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.
— Article II, section 1, clause 5; United States Constitution
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.
— Amendment XXII, section 1; United States Constitution
That’s it in a nutshell. That is the sum total of requirements for the office of President of the United States. Once elected, they do have to take a very solemn oath:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
— Article II, section 1, clause 9; United States Constitution
That’s it? No “so help me, God”? No sort of litmus test at all? If they were magically transported to our time, it might come as quite a shock to our founders what the requirements for someone running for president have evolved into:
1. Candidates must be conspicuously church-going Christians whose allegiance to God must be uttered whenever practicable (e.g. “God Bless this gift of a corn holder, and God Bless the United States of America”).
2. Candidates must never suggest that raising taxes is a good thing to do.
3. Candidates must propose lowering taxes.
4. Candidates must be adept at covering up all past and current mis-deeds including, but not exclusive to: affairs, medical conditions, questionable business dealings, surprise children, etc.
5. Candidates must not appear to be particularly intelligent, at least no more intelligent than most Americans consider themselves to be.
6. Candidates must be reasonably attractive, preferably tall, and be able to speak lines almost as if they had written them themselves.
7. Candidates must be all for the nebulous term, “Family Values” despite the fact that no one actually knows what that term means.
8. Candidates must be able to speak for hours at a time, only on subjects they have rehearsed, and to still not say anything substantive.
9. Candidates must have a joke writer so that they can seem both glib and folksy.
10. Candidates must be adept at raising more money in a month than 99% of Americans will ever see in their lifetimes.
And lastly, an anti-requirement:
0. Candidates aren’t required to understand international relations, economics, history, social issues, military history and tactics, or to have even read the United States Constitution.
If you want to be president in this day and age, you really need to follow those ten guidelines. While you might still get elected by skipping one (it better be a small one), you’ll have your work cut out for you. If you can’t manage to lower yourself to do those ten things…I would say you should practice saying, “You want fries with that?” but given the sort of chief executive likely to be elected, good luck finding a job that good.More from my site Share this:
3 Responses to "10 Requirements For Presidential Candidates"
Why would our governering branches allow a person to run for highest office of the land with background of wrondoing and court trials in future; withheld tax forms to show their truths or untruths, business ties, etc. and blood ties in the deciaions of governing..also to appoint people who pardnered in their election into high positions?
As you see at the top of the post, the requirements for president are quite minimal. The idea being that regardless of the qualification of the candidate, the more informed, cooler heads of the electoral college (as opposed to, say, the easily swayed passions of the hoi polloi) would never approve someone spectacularly unfit for the office.
In two years I’m running for my president
The presidential race remains tight in several battleground states. Some of those results could be contested if the margins are thin enough when the counting is done. Here are the rules governing some of those states:
In New Hampshire, where the number of votes separating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been as low as 34 votes at one point Tuesday night and remains locked at 47 percent each, the rules are fairly liberal. Any candidate can call for a recount if the margin is within 20 percent.
“Any candidate for whom a vote was cast for any office at a state general election may apply for a recount, provided that the difference between the votes cast for the applying candidate and a candidate declared elected is less than 20 percent of the total votes cast in the towns which comprise the office to be recounted,” according to New Hampshire election law.
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Pennsylvania demands a margin of 0.5 percent, and a recount would be triggered by the secretary of state. “A candidate for a public office which appears on the ballot in every election district in this Commonwealth was defeated by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for the office,” the law says. Nearing 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Trump led Clinton there 48.5 percent to 47.9 percent.
In Michigan, there’s a mandatory recount triggered by a difference of 2,000 votes or less. But any candidate suspecting there’s either fraud or a mistake can petition for a recount. At 12:52 a.m., Clinton lagged behind Trump by 52 thousand votes -- 1.785 million to 1.837 million.
Like Michigan, Wisconsin also allows any candidate to request a recount if fraud or a mistake is suspected. The candidate has three days to make the request and has to foot the bill if the margin between the candidates exceeds a half percent.
Minnesota has tight requirements for a federal recount -- a losing candidate can request a recount if the margin is a razor thin quarter of a percent. Also, since 2008, all recounts in Minnesota are to be conducted manually.
CBS News’ Steve Chaggaris contributed to this story.
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