The minimum constitutional requirements for someone to become president of the United States is:
1. Be a natural born U.S. citizen. Someone may be born abroad, but only if both parents were citizens of the United States. The only exception to this was for those around at the time the Constitution was adopted. Their requirement was that they had to be a citizen when the Constitution was adopted.
2. Be at least 35 years of age.
3. Have lived in the United States for at least 14 years to be president. This does not have to be consecutive or even the 14 years leading up to becoming president.
There you have it. That is all the requirements from our founding fathers to become the president of the United States of America.
So why are we asking all these other questions? Getting all distracted by what the next possible CEO of this here America thinks about?
To run for the office of the President takes a bit of money. More every year it seems for the constant signage and robo-calls and Internet pop-ups and television ads and…. But what a minute, this is not the candidate’s money. This is money coming from corporations…er, foundations and non-profit organizations or super pacs that will pay for all that stuff so they can influence the candidate’s agenda.
Well there are those debates and interviews and constant questions so a candidate should be fairly resourceful. With all the photos and television coverage, a candidate should look something like a movie star on the red carpet. Knowing what to say to whom and when can get you elected…or not.
The candidate also needs an entourage that handles the details to make the campaign trail look professional and polished. Rounding up wholesome looking fresh faced American icons cheering the candidates’ name and covered in pins and holding posters for the photo-ops is essential for the five o’clock news.
The candidate should look ‘presidential’. A president must have the look of a person who can stand tall next to other world leaders. A president is a person who can board Air Force One and smile at the photographers. A president is a person who can stand behind a podium and make statements that will affect every citizen of every state in the nation.
A president should appear strong yet empathic to the human woe all the while offering a friendly positive impression that the government is in good hands.
For the candidate is applying for the top job in the government and we, the voters, are doing the job evaluations. We may speak different dialects and have different backgrounds and opinions and concerns, but in November, we will go to the ballot box with whatever information we have been able to conclude, flip a coin and choose a name. Then hope for the best?
Not like when you football team loses, there is no more next week’s game. This is the countries choice and we have to live with our selection for four years.
A government is the system by which a state or community is controlled. In the Commonwealth of Nations, the word government is also used more narrowly to refer to the collective group of people that exercises executive authority in a state. This usage is analogous to what is called an “administration”. The concepts of the state and the government may be used synonymously to refer to the person or group of people exercising authority over a politically organized territory. Government is a synonym for governance.
Government normally consists of legislators, administrators, and arbitrators. Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state. A form of government, or form of state governance, refers to the set of political systems and institutions that make up the organization of a specific government.
Government of any kind currently affects every human activity. Political scientists argue that government should be studied along with anthropology, economics, environmentalism, history, philosophy, science, and sociology.
Political science’s goal is to create a typology or taxonomy of polities using comparative politics and international relations.
Identifying a form of government appears to be simple, as all governments have an official form. The United States is a federal republic, while the former Soviet Union was a socialist republic.
Identifying a form of government is also difficult because a large number of political systems originate as socio-economic movements and are then carried into governments by specific parties naming themselves after those movements; all with competing political-ideologies.
Other complications include general non-consensus or deliberate “distortion or bias” of reasonable technical definitions to political ideologies and associated forms of governing, due to the nature of politics in the modern era. Yet what Americans now call conservatism much have the world calls liberalism or neo-liberalism. Since the 1950s conservatism in the United States has been chiefly associated with the Republican Party. However, during the era of segregation many Southern Democrats were conservatives, and they played a key role in the Conservative Coalition that controlled Congress from 1937 to 1963.
Is the United States not a true capitalist society, since the government actually provides social services for its citizens? Is the United States a plutocracy rather than a democracy since some may believe it is ruled by the wealthy?
Could get into political coups or military take-over’s or dictatorships but I’m talking about electing the President of the United States. What does it take and who is asking the questions?
With all the media attention and variations of fact/fiction, what do we need to ask these men and women who want the highest office of the land?
Do we need to know their shoe size? Do we need to know what his or her favorite food is? Do we need to know why a certain kind of car or refrigerator or lawn mower was purchased? Do we need to know if any sports were played or debate clubs joined? Do we need to know if he or she went to war or not? Do we need to know why he or she has so many children or not? Do we need to know what razors used? Do we need to know if the toilet paper change is agreeable with their significant other? Do we need to know…?
This person, no matter the other silliness, will be the one who is the head of state and commander in chief.
What does the President think about transgender? What will happen when the President’s 15-year-old daughter becomes pregnant? What church does the President go to and how often? How many times a week does the President have sex? How many times does the President poop? How many shoes does the President have? What does the President feel about Southern Heritage? What does the President feel about blue hair? What would the President do to get that smell out of his car?
Or do we want a President who can run a nation of 50 very independent states and a diverse population guaranteeing them protection and an economic future? A President who sees the big picture and is not pulled down by political agendas or monetary obligations?
It is your call. It is your vote.