Some Americans have started to get on board with the concept of electing a president who has no background in politics, with Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson leading the recent trend.
Although we’ve heard Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan briefly mention putting their names down for presidential election, I think we should all know not to take that too seriously.
Politicians are liars, right? They are sneaky, malicious and just want to get into office no matter what, right?
While some of that might be true, the idea that someone should have some prior experience in politics before they run for president isn’t that crazy of a concept.
One criticism I’ve repeatedly heard of President Barack Obama is his lack of political experience, never having been elected by the people or governing the people.
Some of those same people are now fully supportive of Trump or Carson, both of whom are venturing into the world of politics with basically one thing to offer: their opinions.
It would probably be a breath of fresh air to have a president who isn’t tainted by the deceiving and often cruel world of American politics.
However, while I am no expert, nor do I know anything about running for president, I believe there are experiences and situations one should be familiar with before they try to attain the country’s highest ranking political position.
First, they should know how to conduct themselves during an interview.
Last week, CNN host Alisyn Camerota interviewed Carson and questioned him on multiple controversial comments he has made recently.
The two comments Camerota focused on were Carson saying that “many Americans are stupid,” and that “We’d be Cuba if it weren’t for Fox News.”
Camerota played the clips of Carson making the comments then asked him to clarify what he meant.
When Carson was pressed to clarify further, he accused the host of sensationalism and biased reporting. Journalists might not always be completely objective — especially at partisan news organizations — but being asked to clarify something offensive you have said is pretty routine when you are running for president. If Carson — or any other candidate for that matter — can’t take the heat, they should consider going up for another job.
The second thing they should be at least willing to do is consider the fact that when they say any group of people — no matter how great or small — is stupid, they’re likely removing the possibility that those people will vote for them.
When someone is president, they are everyone’s president: democrats, republicans, scholars and even those they might deem “stupid.”
It also helps when the candidates are familiar with the fact that everything they say in a public forum will be scrutinized on a granular level. If there is one person who should care about what he or she says, it’s the president.
President of the United States is a big job. The American people wouldn’t be comfortable with someone who had no prior medical experience operating on them or prescribing them medication, so it’s not too outrageous of a request that the commander-in-chief be somewhat familiar with how politics work.
If I can’t even get an entry-level position at a company without three years of experience, the President of the United States should have some kind of political background.