
With the military the way it stands today, yes. I don't know why anyone would choose to be complicit in its unethical behavior. I get that some impoverished minorities have very few other options,
but those people are very unlikely to be running for president.
So sad that Kermie has no idea what he is talking about. The military is a great thing for some people. It teaches them discipline, respect, compassion, gives them a sense of self worth, etc.
I think thats one of the most ignorant things I've heard. I don't champion our military or many of its decisions, but that burden is on the CiC. Military service shows a love of country not a love of political agenda.
@kermie - I figured you'd love the Navy...
I wouldn't serve again. Today's military is used to go around policing the world and NOT actually defending our country. We should mind our business for a damn change and quit enforcing UN resolutions. F*** the UN, Syria, Libya, and Ukraine.
...and Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the rest. Let then bleed and die for their own damn selves. When we actually need "defending" then I'll help.
Okie- you've left me speechless.
Ok. Just so you know, I typed those "***." The program didn't have to filter me. :-)
We'll, I sorta was agreeing with kermie. Is why you're speechless?
Yes, both reasons.
I'm still a loyal "devil dog" Rickvee style killer at heart, but I'm no longer infatuated with being part of the UN's police force under the guise of patriotism or duty.
Thanks HayleyS for the link: www.people-press.org/2014/05/19/for-2016-hopefuls-washington-experience-could-do-more-harm-than-good/