Do Americans Even Care Any Longer About Presidential Qualifications?……

You’ve never seen a House member elected president. Neither have your parents — nor, in all likelihood, their parents. The last time it happened, there were 38 states and electricity was a novelty.

The year was 1880, the congressman James Garfield. The 14 decades since are littered with the failed campaigns of House members who thought they could replicate his feat.

But that hasn’t stopped six more from trying this year, a full quarter of the Democratic field.

As for what Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, the most recent addition to the candidate throng, is trying to do: Well, no onehas ever done it. Never in American history has a sitting mayor been elected president, or even received a major party’s nomination. But three — Mr. de Blasio, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla. — are running now.

In 2016, when Republicans had a field almost as big as the Democrats do now, it included no House members or mayors. Of the 17 candidates, nine were sitting or former governors, and five were sitting or former senators.

But, of course, all those governors and senators lost to Donald J. Trump, who had no political experience at all. Before Mr. Trump was elected, no one had ever become president without a background in government or the military. Now, it’s harder to say what the bar is — or whether voters care.


Personally I do not believe a majority of Americans really do care today about the experience or actual track record of a candidate. What the majority seems to care about is what the candidate promises they will do for them. Whether the candidate actually has the ability or power once elected is of little concern to most. What is important are the promises. If they sound good and or make the voter feel good that’s all it takes.

I acknowledge the cynicism of my thoughts. But I believe my cynical outlook is justified. When was the last time you heard any candidate speak about our crushing national debt? About balancing or even attempting to balance the national budget?  Or identifying opportunities to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful spending.  When was the last time any candidate has discussed fiscal responsibility and restraint?

Candidates talk about all the stuff they gleefully promise. Always without providing any specifics as to how all the stuff will be paid for. I can’t help but believe the electorate simply no longer cares about the nuts and bolts  of how the government works, OR, how it is funded. As long as they perceive they are getting their stuff.

Conservatives and republicans long ago, think the Reagan era, abandoned their long held reputation as the party of fiscal responsibility. Reagan actually exploded the national debt outspending the former Soviet Union militarily in what can only be termed as an effort to break the Soviet Union and bring it to its knees economically.

Since the Reagan heydays the nation has essentially been on a slow steady train expanding fiscal irresponsibility. Both republicans and democrats in their effort to deliver the promised stuff have simply stopped acting fiscally responsible.  We The People are as much responsible as those we elect to represent and lead us. And, we ask for more, and more, and more. 

Chickens eventually come home to roost. We just don’t care.

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Les Carpenter

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist working with those over 50 years of age. Currently work at Prime Fitness located in The Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. Semi retired and enjoying life in the semi fast lane with my lovely bride and super grandchildren!

2 thoughts on “Do Americans Even Care Any Longer About Presidential Qualifications?……”

  1. Interesting thinking about House members.

    As they serve 2 years terms, it is functionally impossible for a sitting member of the House to run for President.

    I think Les in our lifetimes, we’ve had a former house members serve as President. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Bush the Elder.

    But with the demonization of politics as a profession, and a romanticization of the part time citizen lawmaker, I fear those days are gone.

    What once was considered experience, is now seen as graft and a desire to get rich. And yet, doesn’t everyone want to get rich in their job? The result is a mad dash of late to get the most inexperienced ppl in office in the idea that they, rookies though they are, will somehow lean to a purer type of lawmaker.


    1. If that’s the thinking we’re in trouble. But hey, what do I know. Other than Trump ain’t workinmg out so well and when he leaves I’m a bettin we’ll be is sh*t shape for awhile after he’s gone.

      The American voters get what they deserve. Since almost half don’t bother to vote and a goodly share who do don’t bother to really understand the issues or the candidates recoprd we have what we have. A Banana Republic is the direction we’re rapidly heading towards with the Trump administration and his minions who support him.

      I never though I’d be saying this but consider myself lucky that I only have maybe 20 yars left on this earth. But I bet our grown chidren and grandchildren are really gonna be screwed.


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