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Why Do We Keep Producing Unqualified Candidates in the US?

Updated on April 8, 2019
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Kathleen Cochran is a writer & former newspaper reporter/editor who traveled the world as a soldier's better half. Her works are on Amazon.

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In a country where any fine, young person can grow up to be president . . . . .

Why doesn't one?

Many of us are asking ourselves how did we get to this point in America? Look at this cast of characters running for our highest office. Where did they come from?

An early morning pundit recently made an interesting argument in an attempt to answer this pressing question. He said today's candidates have morphed from questionable candidates in the recent past. Candidates who ran for reasons other than actually winning the office they were seeking. They wanted to sell their book(s), they wanted to gain national name recognition, or they ran to shape the debate on a single subject. But because of skeletons in their closet, lack of experience, or extreme leanings to the right or to the left, they knew in the end they were unelectable.

But still they ran. And we let them. We supported them. We contributed to them. In our primaries, we even voted for them, knowing as well as they did that they were basically unelectable.

Since the end of the administration of Bush, the Younger, the cast of characters in the Grand Old Party have been varied and colorful. What they also have been is ridiculous. Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, Mitt Romney, now Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and finally Donald Trump. Seriously?

This is the best we can do? We're supposed to take the Grand Old Party seriously with candidates like this? Why won't the good people in this party run? Where is Colin Powell when we need him? Where is the highest ranking black woman in history? Wouldn't that have been an exciting campaign, one worthy of this great nation? Did Paul Ryan run for vice president last time? Isn't running for his party's nomination kind of the next thing on his resume? Why doesn't somebody draft the governor of South Carolina? There are some great people in the Republican Party. Where are they when they are needed?

Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

When good people do not step up, we get the cast of characters we've been watching on our televisions for the past year. God Bless America. We're going to friggin' need it.

Why? Why? Why?

How did we end up with these choices?

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How did we get here?

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    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      12 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      And now this character has brought us to a new low in the actions of American presidents. I realize civilians may not understand the significance of what happened at LaFayette Square when U.S. military forces were used to disperse peacefull protestors so a president could have a photo op. But anyone who has ever raised their right hand and sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States understands.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Funny. Almost any one of the 20+ Democrats running so far for 2020 would be more impressive than the Republicans of 2016. Unfortunately, one of those clowns got the Electoral College to sneak him into the White House in spite of the fact that the majority of Americans had more sense. If you don't want this horror to happen again, contact your state legislature and encourage them to sign on to The National Popular Vote contract. One person. One vote. And God protect us from the clowns.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I saw his behavior for myself. That is a fact.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Kathleen

      What was the worst part of the Kavanaugh hearing was Feinstein using Ford to wait until they were ready to vote, and then bring up Ford. Then they kept whining for more investigations and they weren't happy with the results. Feinstein and the democrats used Ford to delay the hearing and used to additional investigations for political advantage so close to the 2018 election and it paid off for them because they play down and dirty.

      A person with your judgement shouldn't have been any kind of reported, as facts don't seem to resonate with your comments.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Trump and Kavanaugh were their own worse enemies. They reaped what they sowed. The accusations against Kavanaugh didn't bother me. How he responded to them - did. A person with that temperament shouldn't be sitting on any bench any where.

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      Ken Burgess 

      2 years ago from Florida

      I would think the reason's why we do not get good hearted, well meaning, highly capable candidates would be obvious.

      Look at the amount of animosity, denigration, outright hatred poured onto Trump, long before he become President, he wasn't even considered a serious contender and they were trashing him at the outset.

      Another good example is Brett Kavanaugh, his family, and what they were put through, and he wasn't a politician, just the poor guy who the President decided to nominate, and he became enemy #1 of the opposition and the worst human ever to walk the earth (according to those opposing his nomination).

      If you are a very capable individual, especially one with a thriving business and family, going into politics is not something you are going to want to expose yourself to.

      Look at how bad it has gotten in Europe... the EU is run by a bunch of people who have no children, who have had no previous business success, they are politicians... out of touch with the people that they make decisions for, decisions that impact their lives, wellbeing, and future.

      American Politicians at least normally have families, children of their own, and many come from 'normal' backgrounds... even if many are corrupt, they still have more in common with their constituents than the leaders of the major European nations do. You want to talk about an 'elite class' of disconnected rulers... the EU has America beat, so does China, and most nations... bad as we are it could be worse.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Anybody.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Kathleen

      And you still didn't answer my question!

      --------------------------------------------------

      New ? What has been exposed?

      i have started an article on the Mueller Volume II, and the problem I see is that Mueller Failed on all counts.

      I am not the one that needs help!

      Who are you going to pick out of the poor choice given by the democrat party?

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      About Trump. And the answer to your comment is, if after everything that has been exposed, you still support Trump, I can't help you.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      About what?

      You also didn't answer my comment?

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Brad: Can't help but wonder if you feel differently these two weeks after your comments. I would hope any Trump supporter would.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Take a look at what the DNC has to offer for 2020.

      The only worthwhile candidate in the several decades is Trump.

      She got the three million votes in Ca where the democrats voted Jerry Brown as governor once in each century.

      CA Trump 4 million votes HRC 7 million votes

      In CA any democrat running for any office is a guarantee, it is not any intelligent, it is voting memory only.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      She got 3,000,000 more votes. I read this message before seeing who wrote it. Why do I bother?

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Anyone. Because the only person he could ever beat was Hillary because of all the contempt in this country against powerful women.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Amen, Teaches, amen.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      "The lack of understanding from supporters about the differences between allegations and proof, theory and fact, and the failure to place moral fibre and other personal qualities above traditional party allegiances, means that candidates can say and do pretty much what they like, and still maintain their core support." Preach on Brit friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I think we were not paying attention to the future leadership of our country. We are now in a place where our decisions are going to affect us for years to come. God help us all.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Jodah: Thanks for your comment.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It seems both parties are corrupt and controlled by those with ulterior motives, so it probably will make little difference who the ultimate winner is. However, all either party needed to do to ensure success was to find an appealing candidate. They both bombed that.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Billy and Theresa: Thanks for the read and taking time to comment. T: I'll have to go back and add that choice, but then it will probably be the only one anybody selects! And you've known me long enough not to be surprised when I am outspoken. This election season though has really tested my patience. Not sure I will make it to Nov. 8 without spontaneously combusting.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Shari: Your information on Benghazi is outdated and inaccurate. The point of this hub is really where were the Republicans this year and why didn't any reasonable candidates step up when they were needed? If this woman is all the things you say she is and she gets elected, do they have anyone to blame but themselves?

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      Sharon Berry 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      I fear that our government has gone beyond corrupt and the media bias has contributed to the truth not being told. Just look at what Hillary Clinton did while Secretary of State. 4 Americans die even after months of pleading for help, the lie was spread that it was because of a video, and for 13 hours no help was sent to help those fighting for their very lives. She used a private server and did not turn over all her emails, instead they were deleted, she tried to tell us that there was nothing classified being sent or received, that also was a lie. Folks this is about our national security. The IRS, the Justice Department and the FBI are now political machines. And now this woman wants to be President of the United States. I can't believe the amount of people that cover for her and support her. I even fear the elections are now rigged with more and more illegals voting. What a mess! Franklin Graham is right, only God can save us now.

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My, my, my, you are outspoken! :) I am in the middle of grading 350 exams (and I am not exaggerating - well, a little bit) and I needed a break. We have indeed sunk to some sorry depths in the last decade or so in terms of candidates. I think its a mix of many things, so I was stumped by your poll, because I kept looking for [] all of the above. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This election was the Republican's for the asking. All they had to do was stop the infighting and nominate a viable candidate....and somehow they failed to do that.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      30 people have read this in about 4 hours and nobody has a comment?

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