You know what I find baffling? Well, a lot of things, but at the moment it's our electoral process. The one for which there are apparently zero requirements for running for office. It's just so confusing to me. If you want to be interviewed by JetBlue as a pilot they're going to want to see a few thousand hours of experience in piloting a plane. Just because, you know, that's what you'll be doing. And doing a good job at 36,000 feet is kind of important.
But in this country the requirements to run for the highest elected office in the land are clearly nonexistent. Ben Carson, up until a couple of years ago, spent his time snipping and sewing internal organs. And, amusingly enough, the people who hired him wanted to be sure he had good experience before doing so. But now, with ZERO experience as an elected official of anything, he's being spoken of as a serious candidate for president.
And, of course, there's The Donald. Equally elected to nothing. Excellent at telling people what to do and at going bankrupt at convenient intervals, no argument there. But it's unclear how that translates into pulling together the multitudinous interests that define our country.
Why is it that there isn't some minimum level of "hey, check my record - I can do this stuff"? Like at least one term as a senator. Or a governor. Something like that. We'd still be free to elect idiots, that's an American right, but at least we wouldn't look like complete numbskulls to the rest of the world.