“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.” –
It happens in every 2nd grade class all over America. A teacher ask, “What do you want to be when you grow-up?” In my generation answers ranged from a football player, or a doctor, maybe a garbage man or a fireman but inevitably some kid would exclaim, “I want to be President of the United States!” Typically, it was the kid all of us hated, the smart kid, the kid we would all end up working for.
If Donald J. Trump has proven anything it is that anyone CAN become the President and as Mr. Carlin noted, that is the problem.
These are the Constitutional qualifications for the Office of President; No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
That’s it. That’s all. And given what we got, given what we got stuck with I think We the people would do well to bring these qualifications into the 21st century. What we don’t want is a repeat of our current Dumbass in Chief.
Who really vets the candidates for President? In the beginning there were roughly 20 Republican candidates for the 2016 election. These men and women succeeded or failed not so much on their message or position but on their exposure and money. Trump whittled down the competition by keeping his orange mug in front of the cameras primarily but saying outlandish things like Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Where did he get that information? From the National Enquirer of course.
“In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.” –
So back to my question, who really vets the candidates for President? Ultimately the media or as Trump likes to call them, the “Fake News”. We rely on the media to dig up any dirt they can find on a candidate and even that, as Trump has proven, doesn’t prevent us from getting a piece of shit for President.
In addition to the Constitutional qualifications mentioned above here are some other requirement I think we should demand of anyone that wants to be President of the United States;
- Release the last ten years of their tax returns.
- Complete a background check and security clearance performed by the FBI.
- A credit check.
- Have a medical and physiological examination performed by qualified professionals, meaning not your urologist.
Think about it, if you apply for a job at McDonald’s to flip hamburgers they will do a background and credit check on you. What do we check to make sure you are qualified to be President of the United of States? No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States. Again, that’s it and that’s how you get a Donald J. Trump.
“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.” – Clarence Darrow
As if we already don’t have enough to write our representatives about I would suggest we add this to our list of “concerns” before the 2020 Presidential election. If I have said it once I have said it a million times, Trump will go down as the most ill-prepared, most unqualified, and most incompetent “President” this nation has ever experienced and with a little due-diligence, it could have been prevented.
“I’ve had a beautiful, I’ve had a flawless campaign. You’ll be writing books about this campaign.” –Donald Trump, July 29, 2016