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The Most Important Qualification to Be President

By Scott Rohter, August 2011 edited August 2015

“Vacillating and inconsistency are as incompatable with personal success
as they are with self respect and human dignity.”

George Washington said it best... "The greatest title of all is to be called an honest man." When everything is all said and done what is the most important qualification to be President of the United States? What is that singularly important qualification we need to look for in any candidate who is running for that high office? Is it the ability to create jobs or to fix the economy? I know that is important, but is that really the most important thing ? I don't think so. Is it a high level of intelligence that is most sorely needed in the White House? Well if that is the case then we should just elect the person with the highest IQ. That would be Professor Stephen Hawking, but he isn't running for President. Is the most important qualification to be President the ability to deliver a good speech from time to time such as at the State of the Union Address, and to be able to persuade large numbers of people oratorical skill? If it is than Barack Obama is pretty good at it, or is the most important qualification to be President of the United States real integrity that comes from having good old fashioned character and moral values which is what we need the most in our government? Integrity is defined by Webster as “incorruptibility”, i.e. uncompromising honor and virtue. Please read my article Beyond Compromise which is also linked at the end of this story.

I'll tell you what I think... I think that Barack Obama is arguably one of the best public speakers that has ever occupied the presidential podium, but to quote from Herman Cain during the last election, “How is that working out for you?” Personally I can't stand to hear the sound of his voice anymore. I can't stand to hear any more of his long winded speeches because I don't want to listen to any more of his lies. This goes back to the matter of character doesn't it? Some other effective speakers of the 20th century include: Lewis Farrakahn (the head of the Nation of Islam) and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright (the pastor of Barack Obama's Chicago church). Do you remember him? His most famous sound bite was, “America's chickens are coming home to roost!” Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, and Jeremiah Wright are all powerful speakers, but they are all leading people down the wrong path.

Probably the most effective public speaker of the 20th century was a little known artist, and political organizer from Austria by the name of Adolf Schikelgruber, a.k.a. Adolf Hitler. Together with his information minister, Joseph Goebbels they were able to persuade an entire generation of Germans to do horrible things. They brainwashed millions of people into believing their propaganda which led the world to war and caused the deaths of over fifty million people including the extermination of over six million Jewish civilians . The false political premise that led Germans to to believe the propaganda that they were a superior race whose destiny was to rule the whole world was reinforced over and over again by effective public speakers. So much for the power of persuasion.

Without a doubt the greatest orator to have ever used his silver tongue to influence world events and persuade people to do bad things is the silver tongued devil himself, Lucifer. How would you like to have him running for President? I wonder which party he would belong to... Democrat or Republican ? (Probably Democrat!) So what is my point? The ability to speak well and to be able to persuade others is NOT the most important qualification to be the President of the United States! I wouldn't vote for somebody just because they were a good public speaker or you might as well cast your ballet for Lewis Farrakahn or Jeremiah Wright.

How important is intelligence as far as Presidential qualifications go and what value should we place on a Presidential candidate's IQ ? It is important, but it is not the most important qualification to be President. That's why Presidents have cabinets and appoint experts to advise them on all sorts of different things. No one person can possibly know all there is to know about everything. Let me give you another example from history...

Who was a better king, David or Solomon? Solomon's wisdom was well known in his time. He was purported to be the wisest man that ever lived. His wisdom was legendary. Other monarchs and dignitaries traveled from all over the world to his little kingdom on the Jordan river to hear his judgments and to benefit from his wisdom and yet Solomon made many mistakes in his personal life and in governing too. Within one generation of his death his little kingdom which he inherited from his father was split into two parts. Weak and divided his people then became a prey for other nations bigger than they were. Only after two thousand years of exile would the descendants of Solomon's people return to their ancient land and re-establlish a new country for themselves, and declare their freedom in a small portion of Solomon's ancient kingdom.

So much for great wisdom,... but David whose heart was right with God made a much better King than his son Solomon did because his heart was right with God. He was more concerned with virtue than he was with wisdom. He made mistakes of course and his government was not without its problems too, but those problems usually occurred when his decisions were not rooted in honorable intentions or because he let his own personal feelings get in the way of good judgment. In other words the lack of Solomon's wisdom didn't actually hurt King David and all of Solomon's wisdom still couldn't keep Solomon from getting into trouble nor help maintain his kingdom long after his death. It was their own personal character flaws, not their lack of wisdom that troubled both of them, and yet all of their wisdom couldn't keep either of them from making the mistakes that were caused by their character flaws. In the end George Washington had it right. It is character that matters the most, not wisdom. In this historical analogy we can see just how important character really is.

So now I have discussed the most important qualification which is necessary to be President. It isn't wisdom or the power to persuade. It is character and integrity. So look for integrity in a leader who wants to be your next President. Look for integrity in a Presidential candidate and don't be hoodwinked by wisdom, or the gift of gab, or the power of persuasion. Vote for the candidate who has the greatest integrity... and remember Webster. Integrity means incorruptibility.

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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