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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, honesty is still the most important qualification to be the President of the United States just as it was in George Washington's time. It is still the single important qualification we need to look for in any candidate running for any political office. It is not their financial expertise or their ability to create millions of jobs or fix the economy. That is important, but it isn't the most important thing. It isn't their intelligence that needs to be put under a microscope and thoroughly examined. If it is then we should just select the person with the highest IQ to be the President of the United States. It isn't their ability to deliver a good speech from time to time and persuade millions of people. Of course that helps, but if that is what really matters most than Barack Obama will go down in history as a pretty good President. The most important qualification to be President of the United States is the real integrity that comes from having good character and sound moral values. That is what is so sorely lacking in politics today... integrity, incorruptibility, uncompromising honor, and virtue.

Barack Obama was arguably one of the best public speakers to ever occupy the Oval Office, but I couldn't stand to hear the sound of his voice because I didn't want to hear any of his lies. Probably the most effective public speaker of the 20th century was a little known Austrian artist by the name of Adolf Schikelgruber who achieved success as a political organizer and changed his name to Adolf Hitler. Together with his information minister Joseph Goebbels they were able to persuade an entire generation of Germans to commit horrendous atrocities. They brainwashed a whole nation into believing that they were a superior race and plunged the whole world into war. They caused the deaths of over fifty million Europeans including the extermination of over six million Jews. The false premise that led Germans to believe they were destined to rule the whole world was reinforced over and over again by the effective public speaking of Hitler and Goebbels. So much for the power of persuasion in the hands of people without scruples. I'll always choose good old fashioned honesty over the gift of gab in the hands of people without character.

How important is intelligence when it comes to evaluating someone's qualifications to be President? If intelligence is what matters most then why not just select the candidate with the highest IQ and save us all from the drama and suspense of an election every four years? Let me give you an example from history...

Who was a better king, David or Solomon? Solomon was reputed to be the wisest man that ever lived. His wisdom was legendary. Other monarchs and dignitaries traveled to his little kingdom on the Jordan River from all over the world to hear him and see how he governed, and yet Solomon made so many mistakes both in his personal life and in governing that within one generation after his death his tiny kingdom which he inherited from his father was divided into two parts. Weak and divided his people then became victims of other nations mightier than they were. So much for wisdom, but David whose heart was right with God made a better King than his wise son Solomon because he always wanted to do the right thing. He was more concerned with virtue than he was with wisdom. He was not perfect and he made mistakes too. His government was not without its problems, but those problems only 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. All of Solomon's wisdom couldn't keep Solomon from making mistakes or maintain his kingdom long after his death. George Washington had it right. It is character that matters the most, not wisdom.

The most important qualification to be President isn't wisdom or the power of persuasion. It is a person's character and integrity that matter most. So look for honesty in a candidate who wants to be our next leader. Look for integrity in a Presidential candidate and don't be impressed by their wisdom, or fooled by their power of persuasion. Vote for the candidate with the greatest integrity not the highest IQ... and remember what George Washington said... "The greatest title of all is to be called an honest man."

"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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