Diary

Millions of Americans are more qualified than the current president

April 3, 2009

For the first time in memory, millions of Americans are more qualified to be president than the current president, Barack Obama….and we are starting to realize it.
Since the turn of the 20th century, there have been 19 presidents. Until Obama all had executive, and or military leadership experience.
Nine were governors, (5 of large states). Many were successful in business, military leaders, ambassadors or directors of agencies such as the CIA. Some ascended to the presidency after learning their trade as long serving congressmen, senators and many were vice presidents.

The vast majority of recent presidents had been governors (from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush all were former governors and / or vice presidents) and all had been established leaders including John F. Kennedy (Naval leadership during WWII) who up until Obama had the thinnest resume when elected president.

Though millions of Americans are highly educated and accomplished in multiple fields, few of us could convincingly argue our qualifications to be president compared to those above. I am not saying many of us could not have done a better job than some of these presidents but simply on paper, the vast majority of us would not appear as qualified.

Then came Barack Obama. Citing his alarmingly light qualifications from the White House’s own website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president_obama/)
“After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African—American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.
President Obama’s years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.”
In summary, his self espoused qualifications are:
o working with churches
o leading a voter registration drive
o teaching law
o Illinois state senator where he “cut taxes for working families…” As opposed to cutting taxes for non working families (as he is doing now.)
o During his first 2 months as president he has negated any claimed successes in lobby reform by hiring numerous former lobbyists into his administration.
o Putting federal spending online and transparency: cynically he has already negated this qualification by pushing through the reckless “stimulus” package while ignoring his pledge to allow a 5 day online review prior to signing.
His lack of qualifications is alarming and many of his claimed successes already been refuted.
Because his resume is so thin, he will not get the benefit of the doubt from the average American for much longer. When it came to previous presidents with strong credentials the average American would trust that the president is making the right decision. While we may not have understood or may not have agreed with it most citizens would trust that “the president knows more than me, so I assume his decision is correct.”
Not so with Obama. For example, millions of us average Americans know more about the economy and how it works than the president does.
How do I know? Because I am an average American; a college educated middle manager with 20 years work experience and 43 years of life experience including being a married father of two pre-teens with two mortgages, aging parents and been laid off twice. (http://www.redstate.com/users/joeconnor/) There are millions of Americans with similar backgrounds to mine who understand basic economics and the principles of human behavior Obama apparently does not understand or, due to his socialist ideology, refuses to recognize.
For example, while Obama does not seem to get it, the average American knows:
o Spending money on credit does not dig people out of financial trouble but greatly worsens it
o Showing weakness by reaching out to those who would hurt us while shunning those who support us only puts us in greater danger
o Promising money to those who have failed and taking from those who succeed only encourages failure
o Changing the rules in the middle of a game makes no one want to play with you anymore
o You are judged by those you associate with
o The government cannot even run a DMV office efficiently. We shutter to think what government ownership of automobile companies, banks or God forbid, our health would mean for us.
For now, the average American yells at the TV when Obama’s teleprompter speaks, frustrated, and increasing angrily correcting all the platitudes he serves with what we know is right.
Let’s pray that before we see the results of Obama’s socialist policies in high inflation, increased taxes, massive unemployment, increased corruption as “stimulus” money disappears, increased government and international control of our lives, and property and increased vulnerability to terrorist attack, the average American stops yelling at the TV and does something about it.
We Average Americans need to stand up for our beliefs, take ownership of the situation and reclaim our country from these incompetent ideologues. We need to put our elected officials on warning that they will lose their jobs (power) if they continue to grab power from the people.
We know better.