Conservative First

December 28, 2008

No Experience Necessary: Qualifications for Public Office

During the campaign season this year, there was a lot of discussion about Barack Obama’s and Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the offices of president and vice president, respectively.  Now people are questioning Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s qualifications to fill Hilary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate.  (Of course, Schlossberg is just as qualified as Clinton was–not at all.)

As far as I’m concerned, political experience is not a necessary qualification for someone to hold a public office at the national or state level.  I can’t imagine that the Founding Fathers thought it was.  In fact, I would argue that we are better off with people in the state and national legislative and executive branches who do not have experience in office.

I can think of four necessary qualifications for public officials:

  1. conservative principles
  2. integrity
  3. intelligence
  4. initiative

Obviously, Obama, the vast majority of Democrats, and quite a few Republicans are disqualified because they do not have conservative principles.  A lot more Republicans are lacking in integrity and intelligence.  (As I see it, people who run for public office demonstrate their initiative by doing so.)

Some people would argue that without political experience, officials won’t get as much done.  To that, I would say, “Good!”

Others would claim that officials without political experience would be more easily swayed by staff members and lobbyists.  That wouldn’t be the case if those officials have integrity and intelligence.

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