WHAT IS A QUALIFIED PRESIDENT?

Donald Trump, the President of the United States since January 20, 2017 (from here)
Donald Trump, the President of the United States since January 20, 2017 (from here)

insanitybytes22 has this post that left me chuckling, Okay Piper… In her post, reviews an article by John Piper, “How to Live Under an Unqualified President.” Why laugh?

Piper always seems to have this idea that our authority and leadership must always be worthy, qualified, above us, and to some extent that is true, but consider marriage for example. One could simple declare one’s spouse unworthy and unqualified, but that kind of denies the hidden truth that you chose them. It takes some humility to see it, but who really is the one with poor judgment here? And if your own judgment is so flawed, should you really be pointing fingers at someone else? As the saying goes, “don’t be too critical of your husband or wife’s choices, you were one of them.” (from here)

Since quite ably attacks the faith-based matters in her post, I decided I would consider a more practical problem here. What is a qualified president?

What drives the qualifications we expect from our elected officials? If you were hiring an employee, how would you decide what qualifications that employee needs? Would you come up with a job description? Would you not your list the qualifications of your new employee based upon what you expect that employee to do?

So how should we come up with a job description for our president? Well, don’t we have this thing we call our constitution, The United States Constitution? Doesn’t that document describe the functions of our president?

Article II describes how we select our president and our president’s primary powers and responsibilities. Of course, whatever the president does generally requires money. Since Congress controls spending, that makes Congress the most powerful branch of government. That makes Article I, Section 8 important to the president’s job description. Article I, Section 8 lists the things that Congress has the power to make laws about, and as the head of the executive branch, the president is obligated to enforce those laws.

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.” (from Article 11, Section 1)

Effectively, the president of the United States should be someone we trust to take that oath and fulfill it.  The man must be worthy of our trust and competent to execute the duties assigned to him by the Constitution. Is Donald Trump such a man? If not, why not? Before we select an employee, perhaps we need to qualify ourselves to select that employee.

  • Because we need them to be trustworthy, we require the president and all the officials of our government to take an oath. Are we trustworthy? Is it reasonable to expect people who are not trustworthy to select trustworthy people to lead them?
  • Because we need them to know what they are doing, we want the president and all the officials of our government to be competent people. Do we know what we are doing? Do we understand what our government is supposed to do? Is it reasonable to expect the incompetent to select competent people to lead them?

When we started this post we said we would focus on the practical problem of selecting a president. Nevertheless, because the Bible provides practical wisdom, here is a quote from it.

Matthew 7:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Not Judge

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

We get the leadership we deserve.  So long as we do not ask our Lord to help us remove the planks in our own eyes we will not do a good job of judging the qualifications of the people we elect.

  • We will find the promises of candidates for public office more important than their character.
  • Instead of the law of the land, we will give preference to our egos and our pocketbooks.

If we let ourselves become foolish enough, we will become the dogs and the swine who trample the pearls of God’s wisdom and tear His people to pieces.

16 thoughts on “WHAT IS A QUALIFIED PRESIDENT?

  1. There is a human problem that keeps reoccurring that will prevents many from ever judging whether President Trump is qualified.

    The sad part is that many people will read this and not get it. And therein lies yet another problem facing humans…denial!

    Read More: Why Do People Hate To Hear The Truth About Themselves? | http://999ktdy.com/why-do-people-hate-to-hear-the-truth-about-themselves/?trackback=tsmclip

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. @scatterwisdom

      Good article. Thanks for the link.

      Of course, everyone thinks everyone else is in denial, they hold up the fact they know they have problems (but don’t do anything about it) as some kind of virtue.

      We are a mess!

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  2. THE Donald is both honorable and savvy.

    But what makes him extraordinary is that he understands the life and times in which he lives.

    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were also extraordinary in that way.

    And unlike Progressives, both Democrat (mostly Democrat) and Republican, President Trump does not live every day trying to figure out how he can impose his will on The People.

    What makes America great is its people who are allowed to live free in a republic based on the rule of law, “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”

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    1. @silenceofmind

      I would hardly describe the Donald as saintly, but he is a big improvement over the last guy. I think Ted Cruz might have been the better choice, but the Donald seems to be doing his level best to prove me wrong.

      The Donald may also be better at selling his proposals than Cruz would have been. I just hope what he eventually proposes is what we need.

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      1. Citizen,

        THE Donald is hardly a saint.

        But a saint is the last thing America needs right now.

        In THE Donald, the American people have a brawling, smash mouth street fighter.

        And the super sophisticated, corrupt Ruling Class hasn’t the foggiest idea what to do with him.

        I suspect that those people will be digging cake out of their undies for the next 4 years at least.

        Oh! How rude!!

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        1. @silenceofmind

          Well, God blessed Samson and made use of him, and he was hardly a saint. Nevertheless, we have plenty examples in the Bible of Godly people who were tough enough to crush the opposition. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to be in the practice of electing such people. I guess that probably explains Samson. Samson. The Donald. Two of kind? Could be.

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  3. Thanks, Tom for the mention and for tackling this issue.

    I am such a Constitutionalist about these things. Is the man over 35 and a natural born citizen? Than shut up already, he’s “qualified”according to the laws of our land. 🙂

    Now whether or not the American people are qualified to govern ourselves in a whole other matter. Some days I think we should call a up England and say “wait,we’ve changed our minds about this whole independence thing.” Of course, if you catch a few episodes of the British Parliament in action, it will cure you.

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  4. The only problem I would find with the ’employee’ analogy is that the hiring process between the people and the candidate is closer to that of an employer who has to hire someone through an agency or a labor union. That’s because the parties have a lot of control over their nominees. In the last election, that system hurt the Democrats a lot worse; but Republicans too were often stuck with RINO senators, congressmen, and governors that they couldn’t get rid of.

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    1. @The Night Wind

      That is true enough. Did not use to be that way. The primary system gives the political parties much of that control. People are a bit confused about conventions. Until state governments started interfering with how the parties select their candidates, third parties had a better chance at the polls. Consider, for example, how quickly the party of Abraham Lincoln replaced the Whig Party.

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