When was it a good idea for a Senator to run for President?
To date, sixteen senators have also served as president of the United States. Three senators, Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama moved directly from the U.S. Senate to the White House. These three moved up since the passage of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution:
17th Amendment Section 1.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
While this simple amendment seems very democratic and harmless enough, the full intent was to destroy states’ rights. Senators no longer served as effective lobbyists for the state legislatures that once elected them.
The method of representation of all too many Senators with respect to their states’ interests has produced utter chaos by striving to fulfill the “progressive” agenda. In effect, this reduced the number of potential, managerially qualified Presidential candidates by 2/3rds. Even the excellent Republican Senators at the top of the popular list have to overcome the handicap of being Senators under the 17th Amendment. One solution: www.articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com
The frustration of California farmers and voters over the malfeasance of their Senator Barbara Boxer – not to mention two Democrat Congressmen shows on a highway sign that pleads to stop Boxer, Pelosi and Costa. Since the San Joaquin Valley of California produces a significant amount of our national and world food supply, denial of water to a normally arid and fertile valley is criminal and even treasonously eugenic.
State governors, due to the requirements of their office come better prepared for the business and human contact aspects of the Presidency. They are also conditioned to seek solutions to problems. State Legislators are elected by their districts and are responsible to them. The Governor manages the interests of all subject to the Legislature. The Senator is obligated to represent the state government’s interests at the nation’s capital – except under the 17th Amendment.
“Direct election of senators unmade the very fabric and substance of separation of powers and checks and balances. It aided the ignoring of our 10th amendment and the mis-application of our 14th amendment, both leading to massive growth in the federal government and the emergence of the administrative state.” (Ref: Charles Jones 6/12/14)
A Governor or a Senator who has the experience of representing the state’s interests could make an excellent Presidential candidate from either party. Senators as members of an exclusive club with little interest in their state’s needs, easily become victims to the siren call of the “progressive” who has no respect for the sanctity of human life or the nation and its’ Constitution. Liberal or Conservative, the “progressive” philosophy benefits none save human greed. Like the 17th, they consistently violate the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity leading to selfishness and dependency, a terrible combination.
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.