Back in simpler times, long before the nuclear age, there were but three Constitutional requirements to be president of the United States of America: be a natural born citizen, be at least 35 years of age and have lived in the United States for at least 14 years. But in our high tech, fast moving age where the fate of seven billion humans around the globe hangs in the balance of the president of the United States to make the best possible decisions under enormous pressure is that really all that should be required? Clearly the answer is no.
When an American president is handed the nuclear codes you don’t want a confirmed drunk on watch or someone with a secret death wish or a person of shallow knowledge and mediocre intelligence or one saddled with an impetuous nature with their finger on the nuclear trigger. After all there are requirements to enter collage or gain employment that currently far exceed the requirements needed to become an American president.
Realistically a candidate for president needs to under go a battery of tests to measure his or her physical and mental capacity to be president, and the results posted on the ballet. The position is way to critical to humanity than merely having someone arrive at the oval office via an ad hoc popularity contest. The box of a person running for that high office needs to be opened so that the citizenry is privy as what is inside, to what it would really be getting of a person aspiring to that life and death deciding office.
There needs to be convened a national board of certified medical and mental heath experts to administer a battery of test: a polygraph test for determining honesty, an IQ test, a mental stability test and a general knowledge test that will show the depth of information upon which a person can call upon when making critical life and death decisions in situations where minutes and second count as with Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis. Indeed, the job of president is way too important for politics alone to decide today’s modern commander in chief. We need to amend the Constitution in regard to presidential requirements and fast, if it is not already too late.