Daily Archives: June 12, 2008

He doesn’t have enough experience!!

It’s about all the Republicans have in their arsenal against Barack Obama. Okay. Let’s discuss “lack of experience” as it applies to the job of President of the United States.

Job experience prior to becoming POTUS means precisely dick. Yes, I said it. It’s worthless. The only people who can arguably be said to have any experience are presidents running for re-election. Certain jobs simply cannot be guaged by previous experience. President is one of them, as are police officer, fire fighter, soldier and surgeon. Because until one is in that position, it’s impossible to predict what reactions, what decisions one will make.

Let’s see:

Bill Clinton had no experience as a Senator or Representative prior to being elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978.

George H.W. Bush had 4 years of experience as a Representative before being plunked on the ticket as vice-president in 1980.

Ronald Reagan had 8 years experience as governor of California prior to becoming President. I don’t believe he held an elected political position prior to becoming governor.

Jimmy Carter had 4 years experience as a governor of Georgia before becoming President.

Gerald Ford was a Representative for 24 years.

Let’s not forget our current president, whose years as governor of Texas led to the biggest presidential fail in modern history.

What executive experience has John McCain had? If “being governor” is the acid test, what was McCain governor of? Lack of executive experience applies to both candidates here, and to attempt to assert otherwise is to attempt to ignore certain rather important facts.

Let’s move on to the next issue, then. “He’s ELITIST!”

OMG! You mean….he can read? And believes in education? Look, call me silly, but I don’t care if he’s someone I can have a beer with or not. What I care about, and this may sound a bit arbitrary to you, is whether he understands the economy. If he understands foreign policy. Has ideas on how to fix our crumbling infrastructure, bring our troops home, and how to fix our national health care crisis. Maybe I’m elitist too, but I think those things are a hell of a lot more important than whether or not a candidate would be seen at an Applebee’s salad bar (when they get around to actually having them in their restaurants).

Court rules on Guantanamo, Bush pouts & whines

The SCOTUS ruled today in favor of Gitmo detainees, stating that they have the right to challenge their cases in US courts. President Bush, on his “Farewell tour” in Europe, reacted rather predictably:

“We’ll abide by the court’s decision,” Bush said during a news conference in Rome. “That doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.”

“It was a deeply divided court, and I strongly agree with those who dissented,” Bush said. “And that dissent was based upon their serious concerns about U.S. national security.”

As usual, what Mr. Bush failed to grasp was that the SCOTUS isn’t there to uphold his personal opinions about national security. The SCOTUS is there to interpret the Constitution, and whether or not the cases brought before it reflect the Constitution, or are in violation of it. In this case….well, duh. It is not lawful to detain people without charging them. It is not lawful to withhold due process, or a trial in front of a jury of one’s peers.

This is no longer about national security, if it ever was. It’s about an insistence of the unitary executive; a concept so deeply flawed that it has divided and fractured our country’s political landscape to the extent that it will take decades to mend. Last time I checked, the entire reason this country exists is because we decided a “unitary execuitve” doesn’t work.

Since Reagan, the SCOTUS has been used as a political football (possibly even earlier, but it became more evident during the Reagan administration). It seems the term “activist judges” is only applicable when decisions are made with which one disagrees. But the fact remains, our President is under the impression that congress and the Supreme Court exist only to make and interpret laws of which he approves.

November can’t come fast enough.