Experience Isn't Everything

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In the political arena in 2008, some critics argue you have to have experience to become the president of the United States of America. Their rational is that not having experience would put this country at harms risk in respect to national security. However, this argument reminds me of how employers would deny perspective job applicants. How can you ever gain experience, unless you were given the opportunity to do the job? Barak Obama the presidential democratic front runner is now being attacked about his lack of experience, by members of his own party.

Let's take cliff notes on how our government is set up. Every State in the union has U.S congressmen, except Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S Virgin Islands and up until recently Washington D.C. Every congressman according to their respective state's population either creates or votes on legislation. Two thirds of the congress has to pass legislation before it goes to the Senate. In the Senate legislative bills are either ratified or killed and any bill that is passed must have the same two thirds approval. This branch of government is referred as the legislative branch.

As president your office is called the executive branch. This branch of government has several functions including the title of commander and chief. With such a broad range of responsibilities it would be impossible to have previous qualifications for such a demanding position. To delegate power, the president has cabinet positions which are appointed and must be approved by confirmation by the senate. Currently today we have fifteen presidential cabinet positions; Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Homeland Security, these men and women are responsible for executing are government affairs.

Our final branch of government is the judicial branch. This branch, which is also known as the Supreme Court, is responsible in protecting our rights under the constitution and to oversight the legislation that is passed by the congressional and executive branch. Also the court is responsible to review lower court cases from the state and local branches of government. All twelve judges that sit on the court were appointed by former presidents and their positions are lifetime for each judge.

It seems to me that under our system of government no one man or woman is truly qualified to be a president. Our current president W. Bush was a failed Texas businessman. To be a good president of the United States it takes a mandate or purpose, charisma or passion and good judgment of character. Obama's popularity and rise in the polls exemplifies all of these qualities that it takes to be a good president. Barak has a mandate for change of the way politics is done in our nation. People are sick and tired of big dreams and empty promises. The nation want's someone to stand up and deliver.

Mr. Obama has passion that is heart felt; it's not some empty chatter box spouting out a bunch of cleverly worded clichés. His victory speech after the Iowa caucuses was one of the most powerful speeches that will go down as one the best in American political history. Evidence on his judgment of character is too early to call, but the choices for his political advisor's is any indications of his judgment the nation and he'll be just fine. A president needs more than just experience, because he picks out others with expertise to advise him on just about any matter he needs a professional opinion on. Just like a good head coach or captain, a leader has to give people hope and confidence that if we work together we can overcome any obstacle that gets in our way and that is exactly what Barak Obama brings to the table.

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This article was published on 2010/04/04
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