Monday, March 10, 2008

Unqualified Hope

Neither Barack H. Obama nor Hillary D. R. Clinton is qualified to be President of the United States.

They are both eligible, but not qualified.

First, neither one has any military experience whatsoever. They would both be a catastrophe, and given their anti-war rhetoric it is virtually certain that our enemies would test them.

Neither has any executive experience. Even the underqualified Bill Clinton was a governor. The equally underqualified George W. Bush allowed the media and his own desire for bipartisan cooperation to give us unneeded and outrageously expensive programs such as No Child Left Behind and Prescription Drug Freebies. He did campaign on that stuff, but the implementation of it betrays his lack of experience dealing with extreme partisans who claim not to be.

Neither one has a history of bipartisan collaboration, because both are partisans. When forced into working with political foes as President, neither would be any more effective than President Bush was at cooperating with political enemies. Now that I think about it, that might be a good thing.

Both are learning that a national election is a very different animal than a State or local one. In Hillary Clinton's case, being the candidate is a different role than advising one.

Let's look at all of the Presidents for the last 50 years or so.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was not just an Army General, but the Commander of Allied Forces in WWII. He was the General in charge of the army that won the bloodiest, most destructive war the planet has ever seen.

John F. Kennedy was a war hero, a three-term Congressman, two-term Senator, and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Lyndon B. Johnson was asix-term Congressman, as a Congressman volunteered for active Navy after Pearl Harbor, two term Senator, VP.

Richard M. Nixon
Naval officer in WWII, Congressman, Senator, two term VP

Gerald Ford Naval officer in WWII, 13-term Congresman, Speaker of the House, VP

James Earl Carter Naval officer ("nukelah" submarine engineer), Governor

Ronald W. Reagan Army officer (non-combat) Two-term Governor

George H.W. Bush: Naval officer, Congressman, Ambassador, CIA Director, VP
William J. Clinton: No military experience, Attorney General of Arkansas, Governor for 12 years
George W Bush: Air National Guard, Governor

John McCain: War hero, Congressman, four-term Senator
Hillary D. R. Clinton: Lawyer. First Lady. Two term Senator.
Barack H. Obama: 7 years Illinois State Senator. First term Senator.

Hillary Clinton is underqualified. Obama isn't even close, and the campaign is bearing that out.

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