It Just Might be a Lunatic You’re Looking for

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

The Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1

There are three qualifications to be president of the United States. You have to be a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old and be a resident for 14 years. The Constitution doesn’t even say you have to be white or a man. One president may not have even been a natural born citizen, Chester A. Arthur.

Every other qualification for the presidency is arbitrary. The executive branch has one simple task, decide close calls. The president can either sign or veto legislation, but can be overridden by a 2/3 majority. He can negotiate treaties, pending Congressional approval. When international business requires a head of state, the president is it.

When media personalities talk about qualifications, they mean previous experience being a politician. Generally, presidents are former governors. Others are former Vice Presidents. A small number held positions in Congress and jumped right into the White House. Most politicians at the federal level are lawyers. Nearly all judges are lawyers, too, even though there is no law requiring it.

If you look at Congress, you can tell it’s run by lawyers. They have mastered parliamentary process. The legislation is often voluminous and convoluted. Eliminating legislation always takes a back seat to compensatory legislation. The best way to fix bad law is to tweak it with more laws.

If you believe the political class, most of whom are the same legal minds who created the US government as it exists today, voting for a non-politician or one that isn’t deemed electable by a party is crazy. Benjamin Franklin, not a lawyer, said that doing the same thing over and expecting the same result is insanity. Maybe the electorate could do with going a little crazy.

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16 Responses to It Just Might be a Lunatic You’re Looking for

  1. 1539days says:

    This post isn’t a slam against lawyers. It’s just a slam against a government where the majority of lawmakers are lawyers.

    • yttik says:

      I like Breaking Bad where they say, “we don’t need a “criminal” lawyer, we need a CRIMINAL lawyer.” It is a funny dilemma, if you’re really a criminal, the last thing you want is somebody dedicated to the law.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Super props to you for including a Billy Joel AND a Gnarls Barkley reference in one post. Sheer genius.

  2. Damn lawyers. đŸ™‚ Funnily enough, even though I get the frustration of the post, I actually think it should be a requirement that you be a lawyer. OK, let me back off of that, it should be a requirement that lawyers are part of staff to draft laws. The last thing you want is where the only lawyers in town are the ones who work for the lobbyists. Because writing laws, is, well, law stuff.

  3. HELENK says:

    backtrack and bunch ignore law about funding acorn.
    how many crimes before impeachment is started??????

  4. Karma says:

    HOLC is what the Obama Admin needs to do….

    No mention of Hillary in Yale Law’s suggestion.

  5. Three Wickets says:

    Is this supposed to be a birther post. I don’t get the point of the constitutional reference. Not sure I get the point of the post.

    • elliesmom says:

      No. It’s a post about what the legal requirements to be POTUS are vs. what have become the de facto requirements. Nothing in the post questioned whether Obama meets the legal requirements. He obviously met the de facto requirements because he was elected. From what I’ve read about our presidents past and present being a bastard is a plus.

      • 1539days says:

        Birther is becoming such an overused word. Apparently, you’re a “birther” if you want to see Obama’s grades or medical records. There are things available for the public with other candidates.

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