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Five Questions Every Candidate Should Answer

Updated on May 27, 2020
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Introduction

What is a minimum expectation of every candidate that is running for office? No matter what office it is, they should have a good understanding of our Constitution. In recent news, I see some elected officials and even judges miss apply our Constitution. Here is a simple test to ask every candidate.

- May 2020

Question One

Q - Can you recite the first paragraph of the preamble to our Constitution?

Answer:

Question Two

Q - Can you recite the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence?

Answer:

Question Three

Q - Can you recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

Answer:

Question Four

Q. - What is our National Motto?

A. - In God We Trust.

Question Five

Q. - What is the First Amendment?

Answer:

Summary

These are basic questions every high schooler should know. Our elected officials should be well versed in the Constitution and basic civics. Unfortunately, we often elect people who are unqualified to rule. People like AOC have no knowledge of our Constitution, yet they are elected members of our Congress and are trying to shred our Constitution with their progressive agenda.

AOC...

Bonus Question

Q. - What are the three branches of government?

A. - Legislature, Executive and Judicial

Joe Biden on the Declaration...

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee

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    • Marie Flint profile image

      Marie Flint 

      14 months ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      If the politicians can't remember the basics of government, chances are the people voting for them don't remember, either.

      In Ancient Greece, only the free men in society debated at the forum and voted. This did not include women, artisans, or servants. Nearly all of the people who have run for office in the United States have had an education in law. I once read that nearly all the women who have served in U.S. government had Girl Scouts in their life's experience. You have to love bureaucracy and politics to be a politician. You have to know how the political system works and feel good to be a part of it. There is always the temptation, however, to want things "your way." That doesn't work. Teamwork does. Checks and balances is about teamwork. Diplomacy and compromise are only effective when all is known about a situation or problem.

      Frankly, I don't care if a politician temporarily puts a "foot in the mouth." What path is that person trying to create for the country? Am I in agreement with that basic direction?

      That young gal had trouble mentioning the judicial branch because the common people don't vote for judges--the president appoints them and they're approved by Congress. Indirectly we have a say, but we have to rely on the judgment of the people for whom we've voted.

      Personally, I think there should be a specific program for anyone running for a public office, especially the presidency. Part of the program would be two years' manual labor experience on a farm.

      Our politicians tend to forget the little guy, just as the Ancient Greeks did with their women, artisans, and servants. History repeats and the pendulum swings. In this new millennium, we need experts of diplomacy and teamwork. We need people who remember the "least of these."

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