Qualifications for President of the USA
Official Qualifications statement
“Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
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.
Term limit amendment - US Constitution, Amendment XXII, Section 1 – ratified February 27, 1951
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”
This statement of qualifications is completely unsatisfactory in21st Century America. It should be rejected by the American voters and a demand for more specifics is in order.
· Natural born citizen – is this appropriate today? This subject should be debated.
· Age 35 years – this is arbitrary. Is having an age restriction appropriate? This subject should be debated.
· 14 years residency – this too is arbitrary and its appropriateness should be debated.
Most significant are not these three issues, what is significant is complete void in attending the skill, knowledge, experience, and proficiency requirements demanded of the President in performing the duties of the office. What are the duties and responsibilities of the office of President and what qualifications should voters consider in evaluating candidates?
On the recent stage for consideration, American voters have seen a former Navy officer pilot and war hero turned Senator, a woman lawyer and former first lady, a former business executive and director of the world Olympics, various politicians, Senators, Congressmen, and Governors.
Since not all states are equal in size and complexity, a governor from one state might equal a city mayor in another. Or, the mayor of New York City might equal being a governor of a sizable state. Being a Senator or Congressman from a small state is not the same as having come from a larger one. However, we have had Presidents from large and small states.
It is not until we have two pieces of information in front of us that we can make accurate assessment of candidates, just as if you were applying for a job or evaluating a candidate for a job opening.
1. What are the duties and responsibilities of the position? What skill, knowledge, experience, and proficiency is required to perform them?
2. What is the candidate’s resume and how does it match the requirements or qualifications?
At present, selecting candidates and voting for them is an unacceptable crapshoot, and this must be addressed now before we waste more scarce resources and take more risks that the nation can ill afford.
Forget about it
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Sarah Palin is on the brink of deciding to run for the US presidency in two years, and has said she is consulting her family before making up her mind.
However, the final decision could still be months away and may ultimately be influenced by growing evidence that while many on the right of the Republican party like Palin, they consider her unelectable.
Palin, who was John McCain's vice-presidential running mate in 2008, told the New York Times she was in advanced discussions with her family and political colleagues on a bid for the Republican nomination for president.
"I'm engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here," she said.”
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