Monday, September 29, 2008

Palin 1

Qualified? Unqualified? Is Gov. Sarah Palin qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency when the Pesident is already 72 year old?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Technically, according to the U.S. Constitution, Sarah Palin is qualified to be a hearbeat away from the Presidency. That being said, I don't believe anyone has the necessary experience to be the President of the United States of America prior to becoming President of the United States of America, regardless of whether or not they served in the military, the U.S. Congress, as mayor of a small community, as governor of a sparsely populated state from whose shores one can see into Russia, as a community organizer, or a state senator.

It is my understanding the requirements for becoming President were put into the U.S. Constitution by our Founding Fathers in order to help guarantee that any person, regardless of race, ethnic origin, sex (maybe not originally, but certainly a consideration today), or religion, could run for, and be elected to, the highest office in this land as long as they meet the minimal requirements set forth therein.

In other words, getting a job almost anywhere, doing almost anything will have more stringent requirements for qualifications and experience than does the job of becoming the President of the United States of America. In today’s workforce, mandatory random drug testing and, in some instances, psychological testing may have actually prevented some past Presidents from even serving, had they been in-place at the time.

Character, honesty, and integrity, in my opinion, should be more of an indicator of qualifications for the Oval Office than any prior experience any of the candidates list as "qualifications" for becoming President. I personally don't believe that denigrating one candidate based on his/her lack of "experience" is cause for not voting for him/her because I don't buy into the idea that any of the candidate's listed experiences necessarily makes any of them better than another. Rather, I choose to look at what each of the candidates has done in the past to "make a difference", to raise people up and give them hope. I feel I haven't seen anything so far that would necessarily qualify Sarah Palin based on that criteria, either as mayor of Wasilla or as governor of Alaska.