Do “Qualified” Politicians Exist?

While the Trump selections do puzzle me, I am more puzzled at all the bashing on the “unqualified” selections for the Presidential Cabinet.  First, none of these positions have the power to do anything.  The Presidential Cabinet according to –

Established in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office.


From my view the “qualified” people for the past 30 years have not done that great of a job. The “qualified” people shut down the government many times.  Costing hard-working Americans a paycheck, while the “qualified” politicians still received their pay.
What is the criteria for “qualified” individuals? Why are career politicians “qualified”? Is there a certification or board that they must pass in order to become a politician?
Doctors have medical boards. Lawyers pass the bar exam. Truck drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s licence.  IT professionals pass a ton of certifications. What qualifies an individual to be a politician?  Merriam-Webster’s Definition of politician
  1. 1:  a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially :  one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government

  2. a :  a person engaged in party politics as a profession

    b :  a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons

According to the definition an individual needs the skills to run a business.  Running a business and doing the work of the business is two totally different things.  I am sure that there are those out there that have bosses who can not do your job but are still your boss.

A hospital administrator is a great example.  Hospital administrators are responsible for the overall performance of the hospital.  Does that mean they are performing surgery or drawing blood?  Are they “unqualified” for the position?  After all they are not medical professionals.  If politicians who have never had to support a family on hourly wages are “qualified” to lead a country of  wage earners.  Than anyone is “qualified” to be a politician.

How are the “unqualified” selections any different?  Presidential cabinet positions are executive leadership positions of advisement. While the opinions may not be the best from his team of advisers. The President still has to act on those opinions, either by executive order or through Congressional legislation.  Also each member must by approved by Congress.

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. –

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

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