The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Is Gov. Schwarzenegger Presedential?

Ignoring the literal answer which is an obivous; Yes, he is Presedential. Let's get down to the real question. Should he be allowed to serve as the Presedent of the United States. As of right now, he is certainly not qualified, per the U.S. Constitution, but should he be? I have heard many suggestions from a few different groups.

  1. Ammend the U.S. Constitution and allow Arnold to run.
  2. Ammend the U.S. Constitution, but offset the enactment date for at least twenty years so that this decision is not hastily made in order to get a popular foreigner elected without serious foreward thinking and debate.
  3. Ammend the U.S. Constitution so that a super-majority of the U.S. Senate is allowed to pick a foreign candidate.
  4. Ammend the U.S. Constitution for a one time event which is; allowing Arnold to run.

I am sure there are more ideas being floated, but these are the major ones.

Arnold, so far, has been a good Governer and a powerful executive. He has learned some serious lessons from the failures of Davis, Reagan's connection to the people, and the bias of California's media. He has taken his agenda straight to the American people in a blunt and positive tone. For this, he has earned himself some very clever enemies in the California Legislature. By now, everyone has heard of the time he called the democrats "girlie men". The left in California tried desperately hard to twist this into a violation of civil liberties. Still, Arnold prevailed since most Californians are sick of the "Politically Correct" (PC) environment that has taken root here. What you have not heard is that this "girlie men" statement came out as a joke in front of a crowd in Stockton. The full quote was with regards to the democrats who were blocking the budget.

"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers, and I want them to make the millions of dollars' - if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men."

You can be absolutely sure of the fact that he likes the idea of one day becoming President. Further; his connection with the people, and the ability to use un-politically correct phrases and walk away unscathed will only help his effort, but would it be the right thing to do? The founding fathers instituted the U.S. Constitution after a lot of thought and in order to protect America for the long haul. Placing an open-ended acceptance on the U.S. Constitution to allow foreign born citizens to become President is a big deal. Anything else would simply be a misuse of the Constitution. If we were to allow one, once, then we would be descriminating against any future foreign born candidates by saying no. If we allowed them to run always, then we would be opening ourselves up to possible strategic national sabotage. The only Constitutional Purist answer is to suck up the loss, and say No! Mr. Schwarzenegger, you can not run.

Let's assume the Constitution's will is kept in tact and he, or any other foreigner, will not become a U.S. President. There are still a lot of other great things he can accomplish. I will be the first to say that I would love to have him as my Governor for many years to come. His ability to see what needs to be done, and his ability to acheive these things despite an extremely liberal legislature is simply amazing. He is a man who represents the will of the people for whom he serves. This is a lost characteristic in the politics of today. At the same time he continually upsets the Legislature, he maintains an extremely high popularity rate.

Whatever the future holds for Arnold, you can be sure it will continue to benefit us here in California. Let's keep in mind his ultimate plans for California which is certainly a welcome attitude; "Every governor proposes moving boxes around to reorganize government. I don't want to move boxes around; I want to blow them up."