By - Left-End9148
Someone in their 40s who has the mental capacity to surround themselves with the right talent and actually has the common people in mind.
It's bittersweet how we are mostly all on the same page, yet we see how unrealistic this is.
Ok, I didn't want to run, but you've convinced me.
And I’ll be your running mate
I used to install cabinets. I don’t think it’s the same as being a cabinet member but how hard can it be right? Did we just develop an independent party??
Following the trend of electing older candidates they would have to exhume someone from their grave. They can’t get much older, do they?
We could reelect Carter, he only had one term.
Lol. Hang in there Jimmy! We've got one more term for ya!
He was probably the most decent human being who ever inhabited the White House. Maybe not the strongest president, though.
I would like someone that actually knows what WiFi is... bonus points if they've ever installed an app.
Best I can do is a octogenarian with a deep investment profile.
Hell I am just under 50 and feel like my son is living in a completely different world than I grew up in.
This seems like the big problem is by the time someone gets into office they are 2 or 3 generations behind on how the world works.
I'm 35 and *I'm* living in a completely different world than the one I grew up in.
I went from paper maps when I made my first road trip at 17 to mapquest in my early 20s to full GPS. I remember the Star Trek and TMNT communicators when I was a kid and how crazy sci-fi they seemed. Now I've got a device 100x as crazy in my pocket.
People half my age have at least twice the knowledge of geopolitics and other cultures than I had at their age. They seem wiser in a lot of ways than I am now too.
And I'm still young. Relatively. That's what makes it so wild.
imagine if running in an election meant actually running. Having an actual race.
I think I see where you're going with this... decathlon to decide the presidency! I love it. For far too long our presidents' javelin skills have been subpar. And that's being generous.
I’m 66 & would like to see someone 45-55 as our next president.
Eh, Bush Jr. used to run 7-8 minute miles when he was president.
I think it’s quite telling of how bad the current political landscape is that most people responding in this thread can only give conditions of things they wouldn’t want to see anymore rather than actual candidates.
This is really nothing against the people in this thread though because honestly I can’t think of a truly good candidate I’d want to see running either. It just shows how shitty our options are.
I’m so far down in these comments and literally no one has answered the question yet. Just ten different variations of “no old people”
It really is one of my main criteria. I would like to retire someday. These ancient politicians who apparently want to work until they die **do not represent people like me**.
The problem is that representatives are almost entirely chosen by voting demographics and particularly consistent voting groups. If a group is less consistent in its voting than others, it's really going to hamper that group getting representation within a party.
This particularly occurs with candidates playing to the youth vote, as younger votes 18-30 are extremely inconsistent compared to older age groups (particularly 55+). So a politician is not incentivized to play to that group to the same degree. This, in turn, leads to a feedback loop making the youth vote feel unrepresented, and thus less likely to vote.
The sad fact of the matter is that the only effective way to resolve this is for youth turnout to increase significantly and reliably. A politician is disincentivized from relying on the youth vote because it's a pure gamble in a zero sum game. As unfair as it may be, the only real way to break the cycle is for the youth vote to show consistent vote counts in multiple elections, even if non-preferred candidates are on the ballot. But that seems like something that's just not going to happen.
Orrin Hatch, who died yesterday, was a senator until 3 years ago. He was also, to put it mildly, an absolute ghoul of a man who did the kind of horrifying harm to society that most supervillains could only dream of.
The fact that anyone can do so much to negatively influence and shape a world that they will never live in is bonkers.
At least he retired at some point. Dianne Feinstein is older than he was when he died, and she’s still holding office! And who votes for these people?!
Hell, Feinstein was just revealed to be notably suffering from poor memory retention and other age-related issues, but the *goddamn harridan* refuses to retire.
She came somewhat close to losing to a Democratic challenger the last election (54 to 45 split, 5 points from losing), a relatively minor player from LA. Imagine if someone with an actual name behind them had challenged her. She needs to be put out to political pasture, and has been needing that since 2012.
She's older than the Golden gate bridge and represents that district. Invasive in New York City someone older than the Empire State building was in office representing it.
I get their job is important and not like they're just handling TPS reports for a company so once they have enough money to retire they should escape the Office Space hellscape. But fucking Christ groom one of your staffers to replace you and cheer them on wining your old seat.
These pricks are never satisfied to retire and let go of power. I don't want them to die or anything I just want I dunno Feinstein to find a decent 34 year old woman to replace her and spend time and her political connections making sure she gets elected instead of being the crypt keeper getting herself re elected.
Well it's easy to know what you don't like.
On the reverse, if you had to nominate someone, you'd want to nominate someone who's perfect. And it is a lot harder to find someone who satisfies all criteria than it is to find someone who fails at least 1.
Edit: it is like filtering items when you're shopping. You start applying filters to your search and whatever remains at the end must be the item(s) you like. If nothing remains, you remove the least important filter and so forth until you get a result. Whether or not that result is acceptable, well that's politics.
I'm just reminded of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
Anyone capable of becoming president should absolutely not be president.
Not to be pedantic, but part of the joy of Douglas Adams' writing is his choice of words and the rhythm of it. The quote is:
> To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
Thank you for posting the quote as written 😂
President of the Imperial Galactic Government
The President is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.
An orange sash is what the President of the Galaxy traditionally wears.
On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had. He spent two of his ten Presidential years in prison for fraud. Very very few people realize that the President and the Government have virtually no power at all, and of these very few people only six know whence ultimate political power is wielded. Most of the others secretly believe that the ultimate decision-making process is handled by a computer. They couldn't be more wrong.
If you are or will pass average life expectancy in your term I don’t want you to run
That would be an interesting limit: maxAge = avg(US life expectancy)-8.
Hell, might have the second-order effect that politicians are suddenly interested in the long-term health of Americans.
I really like this idea.
-9 because it would be judged before the beginning of the campaign and the campaign is also long.
Just round up to -10, or if not it needs to be defined as something unnecessarily complicated like "no individual who would pass the [average/median] life expectancy of an American permanent resident as measured by standards specified in [insert legal reference here] on or before the last possible date of holding this office may be elected to said office."
How about we just leave that position vacant? I find that I thrive under a lack of accountability
You're used to someone doing nothing for you, now it is time to let nobody do nothing for you.
America needs to learn how to be single for a while
>"How America Got Her Groove Back"
Someone in their 40s - 50s that gives a shit about the people and isn’t a political puppet for their party.
Barack Obama was 47 when he became president.
Yeah and whether you like his political moves or not, at the very least he didn't seem completely out of touch with the modern world.
And he is still just barely considered to be a boomer! Another fun fact: Presidents Clinton, Bush Jr, and Trump are all born within three months of each other on the same year.
My uncle Randy. He died in the nineties so it would be amazing to see him again.
I also choose this guys dead uncle.
There's a dude upthread that's pissed he missed posting this. Again.
ME 2024, I promise nothing and will deliver even less.
so status quo
And more honest
You have my vote sir
WERELOBSTER FOR PRESIDENT
"We promise nothing and deliver even less" was the mission statement of the Super Best Friends youtube channel, which was excellent. Therefore, you'll be a good president.
Less than nothing? I'm intrigued!
cthulhu, because why vote for the lesser of 2 evils when you can vote for the greatest.
His policy of ‘No Lives Matter’ really creates a sense of inclusivity and dread! He’s got my vote! fhtagn!
Once we are all eldritch fish creatures we shall truly be equal.
Should have put a serious tag on this one!
No celebrities please!
The response after this in my feed is Weird Al.
So you don’t want to live in an Amish Paradise?
No churning butter once or twice?
Also no tech billionaires, I BEG you.
Senator Palpatine seems like a good, honest and well intentioned man who loves our country
He does love Democracy
He is the senate, after all
It's treason then.
He took a stand against Leia's terrorist organization!
Let’s just temporarily make him president until the war is over. Then he’ll have to give up his emergency powers.
But he's got UNLIMITED POWAHH
Somehow he returned
I appreciate a leader who knows his history. Heard him talking about this "Tragedy" once and he seemed to really take it's message to heart.
He's not Valorum, and that's enough for me!
I move for a vote of no confidence in chancellor valorum!
He IS the senate
literally any responsible, lucid adult with a conscience and a will to act on it
Best I can do is the complete opposite of that.
This guy politics
I think nobody should be able to officially run for President till August 2024. No campaign ads till then. Campaign season should be 3 months long, not 2 years.
Australian here. Our PM election is happening now. It gets called 6 weeks before the election day. Has been a long 2 weeks already.
I groaned when I found out it was going to be 6 weeks. 4 weeks too many in my mind.
I also feel that Australian campaigns are becoming more like the American ones, with the slander, lies and bullying. Makes me sad.
American politics and Australians politics are interesting because American campaigns are awful and aggressive, but everyone nominally abides by the rules on the floor of the House and Senate. Australian campaigns are considerably more civil, but y'all also have things like Pauline Hanson wearing a burqa on the floor and members occasionally calling each other dickheads on the record.
It is annoying the jeering and heckling. So immature, disrespectful and unnecessary. I think the Aussies got it from the Pomms. It happens there too.
Common thread between the three is Murdoch media. Parallels in the political landscape between the three is eery, Morrison is basically a less bombastic Trump, Johnson with a smirk. There's more substance in a vacuum than in Morrison.
They also need to pass a much more difficult cognitive exam.
man, camera, woman, child, banana
Is this a pricing game?
$20, $15, $16.60, $30, $10?
It's a woman, Michael. How much can it cost, $16.60?
You've never actually been to a slave auction, have you Mom?
Narrator *she had been*
It’s impossible *not* to read that in Ron Howard’s voice
I doubled back to your comment just to check for the arrested development reference. Very good
person, woman, man, camera, TV
An honest, intelligent person between the ages of 40-55
With such a glowing endorsement, I think I’ll throw my hat into the ring.
Those kinds of people don't go into politics
And when they do they lose.
A golden retriever
Air Bud: Commander in Chief.
There's no rule that says a dog can't run for president.
If you assume Air Bud is 35 in dog years.
His canonical age is noted in the lore of the Air Bud cinematic universe. There were a few films that were loosely implied to be part of alternate timelines and realities, but I expect they'll tie it all back together in the 15th film.
Holy sh*t, I thought you were kidding when you said there were 15 of these cinematic masterpieces!
Doggy doggy what now?
Preferably one that can beat Woodchuck Couldchuck Berkowitz. Who's that dog?
Ain't no rule that says a dog can't be president.
35 is old for a dog. However, it is young for a tortoise! Tortoise for President,2024
Preferably someone younger and educated
add in some morals and critical thinking
Woah woah woah let’s not get crazy
My neighbor, Gregory. He's not a good guy or anything I just really want him to move.
I met a Gregory once in Wisconsin, he was my brother in laws neighbor and a very nice man. HELLO GREGORY
Hello future president
Hello thank you for the support.
Mr Tarantino is currently writing me one
I would like to propose [my dog](https://imgur.com/a/P8gsZcM) as your Vice President. His name is Gambit.
Are his shots up to date? Otherwise I do not see any issue with this proposal. 🇺🇸
True story: my neighbor walked up to me, about a week ago, to introduce himself. Says he's running for president in 2024 and would love my vote...he's like 50ish black man, real nice fellow. we live in butt fuck no where in NC.
But ay, if I see his name there, I'll give him a vote.
I live in butt fuck no where NC too, I'd love to vote for your random neighbor
Random Neighbor 2024.
Did reddit just start a campaign for greg 2024
No matter where you live , I will be there 🇺🇸
And then gone right? Gotta keep those Campaign Promises.
I’m not American or old enough to vote, but if I could, I’d vote for your neighbour.
Greg's got the underaged non-U.S. demographic locked down!
Greg’s got my vote.
Sweeping the nation with his brave and controversial message, Greg promises one thing and one thing only. He receives your vote and fucking leaves. Incredible success in the rarely captured demographics of doctor's offices, sports bars, and walmart checkout lines.
My slogan is “In and out”
Looks like you'll be having a new job soon. Congratulations sir!
Is dental included ?
No, but oral evidently is.
He need a Vice President? I got a Gregory next door too…
That would be a critical mass of Gregs. The concentration of Gregs in power must be kept at the right level or we face armageddon.
This is Gregory, I approve this message
This Greg (only Gregory when being yelled at) also approves.
I also choose this guy's bad neighbor.
My high school class president. He's just a really good guy and there's been jokes about how we'd all vote him into office if he ever runs. Hence why he was made class president.
On this note, Patrick.
Around "election season" during my junior year of high school, posters started appearing around the school that said "Patrick for President". Normally, no one cared about the elections and basically only voted for people they knew. However, this time was different. **Everyone** was talking about Patrick's campaign in the weeks leading up to the election. His only campaign promise was "Daily fire drills until fire has been eradicated".
Here's the thing, Patrick didn't go to our school. Not only that, he lived on the other side of the country. He had some friends at our school that were running his campaign for him and it picked up because people thought it was funny.
The student government refused to admit it, but it was kind of an open secret that Patrick got the most votes through write-in. Almost everyone I asked said they wrote in "Patrick".
I also knew a few people in student government and most denied that he won because they didn't want student government to seem like more of a joke than it was but one of them actually admitted that Patrick had the most votes by far but they were told to not say anything.
Did... did you go to Oak Ridge High School?
Holy shit wait Anthony?
I never thought I'd see this happen on Reddit but here we are
Never thought I'd be a part of it
I love this so much. I wonder how Patrick felt about his cross country stardom and foiled presidency.
He continued the "campaign" for a bit afterward and he actually posted something like last year but other than that the meme kinda fizzled out
>His only campaign promise was "Daily fire drills until fire has been eradicated".
Someone who is capable of physically running
Remember that Presidential physical fitness test we had back in middle school? Give that to the presidential candidates.
Franklin D Roosevelt would like a word
He can’t physically run or even have a word anymore. So he’s surely eliminated. *checks current politicians* okay maybe not surely eliminated.
Anyone touting single transferable vote / ranked voting.
I'm sick of a strictly two-party system.
How does single transferable voting work? I’m all for ranked choice voting
You vote for a primary and a secondary. If your primary choice drops out, your secondary gets your vote. You can technically have an indefinite number of priorities in this manner.
This allows you to safely vote for your favorite choice without losing any of the value of your vote as it gets pushed to the most successful candidate on your list.
That way, how "obvious" a candidate is going to win doesn't have to influence how you vote, and you can still vote for them as a reserve choice.
It is often considered one of the fairest voting systems in the world.
Is there any country/state that uses this system? It sounds really interesting, but does it actually pan out in practice?
Edit: I've learned a lot about this voting system from y'all's replies, thank you!
U/Geminii27 replied a link with [a list of places.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_transferable_vote#List_of_places_using_STV) that use this style of voting.
But the fact Australia and Ireland and a couple States in the U.S. use this system already were the main replies.
And the conclusion I'm getting is that it indeed "pans out" and it really needs to be implemented at the federal level here in the States!
Alaska! Our first ranked choice election is coming up!
Sweet! Hopefully it's successful, and it can spread to the federal level!
Also, Maine, New York City, & a few municipalities in Colorado.
Im Australian and we use a similar system where you number all the candidates and if your 1 has the least votes they look at everyone who boted for 1s 2 and they keep doing that until they have a majority candidate
Yup, in Ireland:
Some articles from that page include titles such as:
- "In Ireland, it actually feels like my vote makes a difference"
- "With STV in Ireland, politicians cannot afford to ignore people"
- "If people want change in Ireland, they can get it at the ballot box"
That's fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing the link. It's sounding better and better.
My university used it for student leadership elections, and I think they even successfully ported it to the city council elections too?
Its one of those rare things that is all upside with no real downside, and it isn't really all that difficult to implement either.
sadly there IS a downside...for those in power, desperately clinging to it, who have the power to actually implement it. Bit of a catch 22.
Strange Women Lying in Ponds Distributing Swords 2024
Anyone not owned by corporations
You wouldn’t vote for them because they don’t have enough ads for you to notice them
bad news, there's a reason they never win.
With how much power and influence they have over influencing campaigns I imagine this would be the biggest hurdle to overcome.
Somebody who isn't accepting money from billionaires and corporate interests
These people usually have to bow out of the primaries after like 2 weeks because they ran out of money for advertising.
Or they’re lied about, smeared, shut out, ignored by the legacy media, etc.
After reading through this thread, my only conclusion is that America is in trouble.
Katie Porter seems to know her shit. And she's under 120 years old.
I'll take that.
Is she the one with the white board?
That URL sounds like the government is selling steaks. No, not Trump steaks.
Finally, someone brave enough to actually give a (serious) name.
And it's a good one.
Jeez, "*someone honest and under 70*" repeated 2400 times + 1 "*my neighbor Greg*"
So we are all going with Greg right?
Seriously. This thread is just a list of traits and platitudes. "Somebody who believes in America and who is honest."
She's not a bad pick for the Dems, as far as finding compromise is concerned. She doesn't have the polarizing reputation that figures like AOC do—partially because she's a white woman—which she can also use to her benefit.
She also seems active toward pushing back against corporate greed in arenas like Big Pharma. I'm a leftist who will not be voting for Biden, but I would consider Porter. It's a shame though because the DNC will be hellbent on getting Biden a second term, even if it means failing to read the room.
Oh! She's the whiteboard lady! https://porter.house.gov/
I'd vote for her in a second!