Life long politicians like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, John McCain and many, many others from both sides of the political aisle have raised the question of Trump’s qualifications as have countless bureaucrats such as ex-CIA director John Brennan, fired former FBI Director James Comey and even some retired military leaders.
The real question remains: What qualifies one to run for and be the President of the United States? Does it require a long tenure as a governmental public servant, such as someone who has held an elected position as a Senator or member of the House of Representatives? Does a measured stint as a combat command leader in the U.S. military set the standard for what does or does not qualify one to be President? How about an in depth knowledge of the laws of the land, say, as a Constitutional lawyer would certainly have at their disposal? Or, perhaps, someone who has served on the frontline of the city streets in law enforcement? Some think that a person with the acumen for business would make the person most qualified to hold the most powerful office in the world.
Every four years, particularly during presidential debates, this idea of who is best qualified to hold office is constantly thrust upon the American people by the opposing candidates as they unleash a bevy of disqualifiers upon their opponent. In the most recent election Hillary Clinton and her party lashed out at Donald Trump has woefully disqualified because he had never served one minute in any kind of government office and his only claim to fame was his business experience and the fact that he was a TV personality; while she touted her long time experiences as a successful lawyer, First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. She insisted that all of this made her the perfect and most QUALIFIED person to hold that esteemed office.
In past elections a political novice Barack Obama was smeared as unqualified because of his young age (47 on the day he took the oath of office), relatively inexperienced in federal government (had served as U.S. Senator for only three years before running for President). However, he was a Constitutional lawyer who had served as an Illinois State Senator for several years. By using the Clinton standard of qualifiers Mr.Obama was adequately qualified to serve in the office of president.
We are then led to ask “What does qualify one to be President of the United States of America?” To find the answer to that all important question all one need do is look at the actual document which clearly illuminates it — The Constitution of the United States of America. Here is what it says are the entire list of qualifications for holding the office of President.
Problem solved. At the time the President takes office they must be:
(1) a natural born citizen
(2) at least 35 years old
(3) an inhabitant of the United States for at least fourteen years
Therefore, the next time you are watching a presidential debate or watching TV Talking Heads discussing issues and this question of a person’s qualification for that office are raised by an opponent, an elected official, a governmental bureaucrat, a member of the press or anyone else you can simply point them to these three qualifiers and that is end of discussion.