silverback gorilla (jcruelty) wrote,
silverback gorilla

Presidential candidates should be selected by draft

For a long time now it's been apparent to me that you'd have to be insane to want to be President of the United States. Ergo, massive man-crush on Obama notwithstanding: the only people who run for office are insane.

To get around this problem, I think Presidential candidates should be selected via draft. I'm not sure how exactly the draft pool would be devised but assume some kind of egalitarian selection system that generates a pool of highly accomplished, capable individuals. The main thing would be this: nobody selected would particularly want to do it. They'd just have to, out of civic duty. It would be like jury duty, except longer-term and with the ability to launch nukes.

Don't you think this could lead to much better candidates then we get now?
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