by Nick Shepard – Staff Reporter
Who is qualified to be President of the United States? Should a person, perhaps, have served as a U.S. Senator for eight years? Or maybe act as the U.S. Secretary of State? What if you’ve already lived in the White House, would this give you experience?
Before he was president, John F. Kennedy, the man who got us on the moon and negotiated us out of the Cuban Missile Crisis, only had experience as a Senator and a member of the House of Representatives. Ronald Reagan was credited by some Republicans with the resolution of the Cold War, but only had experience as the governor of California after his career as an movie actor. Abraham Lincoln, who led the the U.S. through the Civil War, had only been a member of the Illinois and U.S. Houses of Representatives, before becoming president.
According to our current president and commander-in-chief, Barack Obama, these three qualifications are exactly what is needed to make progress as president in the Oval Office. On July 26 at the Democratic National Convention, he said, “there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill Clinton, nobody, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States.”
All you have to look at is her voting record as a U.S. Senator from New York, to understand why she is the most qualified candidate. She voted in the widely accepted Military Force Authorization directly following the Sept. 11 attacks, she voted down the expansion of offshore oil wells and development of oil shale, she makes decisions that are fundamental to the function of our country, and she, no doubt, will make the same kinds of decisions in the White House.
When the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, was finally killed in 2011, Clinton was there in the situation room. Speaking at a Cincinatti rally in August, she said, “I brought to those discussions my experience as a senator from New York on 9/11 and my commitment to do whatever I could in whatever role I had to bring bin Laden to justice.” When the 3000 Americans who were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001 were finally avenged, she was right there making tough choices. These types of decisions could keep our country out of whatever troubles may come our way.
If you want to promote a more modern and elevated version of teaching, and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote. If you want the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership to be repealed and replaced with a plan that will bring back American jobs from overseas, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote. If you want to strengthen our southern border, while still paving a realistic path to citizenship, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote. If you want the immensely successful Affordable Care Act to not only be protected but expanded upon, so it can reach even beyond the 20 million people it covers, Hillary Clinton deserves your vote.
Ironically, in 2008, when she was running for president, Clinton even recieved an endorsement from prominent billionaire and businessman Donald J. Trump, who wrote on his website, “I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president… Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person.” If she’s able to stem cooperation on both sides of the aisle like this, there’s no doubt that as president she could work to clear the current gridlock we are seeing in congress and actually lead our country to true progress.
It is indeed difficult to be qualified, let alone overqualified, for the job as the most powerful person on the planet, but with her proven track record as being a positive force for the American public in years past, this election shouldn’t even be a contest; Hillary Clinton will continue to make the right decisions for the people and will turn out to be one of the best presidents this nation has ever seen.