We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The document that starts with the above Preamble is the Constitution of the United States of America. Written in 1787, it was ratified by 11 of the 13 states by 1788, put into force in 1789, and ratified by all 13 states by 1790. It contains only 7 articles, but has been amended 27 times, the first 10 amendments constituting the “Bill of Rights”.
I just wrote the short paragraph above from my knowledge of the Constitution, as an ordinary citizen, without doing any fact-checking or research. Feel free to check my facts. I am not bragging, I am simply stating that since the Constitution is the foundation for all law made and upheld in the United States, I think it is important to have a basic knowledge of how it came to be, what it represents, and what it contains. It is important for me, as a citizen, and it is even more important for our lawmakers, including the president, congress and judicial representatives.
One of the two candidates hoping to be president next year met with members of Congress today and, on being asked if he would uphold the 1st Amendment, he stated “Not only will I stand up for Article One, I’ll stand up for Article Two, Article Twelve, you name it of the Constitution.” Note, please, that I stated above there are only 7 articles in the Constitution. Seven. Not twelve. Not fifteen or twenty. Seven. 7.
Many citizens of the U.S. may not know how many articles comprise the original document, and that is fine. I would not necessarily expect them to, unless they have studied Constitutional Law or are history buffs. But for a man who is supposedly hoping to attain the highest office in the nation to be so ignorant of the very laws he would swear to uphold is inexcusable. I do not know how many pair of chromosomes are on a strand of DNA, but I am not striving to be a geneticist. I would not know a solid fuel rocket from a peanut, but I do not aim to be either a NASA scientist or a peanut farmer, so that is okay. But would you go to a doctor who did not know where your pancreas was located? No, you would not. Similarly, you would not vote for a man for president who does not know even the most basic information about the Constitution, the very foundation of the nation he hopes to lead.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
That is the oath of office that every president is required to take on the day of his or her inauguration. Donald Trump is not qualified to utter that oath, because he does not know the document he claims he will preserve, protect and defend any better than I know a strand of DNA or a solid fuel rocket.
Perhaps the most disturbing element of Trump’s faux pas is not even that he has no idea what is in the Constitution as that he does not appear to care! The man has had 13 months now on the campaign trail, 13 months to learn at least a few things about how the U.S. government functions and the role of each of the three branches, yet he has not studied a single aspect, as best as anybody can tell, of United States government. He appears to believe that it is not important for him to understand a single fact about the job for which he is applying. He has praised Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Bashar al-Assad, Muammar Gaddafi, and most recently Saddam Hussein. And now he says, in a nutshell, “I do not know anything about the job, I am not qualified, and I do not care.” That, my fellow citizens, is the most frightening thing about this man’s candidacy.
Most of us knew from the day he announced his candidacy that Donald Trump was by no stretch of the imagination qualified to lead the nation. Not a single thing he has said or done since that day in June 2015 has changed my mind. This is the undeniable proof that Donald J. Trump must not win the November election, else we might as well throw the U.S. Constitution in the fire and let it burn. Think about it.