Around this time of the year, presidency candidates typically hold a campaign, and citizens of the United States are induced by the candidates to vote them and let them lead the country.
The main question in every candidate is: What does it take to be the next U.S. President?
Even us, citizens, we never outgrow the question: What does it takes to lead a large country with a productive population?
Candidates are asked: “what, or who is a president?” almost daily but never: “What does it takes?”
Absolutely thinking, you are familiar with the technical definitions and qualifications that suggest an answer with the question: “what, or who is a president?”
President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. Etymologically, a “president” is one who presides, who sits in leadership (from Latin prae- “before” + sedere “to sit”; giving the term praeses). Originally, the term referred to the presiding officer of a ceremony or meeting (i.e. chairman); but today it most commonly refers to an official with executive powers.
Among other things, president today is a common title for the head of state of most republics, whether popularly elected, chosen by the legislature or a special electoral college. It is also often adopted by dictators.
1. Foreign Policy experience. After all, constitutionally speaking, a president’s main function is foreign policy.
2. Military experience. I admit this looks good on a resume, but I’m not sure how jumping in and out of fox holes while firing a machine gun lends itself to being a good President. Perhaps this should be restated as “military officer experience in a time of war.” Now that is impressive. One with this type of background has probably made life and death decisions that effected people other than himself.
3. Executive experience. Has the candidate actually run anything – a city? A state? A business? But more importantly, were he able to do it effectively?
The problem with this question is that they do not adequately answer the question: “What does it takes?”I guess the answer can be summarized in three words:
Acquire. It takes specialized leadership, political or management experience and education. A president needs to acquire experience and knowledge and be committed to a life long learning and experiencing process; possess far more managing and political knowledge than what is needed to pass existing series of problems of a country.
Voters should consider developing their own style of choosing who should be the one before voting and saying yes and/or serve in the country.
Apply. It takes the ability, capacity, willingness, and autonomy to apply the acquired political and management experience in presidency responsibility.
This is where rallies and protests came from. There are numbers of candidates who have knowledge, leadership, political experience and management experience but who are prohibited from doing so.
Advance. It takes a commitment to advance and apply the acquired presidency practices and procedures. In a real sense, presidents should look upon their work as a public service, never parlaying their position of trust for personal profit. A president has to be willing to advance their interests- not just the citizens of the country – to apply their acquired specialized knowledge regardless of form or amount of compensation.
What does it take to be a president? It takes a person who is well-educated, experienced, and well traveled. It should be someone who can apply their specialized knowledge, not to be burdened by regularly structure, committed to rising to the top of their profession and mastering the management of a country.