Politics

Qualifications for President

Can we talk about this for a minute? Are the qualifications to be the President of the United States too low? What exactly are the qualifications?

I bring this up after Oprah made a powerful speech at the Golden Globes the other night (read here). Almost immediately social media posts began happening that suggested she run for president.

I have an issue with that.

Is the qualification for president so low that the only quality we look for is words that speak to us or inspire us? Because if that’s the case, I have some bad news. You can’t be upset about or suggest that Donald is unqualified because he was elected based on exactly that.

You can be tired of and against career politicians, sure. But can’t you also in the same breath look for someone with at least some relevant skills?

Truly. What does Oprah know about running a country? Engaging with foreign diplomats? Picking a qualified cabinet of advisers?

We are living the catastrophe of someone with no experience – only mild popularity among a group who were moved by his words – “running” the country.

I’ll digress on how THAT’S going.

So I began asking myself what the real qualifications were? I think I learned in grade school, but I’m 33 now and that information is long gone! What I remembered seemed so minuscule, so I looked it up.

To my surprise it’s really that broad. You have to be a natural born citizen (or at the time the constitution was written), resided in the US for 14 years and reached the age of 35. (really)

That’s it.

I understand (I think) this keeps it open to any citizen and therefore reflects inclusion and equality, but… that’s it?!?!?

Considering some of the job postings I’ve read through and their extensive required qualifications (all for NOT running a country OR a company for that matter), I have to wonder if there shouldn’t be more.

What do you think? Is it beyond our citizen power to write up a summary of necessary qualifications to be met in order to take the highest office in the land?

I mean, just because I’m a unicorn it doesn’t mean I’d make a good president. 

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