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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Should a President's Private Life Matter?

Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel




Based on what you have learned about the attacks on Rachel, Andrew Jackson's life, and also recent political issues (i.e. Herman Cain dropping out of the Republican Primary Race due to an accusation of a long affair) - do you think that a person private life should be taken into account when voting for President of the United States?  (in a brief paragraph - 6 to 8 sentences - select your position and defend it).

17 comments:

  1. I do not think the private life of a president should matter in the public's eye. I say this because private means private there is a reason your personal life is considered private. It does seem practical to have a president with good morals and a good personal life, but what they do outside of the oval office should not matter. They are not president to be a good role model for kids everywhere but to lead the country in the best way possible. I also think that there are many good men and women out there that could be amazing presidents but because of the public scrutiny they will possibly face for their past private lives holds men back. People like Herman Cain have the potential to be good presidents but because of their private, personal lives they are not able to do so.

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  2. I think that a person's personal life is their business, and should not really be taken into account when voting for them as President of the United States. As long as they are not doing anything illegal (and therefore being a hypocrite by trying to be a member of the government), the candidate's personal life should not matter. In the case of Andrew Jackson and Rachel Jackson, had i been voting for the president at that time, I would not have been so concerned with Jackson's personal life so much as what he was willing to do for and show to the public. There should always be some privacy, even for the most public figure in the United States. Therefore what Jackson and any other presidential candidate do behind closed doors should remain behind closed doors, with the rest of the country's main concern what they are willing to do publicly for our country.

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  3. I believe that the private life of an individual should be taken into account when voting for the President of the United States. A persons private life says a lot about who that person is and what they are comfortable doing. If there was proof that a candidate had an affair, I would say that person is not very trustworthy or honest. Both of those qualities are values I would like my president to uphold. A persons private life shows their true colors and what is important to them. I believe it is acceptable to use their life to decide whether they would make a decent president fit to run the United States. An individuals private life shows both positive and negative qualities and we can use those qualities to determine their fitness for the presidency.

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  4. To be honest, no I do not think that a person's private life should be taken into account when voting for President of the U.S. However, if it would cause their true personality to be taken into consideration, yes it should. If someone cheats on their spouse or wife once, then no, because everyone makes mistakes, but if they have the audacity to go do it again after doing so once, then yes, their private life should be taken into account. No one wants a sneaky, lying person as their president. It's just not a rational decision. It would not be right for someone who cannot even remain loyal to their spouse to become President of the United States, where they have to be loyal to millions of people who are counting on them.

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  5. No, I do not think that a person's private life should have anything to do with their political careers. I don't think it's fair that if someone has an accusation about their personal life, that they should have to drop out. Take Herman Cain for instance. I thought he actually had some good ideas, but we will never know how they will end up because of all of attacks on his personal life. Why should we care about his love life if he knows how to fix the country? The elections are less about what you have to say, and more about mudslinging, and personal life is the best lace to find something bad to say about the opponent. Now, candidates and the media should focus less on finding skeletons in closets and personal troubles, and more on what the candidate actually wants to do.

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  6. If a private life is kept private, it would not have any effect on voting political-wise. When a politician's private life is made public it becomes a factor in whether or not they win an election. As President of the United States, the President is not only in charge of running things smoothly, but also being a representative for this American nation to the rest of the world. When you are in the voting booth you want to vote for the person who can not only get the job done but is also morally aligned with you. Whether or not accusations are proved true, such as the case of Herman Cain, reputation is everything in the political world. Backgrounds like that of Herman Cain's are distracting from what job he could actually do. In the end, the President is someone who Americans can relate to most and you relate to other through your private life.

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  7. In some ways I think a person's private life should be taken into account when considering them for presidency. I don't think some past experiences and mistakes should be the only thing judging the way a President can do his job. However, as the leader of our country I think it is important that this person lives up to the things they preach. I would hope that a person with such a large responsibility on their shoulders would act privately in a way that represents our country well. The President should know that they are closely monitored by many people and anything they do in private will most likely be public knowledge. They should not behave in a way that would make our country look bad in any way.

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  8. Yes, I think the private life of a president should play into account of if he should be president or not. I don't think a president with a bad reputation of sleeping around is professional. He should not be in office representing our whole country. As a citizen, we want someone who will take into account their public image and how people view them. As president, they are a symbol of our whole nation and revered by many people. If they are having affairs and being promiscuous, that is not someone we want as our Uncle Sam. Herman Cain was accused of having a long affair and I think its good we found out before, so if he did become president we would not be finding it out then. Private life is important because it is an inside look of who they really are and who is becoming our next president.

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  9. I think that their personal life should be taken into account when voting for the president. This is because the way they handle actions in their lives may show what kind of person they are. However I do not think it should be as important as their views on political issues. When they make good or bad decisions for themselves it makes you wonder weather or not this will reflect off of how they handle things when in the white house. The way they carry themselves and act reflects on what America today could stand for to other countries. There for if we have a president with maybe not so great morals it could reflect badly on America as a whole.

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  10. In response to the question, I believe a President's personal life should matter in the selection process. The President of the U.S should "theoretically" be a spotless man/woman who is well qualified in leadership and suited to lead the country. Unfortunately this mindset is much too idealistic to be realistic. At the very least the President needs to be a person the people can trust, to follow through on commitments and to do the right thing. If a Presidential candidate is cheating on his wife, that makes him a cheater and whos to say he won't cheat on the responsibilities of his Presidency or his many promises. I do not agree with personal attacks on the Candidates family or friends like in Andrew Jackson's case, but if the to-be President himself cannot be trusted in his personal life, how can the American people trust him to lead the country.

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  11. I think it does matter what a person does in their private life. I think that if we are going to put a person into a position of power then they should be of good moral character. By electing someone who has a history of doing immoral things, what would stop them once they had more power? From the quotation of "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." we know that even good people tend to make bad decisions when given power. So if someone is acting immorally then by election them that would only encourage the immoral behaviors that are not the benefit of the people that the said person is to be representing and leading. So I believe that a person private life should be taken into account when voting.

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  12. A person's life can be assessed by dividing the elements of their life into private sections. Their professional life being one of them. This wold entail how they present themselves within their career discipline and what there actions amongst that career path highlight about their character. Another separate sector of their life would be their personal life, thus entailing things such as their personal relationships personal hobbies and personal beliefs. The amount of designated separations is proposed by the individual them self. However this method is only applicable if the different sections of their lives are sought as different houses. Within that house lives the various aspects pertaining to that house. Surrounding their house is a concrete fence that serves as an absolute barrier between the various houses. A person can pick and choose what elements of the their lives they want blending with the others. However they can also chose which elements they wish to not share. Thus I think it is reasonable to exempt personal affairs of Presidents during election.

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  13. Based on what I have learned about the attacks on Rachel, Andrew Jackson's life, and recent political issues, I strongly believe that a person's private life should be taken into account when voting for President of the United States. If you are a person that cheats on your spouse, how can others tell if you will cheat on our country? The betrayal a person displays when having an affair while they are married is a great reflection upon their character. If you are a person like Andrew Jackson, who is faithful and loving towards your spouse, you will be faithful and loving toward our country. How many children say, "One day I want to be President of the United States." The President is an example, publically, privately, and morally of what young children strive for. Do we want our President to be a low-life who finds pleasure in cheating on his spouse with maybe a younger woman? Adults surely do not want their children to look up to someone who has done so. A private life may be wanted to be kept private, but I am a strong believer that everything little action is exposed in the end. If you wouldn’t want the whole world to know the bad things you did, don’t do it. The President is meant to be a role model for adults, children, the elderly, and citizens of the United States of America.

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  14. I believe that the President’s personal private life belong to that individual and to no one else. However I feel that there should be a background check to see if they were in prison, did drugs, abuse, etc. to make sure that there are no major issues when they are elected. After that initial check and the person is then elected as president their personal matters belong to them. Just because someone has had an affair does not mean that they are not capable of leading the country. Everyone is a human being and that means screwing up. As long as the President’s actions do not affect their decision making and they can keep it separate from government, then their personal life should not be dragged out into the open for everyone to see.

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  15. I do not believe that a persons private life should be important when voting for president. As long as they never broke a law in the past I think voting should be based on their goals and how they will make America better. It does not matter if you are remarried or married to a woman who is divorced. Their spouse is not running the country, they are, so the man should not be penalized for marrying who they love. Herman Cain dropped out of the Republican Primary Race due to an accusation of a long affair, but that accusation does not show what kind of leader he may be or what good he may do. People of America must vote on the president who will do the best job and improve the country. It does not matter who they fell in love with or what their lives are like when they go home at night.

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  16. A presidential candidate’s personal life should not play a defining part in their election unless the actions portray a flaw in their character that can affect their decisions in office. Whether or not, a presidential candidate had an affair twenty years ago, does not always play to the person’s character in present times. It may actually make them a better candidate because they have seen the hurt the cheating causes another, allowing them to take the path of not doing it again. Meanwhile, if a presidential candidate has been unfaithful in recent years, there lies the possibility that they may not be a trustworthy candidate that should be trusted with part of the governing of the United States. Through their disloyalty, it may say something about their character as a whole.

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  17. I believe, depending on the case, that it should be taken into account when voting for the President of the United States. Do we really want to trust someone with the job of bring President, when they cannot be trusted by their wife or women for that matter. If someone running for President has had an affair(or multiple), is truthfully accused of sexually harassing someone else or is found lying in a relationship, then I believe that we as Americans need to think hard, because who really wants a lier or a cheater as the next President of the United States. I believe that if someone is not faithful to their spouse, then they cannot be trusted to run our country, because they might be inclined to do untrustworthy things while in office. Habits are very hard to break, so if someone running for President has past history of cheating and dishonesty, it is very likely that they will repeat their actions, while running our country. Of course if accusations have no proof, then they should not be considered when deciding, because they could be completely false accusations.

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