Qualifications

About a week ago (although I just read about it a few minutes ago) Michael Moore said he wished they would lower the age of eligibility for the presidency so that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez could run.
I suspect he wasn’t entirely serious.  It’s sort of like people saying we should change the ‘natural born citizen’ part so that Arnold Schwarzenegger could run, or wanting to eliminate the electoral college because their candidate lost the last election.
I am not against any of those things, but they would require constitutional amendments and those are really hard to get, so I’m not holding my breath.
In fact, I think we should be making it harder to run for president, and not easier.  After Trump, I certainly think it’s reasonable that any incoming president should be certified by a neutral board of psychiatrists as being sane.  How to ensure the neutrality of that board, I don’t know, but then you run into a quis costodiet ipsos custodiandem type of quandary, and it’s turtles all the bloody way down.  I, personally, would like to see them take an I.Q. test but a lot of people might holler discrimination at that one, and cultural bias.  Maybe they should at least have to take a citizenship test – what are the 3 branches of government, how many stars are on the flag, that sort of thing.
But, of course, we don’t have those requirements and it’s just up to the people to make sure that there are no clinically insane people in the race.  You can sometimes spot them.  They are the ones who say stuff that isn’t even close to true and don’t act even a little contrite when they are proven wrong.  Ensuring a candidate’s intelligence might be a little trickier.  But, if they don’t know how to spell hamburger, it’s kind of a dead giveaway.

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