i would assume he would have at least a basic understanding of Americas role in the world, and have formulated some ideas as to whether or not he agreed with our foriegn policy before risking his life. Blind Faith is not what this country was founded on, and does little to keep it free
See I like it when you try to twist the meaning of what I mean by "serve" we are talking about the military did you ever serve in the military and do you have first hand knowledge of what a kid knows when he enter the military, I do.
Just to be nice I will tell you that I believe teaching is one of the most important jobs in this country.
yes, i have very good first hand knowledge of what a kid knows when he enters the military because I teach HS
what does this have to do with anything anyway? We are talking about whether their should be some minimum standards or qualifications for someone to choose our leaders.
I think the big factor is does this individual no matter who they are in life, care about politics enough to vote? You have college educated people who are oblivious to anything in politics. Then you have someone in the working class who pays a lot of attention to the issues because they know that it will directly impact their lives that they have worked so hard to build.
I have my Master's Degree, I vote. Not because I went and got an education, and I feel that is what I have to do because I am "educated." My parents instilled in me that voting is important, because what we vote on now will have an impact on our future. Even when in college I went and voted in every little local election that we had.
I remember a few years ago, my brother was a freshman in college at the time, I took him with me to go vote early in the morning before we had classes. He went to his English class, and the professor who was extremely direct asked the class how many of them knew it was a voting day. My brother raised his hand. The professor then asked who actually voted today, my brother raised his hand again. He was allowed to leave class for the day. The rest of the class was given a lecture on voting and government.
Ugly - as for people who have served. I think that they potentially take it to a different level. Because they know that there is a direct impact on their lives, because they are employed by the government. My older cousin who has a GED, joined the Army, and did extremely well for herself. She was on active duty for 8 years - everything directly impacted her. Including the two tours she did in Iraq. So because she is "uneducated" that means she should not vote - I think NOT!
Champions are made while no one is watching.