I’ve seen enough clueless elected officials and business managers in my day to make me wonder what questions were asked of these people before they got their jobs. I thought it would be a good idea to add categories to this blog to list questions to ask political candidates and managers along with answers that I would like to see. Hopefully some reporters or board members will find these questions valuable and ask them.
Here’s an example of how these categories will work.
Question for Political Candidate for President
If elected President you will take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Can you briefly explain what that means to you?
An acceptable answer for me to this question would be something like:
The Constitution of the United States defines the powers of each branch of government to maintain checks and balances on power. The authors of the Constitution were concerned about government power becoming concentrated at the expense of the liberty of our citizens. As colonists, they saw firsthand the ill effects on liberty of unchecked power by the arbitrary decisions made by the King of England.
To me, protecting and defending the Constitution means ensuring that the powers I exercise as President are those that are specifically defined in Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution and I will use those powers to ensure that other branches of government only exercise authority in which they are empowered by the respective sections of the Constitution.
Protecting and defending the Constitution means that when my replacement assumes power through the peaceful election process, as defined in the Constitution, that the source of the power of government will still be the consent of the governed and nothing else.