The President is not the country’s real estate developer. The President is not the country’s medical doctor. The President is not the country’s therapist. The President is not the country’s social worker.
The Constitution of the United States mandates that the President take an oath prior to the “Execution of his Office.” The oath is set out explicitly in Article II. It reads, “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.” This is the job description. Everything else is dicta.
Primary/caucus voters and convention delegates should treat the oath of office as a litmus test for all presidential candidates. If a candidate couldn’t find the oath in the Constitution, then the candidate should not be nominated by either political party.
President Lincoln was martyred for preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution to the best of his ability. 151 years removed from that terrible event, the Party of Lincoln is poised to nominate someone who exhibits little regard for the document and its underlying principles.
This election cycle has only produced cynicism and discord. Our sins are legion. An open convention is our only shot at redemption. We must get it right.
The Assembly Room in Independence Hall. I visited in 2014.