Over the past few months, we have all been hearing stories of sexual harassment, adultery and lying by a few of the Republican Candidates for President of the United States. This all brings up the question: Should the President of the United Stated be held to higher standards than the general population?
My feeling is an absolute YES! While the President is a human being, he or she has powers that the general population does not have. Our President can send troops into battle, can make the call to push a button to send a nuclear bomb and can veto any bill that lands on his desk.
The latest allegations regarding Herman Cain reportedly having a 13 year affair with a woman has everyone asking this question. Cain’s lawyer suggested that the personal life of a Presidential candidate should not have an impact on electability. The situation is this: If Herman Cain is guilty of the allegations of sexual harassment and having an extramarital affair are true, then he told a bold face lie to the public. If someone will lie during a campaign, he will lie as our President. I am not saying that Cain lied or that the allegations are true, but I do know this: More often than not, when there’s smoke, there’s fire, so something odd is going on here. And, with time, the truth will come out.
I have adult children who are of the age that they could be drafted into war if required, and as the President of the United States, this position also gives the person at the helm the title of Commander in Chief. When elected, I want our President to be able to be trusted, and if my children are drafted, I want to know that this decision came from someone who is capable of being trusted…I want to feel secure in that decision. While the public these days is very forgiving, we never forget, and if trust is an issue, it will be very difficult for a man or woman to lead our people…into war, out of a horrible economy and into diplomatic relationships with other countries.
For Herman Cain’s sake and the sake of his family, I do hope these allegations are false. Having said that, I do feel that we are at a critical turning point in history, and the person we elect needs a record that is as close to squeaky clean as possible. We need someone who is rock solid, has a strong business and economic background, who knows foreign policy and who can make tough calls when they need to.
Would love to hear you weigh in on this question:
Should the President of the United Stated be held to higher standards than the general population?