No it isn't scary, that is why there is a campaign and a vote. The
qualifications set down in the Constitution date back to when it was
written, and are phrased like that to prevent a royal from Europe or
another "outsider" to become POTUS. You are still free to require
qualifications like intelligence, not burdened by campaign donors'
restrictions or allegiance to corrupt politicians.
IMNSHO, the election process has gone further and further from real
political ideas that the candidate stands for. The current pandering to
the perceived lowest common denominator of whatever the public wants is
what irks me. That and the obligation to choose between only 2
candidates, with third, fourth etc opinions not really getting any weight
whatsoever. True democracy should (IMNSHO) take into account more than
At least with both Veep candidates known it becomes somewhat more
interesting ... It is funny how the media can't figure out what Palin is
doing to the campaign.
Other than the obvious final requirement of recieving more delegate votes in
the convoluted electoral college than the next candidate, yes. Fortunately,
the party candidate selection process tends to weed out the obviously
Unqualified. Unfortunately, it seems to have a tendancy to select the
What does that have to do with anything said above? A request was made
for specifics on his lack of qualifications. I simplified that to a
request for specifics about him being less qualified than George Bush.
George Bush is currently in office and therefore must have been
"qualified" for the position. Using him as a standard, what
qualifications does Obama lack?
See how easy that is if you only pay attention?
The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the largest enterprise
on the face of the earth. Somewhere in a candidate's background there
should be at least a modicum of training and experience that would give
some indication the candidate has the ability to make sound executive
decisions. Obama has none.
Securing the nomination of his political party is not exactly a
chopped liver accomplishment.
He so far is running a campaign like no one has ever seen.
We'll just have to wait and see if he used good judgement.
There are some who fell the electoral process is too long, I don't
happen to be one of them.
Too much money, Yes, too long a campaign, No.
It tests the meddle of the candates preparing the winner for the job
Huh? How do you see that? He's running a personality cult campaign that
is shorter on specifics than most campaigns on this scale have ever been.
We knew more about Palin's background, history, and accomplishments in the
first 10 minutes of her introductory speech than we know about Obama's
history and accomplishments since he started running over two years ago
(after having served what, 143 days in the Senate?). What do you really
know about Obama's history and accomplishments? He served 8 years in the
Illinois legislature after getting his opponent disqualified (not defeated,
disqualified). Aside from supporting infanticide, what did he accomplish
there? What did he lead? What major bills did he sponsor, support, or
kill (aside from the ones he voted to kill that would have stopped
infanticide)? The only thing we have to judge him by is his associations
from the past -- and those are downright frightening for those of us who
treasure the freedoms and opportunities our country has provided to people
from all walks of life. The one bill that he has sponsored in the US
Senate is one that would tax the US people to provide more money to the
United Nations to provide to third world countries.
What do we know about his plans? 1) He will raise taxes on "the rich", 2)
He believes that anyone making over $250k falls into that category (based
upon his displayed ignorance of how the economy works, he won't distinguish
between small proprietorships or individuals), 3) He has promised to "cut
spending on unproven missile defense systems and slow spending on future
combat systems", 4) we can't eat whatever we want and use whatever energy
we want in the future, and 5) He believes we can stop using fossil fuels
within the next 10 years.
I guess if you believe in the politics of austerity and decline -- Obama's
Hope and change? Based upon his associations and various statements,
that's all we are going to have left after he finishes raising taxes and
making sure that us little people stop using fossil fuels. That is, hope we
can get him out of office before he destroys the country and change in our
As an aside: Definition of somebody who truly doesn't get it: Someone who
drives an SUV and works at a defense contractor with an Obama bumper
sticker. (Yep, I've seen it)
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Like every candidate before him, he did have a lot to say and some ideas
certainly sounded great. Unfortunately, he is running to be the President,
not the King, Supreme Commander or Dictator so those ideas will be tough to
get made into law.
Which is exactly what the framers of the constitution had in mind.
Enacting legislation that affects everybody should be a challenging
What is that old saying about making laws and sausage are best done
out of sight or something close.
If he is elected, achieving many of those goals will be a
demonstration of his ability to lead.
Hillary knew this, which is why she wouldn't let anybody pin her down
and get her to say "I _will_ do this". That tendency toward honesty
in what she expected to accomplish is very likely what cost her the
nomination--if she had made grandiose claims that she had no clue how
she was going to accomplish like Obama does then she'd likely be the
nominee right now.
That's nice, but I'd rather know whether he can lead before he's
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