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Posted: 9/29/2011 11:09:15 AM EST
If you could handpick the next POTUS, who would it be?

It does not have to be any of the current candidates and/or President.

CVN
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:10:30 AM EST
Me. I agree with all of my own political views.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:10:36 AM EST


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Cant be any worse.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:11:23 AM EST
I can do at least as good of a job as a community organizer
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:11:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:13:31 AM EST by Veracity]
Zombie Reagan for the win, bitches.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:13:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:17:19 AM EST by Ret_Puddle_Pirate]

Originally Posted By cmeyer001:
I can do at least as good of a job as a community organizer

So.....That's saying that you are a worthless, lazy, crooked back biting, asshole????
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:14:24 AM EST
Sarah Palin.
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Mitch Daniels.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:17:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:21:22 AM EST by E-Mag]
Meh I would trade the president for a solid majority of like minded conservative House and senate members.

EDIT actually now that I think more about it the supreme court upcoming vacancies scare me. I would go with the president.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:17:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:18:13 AM EST by USMCRONIN]
Dakota Meyer
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:18:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:19:16 AM EST by bluezerosix]
Sarah Palin.

***OR***

Rand Paul.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:18:49 AM EST
Ron White.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:19:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:19:44 AM EST by MajorStumpDemon]
Originally Posted By cmeyer001:
I can do at least as good of a job as a community organizer


can you?

now me.. i have the right conservative slant. and a bit of the old knowledge. but i have never managed anything in my life much more than myself.

the point im making is this, its maybe 10 percent ideas and 90 percent being a leader, getting folks to do what needs to be done, whether thats by scarring the crap out of them, or leading from the front or being machiavelli.

thats why the way we pick our president sucks. its all about presentation. and zero about ability. and sometimes you dont know if the captain knows how to drive a ship until you're lost at sea. and in our system. that means 3 or 4 years on gilligans island (with the only the wookie, no maryann and no ginger).

who would i pick? since this is fantasy time. i'd take either reagan in his prime or goldwater.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:20:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By Deej86:
Mitch Daniels.


Jack Daniels.

I like his policies.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:20:30 AM EST
Me.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:21:26 AM EST
Mitch McConnell
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:21:48 AM EST
the sane Paul, Rand.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:21:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:22:11 AM EST
Aimless
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:22:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By myfakename:
Mitch McConnell

wut?
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:22:24 AM EST
Thomas Jefferson!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:22:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By Veracity:
Zombie Reagan for the win, bitches.



You want him to sign another machine gun ban!?
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:23:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cypher15:
the sane Paul, Rand.


I'd go with either of 'em.

Or myself...although I'm not 35 yet.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:23:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By millfire517:
Thomas Jefferson!!!!!!!!!


Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:25:20 AM EST
It would be me, then look the fuck out.

Massive cuts across the board, except military.

I
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:25:32 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:27:20 AM EST
The man who said this about gun control:

"You might be able to imagine the perfect law that allows just the right people to own just the right types of guns, while prohibiting other citizens from owning inappropriate firearms. But remember, you’re only imagining such a law; it will never be a reality.
    The only valid policy is to have no laws regulating the ownership of guns, but to hold every citizen responsible for whatever harm he initiates against others-with or without a gun. As always, you really have only two choices. Either:
  • Politicians will decide what people can own-and they will never stop their prohibitions at the point you believe best.
  • Or. People will decide for themselves what they can own.
Any apparent middle ground between the two actually gives the politicians the power to do as they please. And such decisions will be made on the basis of who has the most political influence. So attempts to limit gun ownership do more to promote the political interests of well-connected people than to reduce crime."

Read more

He ran for president. Couldn't get the media coverage he needed, though.

I can't appoint him because, unfortunately, he has passed away. But I can't appoint the president anyway, so why not choose a dead man?

Harry Browne.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:28:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bradders:
Jeremy Clarkson


That works for me.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:28:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By possumlivingdotcom:
The man who said this about gun control:

"You might be able to imagine the perfect law that allows just the right people to own just the right types of guns, while prohibiting other citizens from owning inappropriate firearms. But remember, you’re only imagining such a law; it will never be areality.
    The only valid policy is to have no laws regulating the ownership of guns, but to hold every citizen responsible for whatever harm he initiates against others-with or without a gun. As always, you really have only two choices. Either:
  • Politicians will decide what people can own-and they will never stop their prohibitions at the point you believe best.
  • Or. People will decide for themselves what they can own.
Any apparent middle ground between the two actually gives thepoliticians the power to do as they please. And such decisions will be made on the basis of who has the most political influence. So attempts to limit gun ownership do more to promote the political interests of well-connected people than to reduce crime."

Read more

He ran for president. Couldn't get the media coverage he needed, though.

I can't appoint him because, unfortunately, he has passed away. But I can't appoint the president anyway, so why not choose a dead man?

Harry Browne.



Harry Browne was a piece of shit.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:31:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By possumlivingdotcom:
The man who said this about gun control:

"You might be able to imagine the perfect law that allows just the right people to own just the right types of guns, while prohibiting other citizens from owning inappropriate firearms. But remember, you’re only imagining such a law; it will never be areality.
    The only valid policy is to have no laws regulating the ownership of guns, but to hold every citizen responsible for whatever harm he initiates against others-with or without a gun. As always, you really have only two choices. Either:
  • Politicians will decide what people can own-and they will never stop their prohibitions at the point you believe best.
  • Or. People will decide for themselves what they can own.
Any apparent middle ground between the two actually gives thepoliticians the power to do as they please. And such decisions will be made on the basis of who has the most political influence. So attempts to limit gun ownership do more to promote the political interests of well-connected people than to reduce crime."

Read more

He ran for president. Couldn't get the media coverage he needed, though.

I can't appoint him because, unfortunately, he has passed away. But I can't appoint the president anyway, so why not choose a dead man?

Harry Browne.


You do realize that 2nd Amendment issues aren't the only issues that are important, right?
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:31:52 AM EST
John Ashcroft.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:37:10 AM EST
John Locke
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:39:04 AM EST
Yaron Brook
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:40:52 AM EST
Representative (and former Lt. Col.) Allen West
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:40:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By Partisan:
Me. I agree with all of my own political views.


Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:43:28 AM EST
Ron Johnson.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:43:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bradders:
Jeremy Clarkson


Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:44:43 AM EST
P.J. O'Rourke, unless I could successfully reanimate Barry Goldwater

Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:44:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 11:52:15 AM EST by KN]
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:45:45 AM EST
CHUCK NORRIS!
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:45:56 AM EST
I am the best candidate for the job.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:49:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Alien:
Originally Posted By possumlivingdotcom:
The man who said this about gun control:

"You might be able to imagine the perfect law that allows just the right people to own just the right types of guns, while prohibiting other citizens from owning inappropriate firearms. But remember, you’re only imagining such a law; it will never be areality.
    The only valid policy is to have no laws regulating the ownership of guns, but to hold every citizen responsible for whatever harm he initiates against others-with or without a gun. As always, you really have only two choices. Either:
  • Politicians will decide what people can own-and they will never stop their prohibitions at the point you believe best.
  • Or. People will decide for themselves what they can own.
Any apparent middle ground between the two actually gives thepoliticians the power to do as they please. And such decisions will be made on the basis of who has the most political influence. So attempts to limit gun ownership do more to promote the political interests of well-connected people than to reduce crime."

Read more

He ran for president. Couldn't get the media coverage he needed, though.

I can't appoint him because, unfortunately, he has passed away. But I can't appoint the president anyway, so why not choose a dead man?

Harry Browne.


You do realize that 2nd Amendment issues aren't the only issues that are important, right?

I don't necessarily agree with everything he ever said. Do you agree with everything your choice ever said?
And just because I posted what he said about the second amendment (on a gun forum, imagine that!) doesn't mean that was the only thing I considered.
  • Abortion is wrong; but no federal authority to deal with it. (Sep 2000)
  • Return abortion to checkerboard of state laws. (Sep 2000)
  • No "War on Abortion”, despite his personal opposition. (Jun 2000)
  • No gov’t funding of abortion, but no prohibitions either. (Jan 2000)
  • No govt imposition; encourage private alternatives. (Dec 1998)
  • The federal government should have no role in the matter. (May 1996)
  • Abortion is wrong, but govt has no role in it. (Jul 1995)
  • Entire federal budget should be $100B, not $1.8T. (Sep 2000)
  • Return to the gold standard; end Federal Reserve. (Jun 2000)
  • Budget surplus is over-taxation, so return it all. (Jan 2000)
  • Decrease defense & police $; eliminate everything else. (Jan 2000)
  • Neither Dems nor Reps "reign in spending”. (Mar 1999)
  • Amendment: Limit spending to prior year’s revenue. (May 1996)
  • Against block grants; repeal income tax instead. (May 1996)
  • Priorities: cut budget; repeal income tax; pay off debt. (May 1996)
  • Great Depression was caused by federal monetary policies. (Jul 1995)
  • Politicians don’t want to reduce government. (Jul 1995)
  • Reduce budget from $1.5 trillion to $385 billion. (Jul 1995)
  • Get rid of $5 trillion debt by selling federal assets. (Jul 1995)
  • Consenting adults should have Civil Unions, but not federal. (Aug 2000)
  • Racist hiring practices hurt companies & are self-limiting. (Aug 2000)
  • Supreme Court was right to allow Boy Scouts to exclude gays. (Aug 2000)
  • Base federal hiring on qualifications, not race. (Aug 2000)
  • Recruiting minorities for federal positions is OK. (Aug 2000)
  • Gay marriage is up to the two individuals, not the state. (Jul 2000)
  • Partnership benefits for gay govt employees, but not private. (Jul 2000)
  • President should stay out of questions of gay marriage. (Jan 2000)
  • Flag burning is protected political speech. (Jan 2000)
  • Racism is immoral; but end affirmative action. (Jan 2000)
  • Remove government power to fight victimless crimes. (Jun 1999)
  • Bank rules against drugs hurt privacy. (Jun 1999)
  • Federal govt should be color-blind. (May 1996)
  • No School Prayer Amendment. (May 1996)
  • Pardon all non-violent drug, tax, & gun prisoners. (Sep 2000)
  • Crime Bill gives govt more power; won’t stop teen violence. (Sep 2000)
  • No hate crime legislation; prosecute for crimes, not motives. (Jul 2000)
  • Mandatory sentencing takes jail space from real criminals. (Jan 2000)
  • No federal law enforcement; let states handle crime. (Jan 2000)
  • First priority: pardon non-violent offenders. (Aug 1999)
  • Stop prosecuting victimless crime; real crime then decreases. (Aug 1999)
  • End the War on Drugs to free up prisons and police. (Jul 1998)
  • Against capital punishment. (May 1996)
  • Against anti-terrorist laws, since the hurt the innocent. (May 1996)
  • Most federal law enforcement is unconstitutional. (Jul 1995)
  • Harsh sentences imprison 683,000 citizens; not drug kingpins. (Sep 2000)
  • We can’t mandate an end to personal tragedies, like drugs. (Jul 2000)
  • Let states decide drug laws, not feds. (Jul 2000)
  • Drug War breaches 4th Amendment civil rights. (May 2000)
  • Drug War makes streets a war zone. (Jan 2000)
  • Decriminalize pot; end the war on drugs. (Jan 2000)
  • Admits pot use; but it’s none of your business. (Aug 1999)
  • Crime rate soared in 70s Drug War like in 30s Prohibition. (Aug 1999)
  • Replace costs of enforcement with costs of addiction. (Aug 1999)
  • Legalization removes the rebellious appeal of drugs. (Jul 1999)
  • Increased govt monitoring does nothing to reduce drug use. (Jul 1999)
  • Bank profiles aimed at drug dealers will fail. (Feb 1999)
  • Schools were safer before the War on Drugs. (Jul 1998)
  • Pardon non-violent drug offenders to free prison space. (May 1996)
  • Govt has no Constitutional authority to prohibit any drugs. (May 1996)
  • No funding anti-gang programs; end Drug War to end gangs. (May 1996)
  • War on Drugs is a crusade against victimless crimes. (Jul 1995)
  • Marijuana is not unconditionally evil; allow medical use. (Jul 1995)
  • Truth is a casualty in the War on Drugs. (Jul 1995)
  • You know what’s best for your family better than politicians. (Sep 2000)
  • "Family Values” means politicians decide for your family. (Sep 2000)
  • Gay adoption OK; all adoptions are private contracts. (Jul 2000)
  • Families are the first dept. of Housing, Education & Welfare. (Jan 2000)
  • Repeal income tax so parents can afford education. (May 1996)
  • Less govt & lower taxes means better child raising. (Jul 1995)
  • Enforcing "responsible entertainment” is censorship. (Jul 1995)
  • Patient Rights only needed because of govt HMO subsidies. (Sep 2000)
  • Assisted suicide is a state issue, not federal. (Aug 2000)
  • Encourage AIDS cure by getting govt out of AIDS research. (Jul 2000)
  • Get government out of health care & costs will plummet. (Jan 2000)
  • Prescription rules should be controlled by states, not FDA. (Aug 1999)
  • FDA has caused needless deaths by delaying medications. (Aug 1999)
  • Doctors & insurers should regulate drugs, not FDA. (Aug 1999)
  • Against tobacco lawsuits funding more health programs. (Mar 1999)
  • Abolish FDA; get govt out of health care. (May 1996)
  • Medicare has caused higher health costs. (Jul 1995)
  • 1992 Health Plan all about coercion, not compassion. (Jul 1995)
  • Government can improve health care by getting out of it. (Jul 1995)
  • Florida is full of partisan power brokers. (Nov 2000)
  • Libertarian issues have shifted Dems and Reps. (Sep 2000)
  • Running to build Libertarian Party; not as "spoiler”. (Sep 2000)
  • Top priorities: Pardon drug offenders; reduce regulations. (Sep 2000)
  • Little difference between Dems & Reps; hopes to be spoiler. (Sep 2000)
  • Libertarianism means freedom to live your own life. (Sep 2000)
  • Libertarian principle: can’t solve social problems by force. (Sep 2000)
  • Gradualism won’t work; do it all swiftly. (Sep 2000)
  • Only a Libertarian is going to set you free. (Jul 2000)
  • Libertarians lay out goals and let you plan your own life. (Jan 2000)
  • Priorities: End income tax, drug war, & commercial meddling. (Jan 2000)
  • Basic principle: Government needs to be smaller. (Aug 1999)
  • Young people are right to be scared of big government. (Jul 1999)
  • Morality governs personal behavior, not military action. (Jun 1999)
  • Individual liberty and responsibility on all issues. (Apr 1998)
  • Fiscally conservative and socially liberal...? (Apr 1998)
  • Replace the use of political force by reducing govt. (Nov 1997)
  • Shrink govt now; come up with non-govt solutions later. (Nov 1997)
  • Washington cannot be a source of moral leadership. (May 1996)
  • Government means use of force instead of persuasion. (Jul 1995)
  • Get Social Security out of politician’s hands. (Sep 2000)
  • Budget surplus doesn’t exist-it’s all the Trust Fund. (Jan 2000)
  • End the government Social Security system. (Jan 2000)
  • Social Security squanders your retirement money. (Nov 1999)
  • Social Security is a pyramid scheme. (Nov 1999)
  • Take social security away from politicians entirely. (Apr 1998)
  • Shut it down; buy annuities with asset sales. (Jun 1997)
  • Irresponsibility does not justify Social Security. (Jun 1997)
  • SSI tax has risen from 2% to 15% & will continue to rise. (Jul 1995)
  • One-time pay off of all people over 50, with means testing. (Jul 1995)
  • Repealing federal income tax will end state income taxes too. (Sep 2000)
  • Don’t simplify or replace taxes-shrink government instead. (Sep 2000)
  • Removing marriage penalty isn’t good enough-veto it. (Aug 2000)
  • Shut down the IRS as an Executive Order. (Aug 2000)
  • Principle is zero tax; Bush’s is 1/3 of income as tax. (Aug 2000)
  • End income tax & replace it with nothing. (Jan 2000)
  • Eliminate most fees & taxes, including income tax. (Jan 2000)
  • No flat tax nor sales tax; super-majority to raise taxes. (Jan 2000)
  • Reduce size of govt so income taxes aren’t needed. (Aug 1999)
  • Flat Tax would require 30% rate and still need IRS. (Apr 1998)
  • Abolish the IRS and the income tax. (Apr 1998)
  • The Great Libertarian Offer: No income tax, but. (Apr 1998)
  • Repeal taxes and don’t replace with sales tax nor flat tax. (May 1996)
  • 10% flat tax OK, if no income tax returns. (Jul 1995)
  • 5% sales tax OK, if income tax is eliminated. (Jul 1995)

Link Posted: 9/29/2011 11:51:08 AM EST
Bubbles and Julian 2012!
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 12:05:47 PM EST
i think you could pick a random Social Security number and make the person President,
And be no worse off than we are now.
Probably better.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 12:19:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 12:19:48 PM EST by cmeyer001]
Originally Posted By MajorStumpDemon:
Originally Posted By cmeyer001:
I can do at least as good of a job as a community organizer


can you?

now me.. i have the right conservative slant. and a bit of the old knowledge. but i have never managed anything in my life much more than myself.

the point im making is this, its maybe 10 percent ideas and 90 percent being a leader, getting folks to do what needs to be done, whether thats by scarring the crap out of them, or leading from the front or being machiavelli.

thats why the way we pick our president sucks. its all about presentation. and zero about ability. and sometimes you dont know if the captain knows how to drive a ship until you're lost at sea. and in our system. that means 3 or 4 years on gilligans island (with the only the wookie, no maryann and no ginger).

who would i pick? since this is fantasy time. i'd take either reagan in his prime or goldwater.


What I can do is read any piece of legislation that crosses my desk with an eye on Article 1, Section 8. If the legislation oversteps those bounds, I veto.
Any budget not balanced, I veto.
I can appoint strict constructionist judges.
I can cancel pretty much every executive order.
I can direct federal agencies to dramatically reduce their staff's, Dept of Education would be reduced to a panel of 5 people. Their job is to help state Dept's of Ed coordinate education conferences as needed to establish any standards the states deem necessary.
Dept of Health and Human Services, reduced to one employee, the presidential fitness trainer.

And I can use the bully pulpit to hammer the message to the public that the only thing that matters is fiscal responsibility and limited federal government.
If they want an intrusive all controlling government, they can move to a state that will provide that, thats the beauty of federalism.

This alone would far exceed the accomplishments of dear leader.

Link Posted: 9/29/2011 12:20:36 PM EST
EXPCustom
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 12:21:23 PM EST

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