Suicidal Zebra said:But don't you have faith in the American Electorate to elect someone suitable Anakha?
Meet the Press said:MR. RUSSERT: Here in Washington, Senator Hatch has introduced S.J. Resolution 15, and I'll put it on the board: "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the Office of President a person who has been a United States citizen for 20 years." How long have you been a citizen?
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: Since 1983, so it's more than 20 years.
MR. RUSSERT: So you're interested in this legislation.
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: Man, I should look at that because it sounds really good. I mean, are you going to help me? Come on, Tim. Come on.
MR. RUSSERT: Well, actually, about 10 years ago a friend of yours named Mr. Sly Stallone had a premonition in a movie called "Demolition Man." Let's watch this.
(Videotape, "Demolition Man" courtesy of Warner Bros.)
MR. RUSSERT: If you could, under the Constitution, run for president, would you?
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: Boy, if Sly would help me, I mean, of course I would. I have no idea. I haven't thought about that at all. I'll tell you that I'm so busy with our state. You know, California is a big state and a very complicated state. Right now I concentrate just on that to make sure that Prop. 57 and 58 passes, solve the problems as I've promised to resolve--our fiscal house, get that in order, get all the jobs back, make sure that we protect our environment. Those are the kind of issues--and to deal with our undocumented immigrants and those issues. So there's a lot of work ahead of me, so that's what I'm concentrating on.
MR. RUSSERT: But if someone's been a citizen for 20 years, they should have the right to run for president, don't you think?
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: Oh, absolutely. I think that, you know, times have changed. I think this is now a much more global economy. I think that there's so many people here in this country that are now from overseas, that are immigrants, that are doing such a terrific job with the work, bringing businesses here and all this, that there's no reason why not. I mean, the key thing is it's just that you understand the political system, how it works. And, you know, maybe people can be great contributors. I mean, look at the kind of contribution that people like Henry Kissinger has made; Madeleine Albright. I mean, there's many, many, many people here that have worked within the government and have done an extraordinary job and not have been born in America.
Yep Anakha, that is certainly an attitude I can appreciate. And heck, we pretty much invented sleezy politicians.Anakha1 said:In a word: no. I'd be unsurprised if the American Electorate voted in Britney Spears.
And I never pretended Canadians to be any better. The asshats in Parliament are considered gifted if they put their shoes on the right feet. In Canada we know, nay, expect our leadership to be useless. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best is what I always say. See, Americans always seem surprised when whoever the elected turns out to be a lying, weasley, morally bankruptâ€¦ wellâ€¦ a politician. Four months into it they wise up and say â€œWhoops!â€ Not Canada. Oh no. We start hating whoever we stuck in charge right away. No waiting around, no surprises! We KNOW that whoever we elected will be, 9 out of 10 times, a complete putz. Hell, we knew that before we elected him, so it cuts down on wasted time defending the guy.