Only One Requirement

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I’d like to say a word or two about the President of the United States of America. No, not any particular president, but rather the Office of President.

I won’t use a lot of words; it won’t take many.

I’ll start by saying that most people have their preference of who should be living in the White House. And yes, I have my preferences also.

But I feel there’s only one requirement a person MUST meet if they’re to lead this great land; if they are going to be the leader of the free world.

Before I tell you that one requirement, allow me to say what IS NOT a requirement.

–they do not have to believe in God, Jesus, the Bible, or the Holy Spirit. They can be an atheist for that matter. The person isn’t voted on as if they’re a candidate for the church pastorate.

–they don’t have to be pro-life.

–they needn’t be a musician, painter, or skilled at solving the Rubik’s Cube.

–they can be black, white, yellow, red, or purple. They can wear tan shoes, with pink shoelaces. It doesn’t matter. But a certain color isn’t required.

–whether or not the person is a veteran of the armed forces matters not to me.

–they can be a vegan, raise happy chickens that lay happy eggs. Whatever.

Only one REQUIREMENT, as far as I’m concerned.

–No, they don’t have to be Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Tea Party, or No Party.

–They don’t need to believe what I believe, love what I love, or hate what I hate. They may do things I don’t like, but are, in reality, best for this country.

Just one requirement: they must be able to faithfully do what they swore (or affirmed) they’d do – faithfully execute the office of President, and preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Plain as the Oath they repeat.

“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.”

But if they can’t do that one thing, then regardless of their color, faith, political party, or what they ate for breakfast, they need to QUIT or be fired.

And those of us who come under the heading of “We the People” have a responsibility to demand the president keeps that one charge.

Agree? Why or why not?

6 Comments

  1. Agreed, even though you’d like to see good qualities and character as well. You are correct that they do as they swore, and defend the country and constitution. It is our responsibility as Americans to force him/her (in present day: him: Obama) from office, when our Congress will not. We are the ultimate authority.

    • Oh, for sure, I’d like to see the kind of character worth imitating. I would prefer they would be God fearing and have the same beliefs as mine. But there’s a big difference between preference and requirement. Thanks for commenting. Jan

  2. Dennis D. Niles

    I am in full agreement. Defending the Constitution in times like these is a serious thing. It is the one stabilizing force that should be unbending along with being a guiding force in decisions that can easily have worldwide implications. Furthermore, it is an assumption that the office holder of President has leadership capabilities and the character to reinforce those qualities. That is something that must not be taken for granted. The leadership issue alone can easily undermine the responsibilities that would be derived from the Constitution.

  3. Thistle

    IMO Obama has failed totally on all counts in regards to preserving/protecting the US Constitution & protecting the American people.And I’m pretty sure some of those incidents such as the Benghazi fiasco,Fast & Furious & going around Congress untold times are indeed treasonous offences.

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