We are to blame for Obama presidency

info@islandpacket.comDecember 19, 2013 

More than one letter writer has complained that President Obama is incompetent. Unfortunately, the real incompetency resides elsewhere. We can blame either democracy itself or the electorate. I believe both bear the responsibility for the president's flawed stewardship.

Our Founding Fathers never could have imagined the power and responsibility of the executive nor the complexities of such a position in managing domestic and global affairs.

Unfortunately, the Founding Fathers may have ignored the important role that competence plays in politics. Any charlatan can ascend to the leadership of the United States by simply garnering enough votes to win. Due to the electorate's growing inability to differentiate between competency and incompetency, elections can devolve into personality-based contests or beauty contests.

Also, there is no measure of competency via a test or exam for an individual seeking to become a representative, senator or president. This qualification oversight is surely a contributor to the rising incompetence among elected officials. For those low ratings Congress receives, they still get elected by more than 50 percent of the local vote!

President Obama appears to have been elected due to his personal appeal and charisma, not by his experience or record -- so don't blame him.

The lack of measurable qualifications for this office holder and the electorate guarantees an uphill battle for creating competency in government.

Thomas E. Nugent

Hilton Head Island

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