Here is an interesting idea. A new website, “I Swear to Uphold… – A grass-roots movement to uphold the United States Constitution” makes a novel point:
In our society, many careers have educational requirements and standards. If someone chooses to pursue a career selling real estate, they have to first take a course and pass a test before they can become a licensed real estate agent. After all, it would not be fair to be represented by an uneducated real estate agent, before they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase a home.
If a person chooses to pursue a career as a hair dresser, they have to first go to cosmetology school, take a course and pass a test before they can become a licensed hair dresser. After all, you would not want an uneducated, unqualified, untrained person, standing over the top of your head with a pair of sharp scissors and an “idea” of what hairstyle will look good on you.
The list of careers that require educational standards is a lengthy one. Many careers require that the applicant take a standardized test to prove basic competency in their chosen field. The goal is to assure the consumer that the applicant has met required levels of knowledge and competency before they are allowed to do their job. An ignorant real estate agent, hair dresser, accountant, attorney, insurance agent, financial planner, school teacher, police officer…etc…can hurt you. An ignorant elected official can hurt all of us.
The list of careers and their respective educational requirements and standards can go on and on. Government regulations have been instituted and passed that mandate educational standards and requirements for many professions, with the intention that the consumer will be able to feel a certain level of comfort knowing that their real estate agent, hair dresser, accountant, attorney, insurance agent, financial planner, school teacher, police officer…etc…has met required levels of education that will help the consumer/citizen achieve the desired level of success that they are pursuing.
Amazing as it sounds there are no educational requirements for our elected State Representatives, Members of the Congress/ Senate nor even the Vice President and President of the United States.
Therefore, we at (campaign name) propose that before any person can pursue becoming an elected official, be it State or Federal, they must first take and pass a one year, college level course on Constitutional Law.
It is hard to argue with that logic. Reading the rest of the document, one notes the additional benefit of educating the voter on the importance and purpose of the Constitution at the same time. The website is still under construction and fleshing out the concept will need work; but I like the concept and intend to follow progress. ◄Dave►