Should Prior Military Service be Required to Serve in Congress?

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Should Candidates for Congress Have Prior Military Service

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    That's this candidate's stand for a seat in the San Diego, Calif area.

    Former Navy SEAL Josh Butner, a congressional candidate from Calif., is under fire for comments he made taking a shot at his Democratic opponent for Congress, saying, “It should be a requirement to have served to even run.”

    The comment came in an interview with Voice of San Diego.

    When you look at anybody for any political office you should look at their past experiences. I served for 23 years,” Butner said in the interview. “It shows dedication and you’ve been exposed to foreign policy at the tip of the spear. I learned a lot about cultures, in conflict and cooperation. It should be a requirement to have served to even run.”

    It is not a constitutional requirement but I think it makes a great deal of sense. It also does not necessarily mean once they're in they will be true conservatives as McCain shows us. At least they will have "been in the trenches" and experience in actually serving this country.

    What's your take?

    From Calif. congressional candidate, a Navy vet, says prior service should be required to run for office
     
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    Why not require a PhD or at least a Masters, for all elected officials?

    While we're on the topic of making up new, unconstitutional rules.
     
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    You know, I kinda think that serving at least one enlistment in the military should be a requirement for being able to serve in Congress.

    At least then, maybe we could stop getting into pointless wars. Military people understand what a deployment means. Civilians don't.
     
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    I would say no. I've seen way too many people brainwashed in the military to be war mongers.
     
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    It would mean an end to the richest and scumbags like Trump managing to buy their way in there, at least.
     
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    What they should do is when there is a war you have to serve on the front lines for a week. 11B
     
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    Actually, those who have served in an active war zone are much less likely to want to go to war unnecessarily.

    I served 20 years, and was against the Iraq war. Removing Saddam is what gave rise to ISIL in Iraq. Saddam didn't like competition and stamped it out ruthlessly.

    Yeah, he was a bad man and a dictator, but at least he had a steel grasp on his country before he was ousted.
     
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    Is he planning on doing the leg work to get a Constitutional Amendment passed? Or did he just show us he has no idea what the requirements are, where they are, and how to change them?
     
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    Very true.
     
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    If you serve more than one enlistment in the military other than the Air Force or the Navy, you are pretty much guaranteed at least one deployment (6 months to a year) to a conflict zone.

    Me? I served in 4 different war zones and drew hazardous duty pay for it.
     
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