7 Important Qualifications to Become President of the United States of America
Are They Qualified?
This hub seeks to facilitate a conversation. The minimum qualifications to become president of the United States of America are outlined in Article II of the U.S. Constitution. Those minimum qualifications include being:
- a natural born citizen,
- the age of thirty-five years, and
- fourteen years a resident within the United States.
Even so, what other qualifications (meaning life experiences) would you like to see a candidate have on his or her resumé to be deemed worthy of consideration for the American presidency? What kind of vocational experience is best suited from the office of U.S. President? What educational level? What kind of volunteer service record (if any)? Or previous political experience? Should they have military experience? So what do you think? Let's have a conversation about the qualifications for the American presidency.
How important is proven character?
Central to the presidential election has been the character of the two candidates from the two major political parties. How important should proven character be as prerequisite for President of the United States? All human beings are flawed and it is likely that most presidential candidates running for office will have to make alliances with at least some others who don't share all their personal values. Still, how important is it that a candidate have proven character?
What kind of political experience should a presidential candidate have?
The office of the American presidency is a political office. The man or woman who commands from the Oval Office must be able to negotiate with other politicians in the US Senate, House of Representatives, as well as foreign dignitaries and leaders. The person who occupies the title leader of the free world must the ability to walk the tight rope between standing on conviction and compromise. More than that, he or she must be able to work the room and or the telephone for a result that advances America's vital interests. If so, how much previous political experience do you think a candidate for president of the United States should have to successfully carry out his responsibilities?
How much successful business experience do you think a presidential candidate should have?
The president of the United States of America commands the largest economy in the world. Even so, the US economy continues to lose market share as compared to other developing markets such as China, India, and Brazil. Some economists project that China will surpass the US in real GDP by as early as 2016 and in total GDP by 2030. Given the United States' role in the world economy, do you think the resume of a candidate for the American presidency should include a background in business organizational leadership? More than that, should the candidate demonstrate success in business?
What level of education should a presidential candidate have attained?
What type of educational background should an American presidential candidate have? The president of the United States must read large volumes of legislative data, keep up with the economic conditions, and have a continuously updated working knowledge of science, environment, and remain actively aware of the world at-large. He or she must have awareness and foresight to understand the prevailing conditions both domestically and internationally. Given the amount of information the president must process in order to make decisions about complex matters of domestic and foreign policy, what educational level do you think is best suited for the American presidency?
What previous military experience should a presidential candidate have?
The president of the United States of America's first constitutional duty is as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. He or she must understand the role of the military, the capacity of each division, and come up to speed quickly in terms of military strategy. If so, how much prior military experience do you think a candidate for American president should have to be effective in his or her duties as Commander-in-Chief? Only one of the last five President's (George H. W. Bush, decorated as a WWII combat pilot) had any real military experience (although George W. Bush trained for a limited time as a reserve). If a president would be more effective as the head of the armed forces, to what level of military expereince should he or she have attained?
Volunteer Community Involvement
How much previous volunteer community involvement should a candidate have had?
Volunteer Community Service
The president of the United States is America's top public servant. He or she should serve for the betterment of the country and its citizenry. Perhaps more than any other attitude, the occupier of the Oval Office should demonstrate a love for the country and inspire others to join in the work of betterment of the country. In most cases, ordinary American citizens will impact their neighborhoods and communities as volunteers. They will serve as volunteers in little league or soccer, PTSA members, school aides, and other community related positions. If so, to what extent should a candidate for the American presidency have given his or her extra time as a community volunteer?
How much foreign or international experience should a future president have?
Foreign Affairs Background
Some political pundits and presidential experts argue American presidents have more to say about foreign affairs than domestic affairs. Accordingly, they argue that the man in the Oval Office should have more international or foreign policy experience than domestic policy experience. No doubt, the president of the United States is America's chief diplomat. His or her position as Chief Diplomat coupled with his or her position as Commander-in-Chief makes wisdom and expertise in foreign affairs and foreign policy a must. If so, how much prior foreign policy or foreign business experience should a candidate for the American presidency have to be effective in his or her presidential duties?
How much prior overall leadership experience should a candidate have?
Overall Leadership Experience
Of course more than anything else the president of the United States of America is a leader. In fact, the man in the Oval Office has been often referred to as (a) the leader of the free world and (b) head of the earth's only remaining superpower. As such, the American president commands one of the most (if not the most) important leadership positions on the planet and even more so the country. So, if a person aspires to be a candidate for the American presidency, how much overall leadership experience should candidates have on their respective resumè(s).