What is a qualified Professional Career Politician?
This may be a surprise for some?
I had lunch with my good friend Glen Provost this week to discuss the recent election cycle. We have conflicting political views on many aspects but we both accept each other’s intelligence. One thing we both agree on is that our entire political system is outdated and inoperative. Glen has been diligently trying to promote one term limits on Congress. With small exceptions, I am on full agreement that this has to be the first step in a new beginning to get our political mess cleaned up.
This concept has been lively discussed on the Internet but no newspapers, magazines, political hacks on the “one-eyed monster” or radio have the gonads to even discuss this issue. I have never heard a member of Congress utter a word of support for making politics a public service instead of a career in my lifetime. Public service for politicians was the objective of the people who designed our Republic form of government. The framers of our constitution also required that we would be a nation of laws that we now ignore if you have political power.
Glen pointed out in our discussion that our political system in place today places re-election the first responsibility for any politician from Mayor to President. Glen has some other intriguing ideas about other improvements that will help the people regain control of Congress and put public servants back into politics.
One thing we both agreed on was that it is very unlikely we will never live long enough to see our thoughts even surface much less materialize. For the record, Glen is a retired Attorney and I am a retired registered Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Business. Realistically, the likelihood of our plans ever happening is less than zero.
Laws of the land and professional societies require that to provide professional services you must meet specific standards. Doctors and nurses must be specifically educated and licensed to practice medicine. Lawyers must be educated and pass exams to practice law, chase ambulances, annoy people with ad’s to sue somebody or become politicians. Professional Engineers and CPA’s must pass rigid exams to provide their services. This list is just an example and by strange coincidence, Lawyers are the only profession that is not liable for making mistakes.
We have 535 Americans serving in Congress. What are the minimum qualifications to serve in Congress?
The Constitution establishes the minimum qualifications for Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Members of the House must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for seven years and a legal resident of the state where the Congressional District is located.
Members of the Senate must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for nine years and legal resident of the state that elects him or her.
Wow, 18 year olds and illegal aliens can elect a Congressperson but don’t have the qualifications to serve. I suppose dead voters can serve as long as they are buried in the State or Congressional District they will represent. My, that seems strange just using common sense as a tool.
With the shape Americas is in today, it appears to be the time we demand qualifications for serving in Congress. They spend our money, raise taxes, manage the Postal Service, Amtrak and the TVA, make their own rules without public approval and spend 98% of their time they serve running for re-election.
Let’s review some fact’s, the postal Service just announced a $16,000,000,000.00 loss for 2012. Amtrak and the TVA have never posted a profit and the US is over $16,000,000,000,000.00 in debt. It must be acceptable to most voters who re-elected most incumbents who ran for re-election.
Question, “Do you feel comfortable with a Congress that allows its own members to break the law, avoid any punishment and allow them to be re-elected?” I don’t but we just saw it happen with Charles Rangel and others this month. Why?
I feel and I hope you agree that anyone who has the power to enact laws should at least pass a test on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court can’t agree on what these documents require and they are lifetime approved by a Senate that has no requirement to even read them.
I am working on what should be the minimum requirements to serve in Congress that I will share with you as I complete them. Should you have your own list of what you perceive to be minimum qualifications to serve in Congress, please send them to me? I will give credit to those who help me compile the lists.
The most sensible thing we should do is change the voting age to at least 25. This comes close to matching the new “Obamalaw” that kids are covered by their parents insurance until they are 26. Something fails to compute.