What made voters in 2016 think that Donald Trump was qualified to be President of the United States of America, the most complicated, most influential, and therefore the most challenging job in the world?
Did voters not know or not care that Trump didn’t have the character, experience, skills, or temperament to be America’s Chief Diplomat, Chief Economist, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Legislative Negotiator, Chief of State, and Commander-in-Chief?
- As Chief Diplomat, the President must be capable of working effectively with allies to strengthen relations, keep adversaries at bay, defend national security, and promote democracy throughout the world.
- As Chief Economist, the President must be qualified to efficiently oversee the federal government’s estimated 2 million employees who spend trillions of taxpayer dollars to implement policies intended to serve the national interest. Additionally, the President must initiate, develop, and carry out policies that will effectively grow the economy.
- As America’s CEO, the President must select a capable Vice-President, recruit experienced White House staff, engage skilled men and women to serve in the cabinet, and appoint qualified, apolitical candidates to judicial positions.
- As Chief Legislative Negotiator, the President must be skilled at working with both political parties in Congress to develop and implement legislation to improve the quality of life for 330 million-plus American men, women, and children.
- As Chief of State, the President must have the character, education, experience, and integrity necessary to be the leader of the free world while serving as a living example of America’s moral compass.
- As Commander-in-Chief, the President must efficiently manage America’s defense budgets and consistently monitor and coordinate how our troops around the world protect and defend our national interests. The President must also have the clear-eyed judgment required to effectively manage strategic military planning, decisions, and operations, including nuclear options.
Despite the complexities, powers, and significance of the presidency, Article II of the Constitution requires nothing more than a candidate for President be a natural-born citizen of the United States, be thirty-five years of age, and be a resident of the United States for at least fourteen years.
By contrast, if Trump had wanted to earn $9.00 an hour as a part-time clerk at a 7-Eleven mini-mart, he would have needed a high school diploma or equivalent, would have had to communicate well, be at least eighteen years of age, be good at math, stand, bend, and reach throughout a shift, and be capable of lifting items weighing up to fifty pounds.
If Article II of the Constitution had required a President of the United States to be as qualified as a part-time 7-Eleven clerk, would Donald Trump have been able to run for election back in 2016?
You have to wonder -— after suffering four years of Trump’s stunning incompetence, should Congress create a law that requires every presidential candidate from this point forward to actually be qualified to run the most powerful nation on earth?
It sounds like a no-brainer -— doesn’t it?