In life, we all have needs and wants. These are two different things.
The needs, or necessities, of life are what it takes stay vertical and ventilated. We need air, food, water, and freedom to live. Everything beyond these adds or changes the quality of life. Restrictions upon any of these places our very existence in jeopardy.
The wants of life are your hopes, dreams, wishes, and covetous impulses. Many times these wants are detrimental to our lives and can end up threatening our actual needs. I WANT cake for breakfast – I can justify having it because cake provides some of what I need. But, what it supplies on the want side is NOT good for me.
What this little rant has been leading up to is the current hue and cry – on both sides of the political spectrum – for DOCUMENTS about our Presidential candidates. This side wants tax returns. That side wants college transcripts. Some cry out for medical records on both candidates.
I admit that I am not immune from the urge to know as much as I possibly can about the future leaders of our great nation. Sure, I’d love to know a young Barry Sotero managed to travel to Pakistan when American’s were prohibiting from visiting state sponsors of terrorism. I am not quite as concerned with whether Anne Romney’s horse was being bred with horses of big donors to her husband’s campaign. But, I’m sure someone is.
Guess what? The only way you are going to get this information is if the campaigns decide to release them. There is no law or constitutional requirement to provide every nosy-Nellie in the body politic with the private details of a candidate’s life. The campaigns also know that for every document that they release, the other side can and will twist and distort the information to their sides best advantage. Unfortunately, that is the era of politics in which we now live.
Here is what you Do get:
The Constitution of the United States of America
Article II, Section 1
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States
Any other information you get is gravy.
At the moment, Congress is ignoring the business of a nation in its worst economic crisis in almost 100 years. Unemployment is alarmingly high, trillions of dollars have been added to the deficit for make-work and payback for political supporters, and regulations are strangling the last spark of entrepreneurial spirit in this country. Meanwhile, your representatives are arguing over passage of a law to require the release of a candidates tax records, college transcripts, and medical records. This is a total waste of time designed to try to tar the other side with a brush dipped in obstructionism and deceit. What a crock!
Congress can not and should not pass any such legislation. The mere act of considering of such legislation is a violation of their oaths of office. If they would bother to read the Constitution that they have sworn to “support and defend”, they would know that they do not have the power to place requirements upon those who would seek to hold the office of President of the United States. To do that they need to amend the Constitution. Shame on them.
If you want more information, do your own research. Email the candidate’s campaign. Write a letter to the editor. Go to a town hall or rally and stand in line for the microphone. Don’t press your legislator to make a futile and unconstitutional effort to fulfill your wants. I don’t think it will get you what you need.