Is Tammy Duckworth qualified to be president?
Category: Op/EdBy: john-russell • 2 weeks ago • 148 comments
Illinois junior U.S. senator, Tammy Duckworth , is apparently under consideration for the vice presidential nomination with Joe Biden.
I was listening to the NYT podcast The Argument and they were talking about the top VP contenders. One of the people on the show said Biden should pick Tammy Duckworth. His reasons were not so much about her qualifications as they were about her personal story and her personal character. She is an Asian American who flew helicopters in combat in Iraq and lost both her legs when her copter was hit with an enemy RPG. (She is also credited with coining the phrase "Cadet Bone Spurs" in reference to Trump.)
The person on the podcast wants Duckworth to be the nominee because it will be very difficult for Trump to attack her. She has a real , earned, Purple Heart for example
Aug 02, 2016 · — ASHBURN, VA -- In the wake of a New York Times report delving into his military deferments, Donald Trump said that receiving a Purple Heart as a gift is much easier than being awarded it for being wounded during military service.
At first glance though, Duckworth might not seem to have the resume of a U.S. president. She has only been in Congress for 8 years, and only four as a US senator. She is not a committee chairperson, and does not serve on any of the high profile senate committees. Her educational background does not jump off the page at you. Her masters degree is in international affairs. Her PhD is in "Human Services" from an online university. Duckworth is not in the Democratic leadership in Congress. And she is not usually considered a particularly compelling speaker.
So, given that Joe Biden is 77 and there is a more than usual chance that his vice president might have to step in at the top, is Duckworth presidential material?
Once upon a time ( 5 years ago) the answer would be "questionable". But today, as we know now, she is completely qualified. This is the gift we have been given by the Trump ascension. Anyone and everyone is qualified to be president of the United States. You dont even have to be honest, upstanding, non-corrupt, or even intelligent or articulate. You can be a terrible public speaker, a dimwit, and a buffoon and still be qualified to run the country.
On that scale, Tammy Duckworth is an outstanding candidate to assume the presidency if need be. She is honest, humble, intelligent, and sincere, and those characteristics are NOT EVEN REQUIRED.
What a country.