Coming Soon: Presidential Competency Test

Updated: Feb 3, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, you may find yourself thinking about the performance of a past or present Commander-in-Chief and ask a common and sensible question: “Why don’t they have to take a test before they run for that job?”

Think about it. How many times have you had to prove yourself competent? Pilots, lawyers, beauticians, doctors, police officers...all candidates for these positions have to take tests in order to prove themselves fit for the positions they are vying for.

Just because it isn’t required by the constitution doesn’t mean that the American public shouldn’t demand it. Arguably, our President is the most powerful person on the planet. Shouldn’t that person have to prove themselves competent to fulfill that level of responsibility?

In addition to the other objectives of the PurpleState™ Initiative, we believe that every candidate for president should undergo rigorous testing before they gain access to the ballot. That said, we don’t endorse a pass/fail scoring system. We just want voters to know where their candidates stand in this regard so that they can make a more informed choice on election day.

PurpleState™ has a plan to comprehensively test prospective presidents. We have decided that a competency test must contain questions that are important to the majority of Americans. It is of utmost importance that a President have a command of what it means to effectively participate in our democracy as a citizen. For this reason, the foundation of this test would involve the civics portion of the Naturalization Test from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Our test would build on this foundation with questions submitted directly from voters who support this initiative.

One of the primary objectives of the PurpleState™ initiative is to launch a social network that enables voters to vet and rate independent candidates. This platform will also provide users with the ability to submit and rate competency test questions.

Our goal is to generate questions that will truly challenge candidates to demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the office. We will invite experts in every pertinent field (political science, military strategy, international geopolitics, economics, law, history, public administration, sociology) to join our network and submit their questions for our users to rate. The combination of expert and citizen questions should evaluate candidate competency in a precise and decisive way. We also feel it is appropriate, if not vital, for a candidate to undergo psychological & physical testing, as most law enforcement officials do.

Testing candidates using this methodology should help to ensure that PurpleState™ candidates possess a skill set and knowledge base that is as diverse as the people the candidates hope to represent.

The PurpleState™ initiative can be defined as a people-driven effort to establish a digital, multimedia platform designed to allow users to select or run as independent candidates.

If you support our initiative and want to get involved, go to our Get Involved! page and find out more about how you can help.

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