A while back I wrote an article pertaining to presidential candidates 1 that have no business being considered for the Office of President of the United States.
A few critics didn’t surprise me by saying they were upset that I did not create a list of candidates that should be considered, as practically every news and media personality is doing with their own “top candidates” list. These critics went further by attempting to accuse me of only adding to the confusion and problems people have in finding a good candidate.
I was expecting people to be upset that I did not create my own list of favorites, as I will do with only candidates that have officially announced their bid for Presidency rather than speculate on who I think is going to run. However, it was never my intent to add confusion. Considering how many names have appeared from the list of candidates that in my view have no business running, the field of candidates should be easier for people to select from unless they are seeking to make the nomination process into a circus act.
So maybe I should have laid down the criteria for what qualities are essential for the President of the United States, if we are to be a Republic under the rule of the Constitution that serves We the People. Article 2 section 1 of the Constitution places the only qualifications on the president, and should be measured against any candidate first. As I wrote in a previous article, our founding fathers placed a demand on the office that prevents any child of a foreign parent from being eligible for president. No candidate who violates this law can lay claim to the title of being a Constitutionalist, and no one who supports them can claim to respect the Constitution or share the views of our Founding Fathers.
2 “Permit me to hint whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of foreigners into the administration of our national government; and to declare expressly that the command in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on any but a natural born citizen.” ~John Jay
The President of the United States must be a Christian. Our country was founded on the principle that everyone, including kings and governments, answer to a Divine Higher Power that created us to be Equally endowed with CERTAIN Rights that were essential to our Life, Liberty, and Happiness in this world. Without the understanding of the origin of these Rights, how can we trust they will be kept safe and secured in the hands of anyone who does not share such beliefs as our Founding Fathers?
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
The President of the United States is not just the leader of our country and Commander in Chief, but he is the representative of what we are, what we believe and how we as “One Nation” act to the rest of the world. Yes, the president is human and not perfect, but needs to have lead a life that demonstrates they conduct themselves with Honor, Courage, and Integrity in every aspect of their lives, from their business dealings, to their family.
“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.” ~ George Washington
How candidates stand on certain issues makes it obvious if they deviate from these fundamental beliefs, such as the issues of abortion and the second amendment. The issue of the “Right to Life” is no more complicated to our Founding Fathers as was the issue of “Shall Not Be Infringed.” And what I have found is a typical relationship between people who are weak on the Right to Life, will be weak on the Right’s that allow you to protect that Life.
“Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.” ~Samuel Adams
Military and Foreign Policy are issues of great debate, and while I do not necessarily believe that our President must have a record of service in our military, I do believe they should have something in their life that shows they have a clear understanding and respect for such a role. A commander of our military will likely, (thanks to the current resident occupying the white house), be tested by our foreign threats and consequently will have to show resolve and use military force if all options for diplomacy fail. The last person we need is someone who lacks such a resolve, or is too eager to abuse this role in order to send our military into harms way for actions which serve no interest, other than their own personal investments, for our country to be involved in.
“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. But the temper and folly of our enemies may not leave this in our choice.” ~Thomas Jefferson
The role of our government in our individual lives has grown to be a parasitic relationship, rather than a sympathetic one. Our Constitution calls for our government to provide for “General Welfare.” However, when we have allowed people into office that did not share the common beliefs of our founding fathers, we allowed ourselves to become subject to rulers which feel their role in government is to control, tax and regulate virtually every aspect of our lives in order to “provide welfare.” We need someone that can stand on a record of reformation that is needed for our country, and will pledge to bring those reformations to the White House.
“Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Issues that will be used to attack and remove support of such a candidate will likely come from gay marriage, immigration, and Obamacare. How our Founding Fathers would address those issues would get a lot of people upset at them. Gay marriage and recreational drug abuse would not be recognized as a right, the pathway through immigration would likely be simplified while addressing the critical need for strict border security, and Obamacare would be eradicated causing a demand from the left for replacement with an alternative, infighting with people on the right for what would entail such alternatives. 3
This is why the best candidate will have a record, and not rhetoric from which to offer solutions. 4 The question we will have to answer is if we will support such a candidate when he says something we don’t want to hear, such comments as “You don’t have a heart,” while another candidate is pandering with prettier rhetoric that looks great on bumper stickers such as “Build a wall and Deport them all!” Which candidate is likely to support passing laws to force compliance against citizens, such as property forfeiture and imminent domain for space for the wall and writing blank checks at taxpayer expense to pay for deporting families while ignoring drug and human slave trafficking from an unsecured border? Hey, at least he told you what you wanted to hear right?
Seriously why the hell should I trust a politician that only says what they think I want to hear?
Stay armed my friends ~ Texas Son
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See worst candidates of 2016 list
See defining laws behind Natural Born Citizen
See principles behind what is a Natural Right protected by our Constitution
See article addressing need for Constitutional Immigration Reform
See Article addressing assault on our Constitution by obamacare