Discussion in 'Politics' started by Inthemiddle, Aug 31, 2012.
Is it a bad idea to have attorneys as President?
NO, he was spot on about leadership. If its not working replace them. I think that's a tenet worth heeding!
Do you really expect the president to be any different from the rest of congress?
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-gKXlaEExY]Neil deGrasse Tyson on Bill Maher - YouTube[/ame]
Neil deGrasse Tyson: You know what my concern is about Congress? I checked these numbers: 57% of the Senate, 38% of the House cite "law" as their profession. And, when you look at law, law is … well what happens in the courtroom? It doesn't go to what's right, it goes to who argues best. And there's this urge, the entire profession is founded on who the best arguers are.
Maher: Right, a courtroom is not about the truth, it's about … the theory, if I get what you're saying, is that each side argue their version and then the truth somehow emerges.
Tyson: That's the *premise*; however, the practice, which, for example, is bred in debating teams, for example, where you know the subject, but you don't know which side you're going to be put on to argue. And so the act of arguing, and not agreeing, seems to be fundamental to that profession, and Congress is half that profession. And I realized this when I was a kid. I was 12 and I said, "I wonder what profession all these Senators and Congressmen were." Law, law, law, law, businessman, law, law. And I said, "There's no scientists? Where are the engineers? Where's the rest of life represented?" And so when I look at the conflicts, the argumentative conflicts, I just sit back and say, ya know, "Can I buy an engineer, please? Or scientist?" Put somebody … a businessman … a business person, who knows how to make a hard but significant financial decision because at the end of the day they've got to make their books work. I'm screaming, I'm sorry.
Don't those guys make film or something?
And what about having attorneys as President?
The guy who was Kodaks partner. I thought Eastman had been dead for decades ?
Now Dirty Hairy, Klint Eastenberger was right.
We need more ammo.
Okay, I know, I made a typo. That's what I get for doing three things at once across different windows. Moving on, was he right about attorneys in the Oval Office?
You can edit the thread title to correct your typo.
No, it won't let me.
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