Qualified to Be President


This presidential election cycle we are hearing a lot about this one or that one not being qualified for president. We hear this disqualifies him. This disqualifies her.

Through a good part of the primary season questions swirled around whether Texas Senator Ted Cruz met the qualification of being a natural-born citizen.

With Cruz not winning the Republican nomination and the fact that Cruz is one of the most disliked politicians among his colleagues in Washington DC, there was no need to pass a special law proclaiming him a natural-born citizen as was done for Arizona Senator John McCain in 2008.

Of course McCain was a war hero, who had been held as a prisoner of war in Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War, and was well liked on Capitol Hill by friend and foe alike. McCain also came from a long line of Naval officers and had been born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father was stationed there.

But that is an issue for another time, if Cruz tries to run again in 2020 or 2024.

Currently the issue has risen again about the two most disliked and untrustworthy candidates to ever sit atop the two major parties’ tickets.

Even the two minor party candidates, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein, have jumped into the conversation saying both Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are not qualified to be president.

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, at a news conference with the Prime Minister of Singapore in the East Room of the White House, jumped in the fray proclaiming Trump not qualified.

Earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania for Clinton made a case that he says disqualifies Trump from the Oval Office.

Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine routinely have made disqualifying Trump a part of their stump speeches.

On the other side of the aisle, from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus along with countless other GOP lawmakers pronounce Clinton is not qualified.

Trump constantly points to Democratic rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders saying time and time again that Clinton’s vote on the Iraq War and coziness with Wall Street bankers disqualifies Clinton from the presidency.

FBI Director James Comey, in confirming before Congress that Clinton did not tell the truth to the American people though she did to the FBI, said that Clinton was extremely careless in protecting American secrets with the use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Trump and company has seized on this to confirm Clinton is not qualified to return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Everyone seems to have a pocket Constitution these days. That’s the authority on who is or is not qualified to be president. So…open up your Constitution and refer to Article II Section 1 Clause 5:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

That my friends is the complete list of qualifications to run for and be elected to the highest office in the land.

From the Cornfield, we may not like this candidate or that candidate. We may not trust this candidate or that candidate. We may pray we had others from whom to choose.

But…alas!…both Trump and Clinton meet the constitutional qualifications to be president.

God help us all!

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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