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Nope. No real requirements to run for public office in America. (Original Post) cilla4progress Jan 2021 OP
No education, no experience, no character required. Irish_Dem Jan 2021 #1
It's interesting, really. Anyone can run for office, pretty much. MineralMan Jan 2021 #2
I hope you are right, MM! cilla4progress Jan 2021 #3
Who should set the requirements? Obviously prohibitions on gunz are reasonable, but what about Hoyt Jan 2021 #4
Qualifications set up in the 18th century LeftInTX Jan 2021 #7
At that time the only people who would or even could afford to run for office The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2021 #9
In today's GOP that seems to be a feature and not a bug. The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2021 #5
"Does that seem OK to you?" WhiskeyGrinder Jan 2021 #6
Like a background check (no violent felonies) and cilla4progress Jan 2021 #8

MineralMan

(146,371 posts)
2. It's interesting, really. Anyone can run for office, pretty much.
Sat Jan 30, 2021, 01:22 PM
Jan 2021

That's why campaigns exist. They are supposed to provide time for people to learn more about the candidates. Usually, that works out OK, but not always.

However, it is always possible for an unworthy candidate to win an election, for whatever reason. It happens. Fortunately, they soon stand out as being unworthy of their office and are outnumbered by others who are competent, whether we agree with their political positions or not.

 

Hoyt

(54,770 posts)
4. Who should set the requirements? Obviously prohibitions on gunz are reasonable, but what about
Sat Jan 30, 2021, 01:30 PM
Jan 2021

education, beliefs, etc.

Voters should have more sense than to vote for trump, Taylor, Cruz, and the like, but I'm for limited requirements to run.

LeftInTX

(25,987 posts)
7. Qualifications set up in the 18th century
Sat Jan 30, 2021, 01:33 PM
Jan 2021

Maybe there a few laws that have been added to the books. But who makes those laws?

The Velveteen Ocelot

(116,187 posts)
9. At that time the only people who would or even could afford to run for office
Sat Jan 30, 2021, 02:19 PM
Jan 2021

were well-educated, upper-class white men (that is, pretty much the only people who could even vote) so they probably didn't think it was necessary to impose specific eligibility requirements on candidates.

cilla4progress

(24,861 posts)
8. Like a background check (no violent felonies) and
Sat Jan 30, 2021, 01:38 PM
Jan 2021

a HS degree too much to ask?

Like the nice lady says.

Each party should rise to the occasion. If they had, maybe we wouldn't have ended up with the disgraced ex- president and fascism at our doorstep.

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