Shouldn’t a President be qualified?

If I walked into a hospital and demanded to be employed as a doctor, I’d be laughed out of the building (or detained for a mental health check) because I have no qualifications, no training. If I wanted to work at a call centre, the first thing they’d ask is whether I had sales experience, or customer service experience. If this sounds obvious, it’s because it should be. Jobs should require experience and training from those who would hold these positions. This is necessary to ensure any and all jobs performed in our society are done by qualified individuals. So why is it that arguably the most important position in the entire world requires no such qualifications?

I’m talking about the office of President of the United States of America. If I wanted to run for President I could do it (if I was American, obviously). The only things realistically preventing me from doing it are that I’m poor and an atheist (and again the American thing), because I wouldn’t be able to mount a convincing campaign without money and people think atheists are evil (because nonsensical reasons). Seriously, look it up. The only concrete qualifications one requires is to be American and to be over 35 years of age. No requirements for knowledge of political science or economics, no need for diplomatic experience or frankly, skills of any kind. Does that make sense? If we have skill requirements to work at McDonalds why aren’t there any for the President?

Look, as I mentioned above, I am not American. And you might say, well it’s none of your business how we elect our President. But the problem is that what happens in the US doesn’t stay in the US. Who becomes the President of the United States ultimately affects the entire world, your power and your reach is that long. And frankly, if I can speak for the rest of world, you’re scaring the crap out of us.


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