As we head into the midterm election and presidential election seasons, it is important to declare that this column and journalist is “independent”. Such a declaration is necessary to underscore that neither political party has won or bought my heart and mind. Neither have earned my respect, although the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence hold whole hearted allegiance. Having gotten that off my chest, see the photo that is an emailed attachment that came from Reince Priebus, Republican National Chairman. He wants donors to pay to send copies of the Constitution to President Obama.
Now, consider how ignorant that this political ploy is in view of President Obama’s experience.
- Obama was elected editor of the Harvard Law Review
- Obama clerked an an associate at the firms of Sidley Austin and then Hopkins & Sutter
- Obama graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard
- Obama landed a book contract
- Obama was visiting fellow at the University of Chicago teaching constitutional law
- Obama joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development
- Obama was State Senator in Illinois
- Obama was U.S. Senator
- Obama is a two-term President of the United States
By comparison, here is the experience who wants to throw the Constitution around as a political ploy.
- Priebus attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he majored in English and political science
- Priebus graduated cum laude in 1994 and prior to that had been elected to serve as student body president
- Priebus clerked for the Wisconsin State Assembly Education Committee
- Priebus graduated with a J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Miami Law School, Coral Gables
- Priebus joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a Wisconsin law firm and became a partner
- Priebus ran for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004 but lost to the Democratic incumbent, Robert Wirch
- Priebus stepped down as general counsel for the Republican National Committee (RNC) and then announced his candidacy for chairman
- Priebus became chairman of the RNC, inheriting a $23 million debt from his predecessor Michael Steele
What is stellar about Reince Priebus? You tell me.
It is time for American voters to carefully examine the resumes of every single person from each party who portend to be experts about assessing candidate qualifications. The President knows the Constitution very well. Some Congressional leaders, principally the Speaker of the House is not a lawyer and surely not qualified for his position. Thus, we have frivolous lawsuits and ignorance breeding ignorance.