By Dr. T
To say, because you were born in a hospital, you are qualified to be a doctor is a ridiculous assertion and not one that any right-minded person would make. And yet, we find ourselves in a season whereby any rationale to justify an individual’s qualifications for a job they would otherwise never even endeavor to submit an application for, has become “the norm” in the age of TRUMP and the new administration. “This individual can do the job because, he is a fantastic person, a great person, and we like each other.” The rationale continues, “…he’s smart and has been successful…”, this is in reference to a business or some other occupation the individual has excelled in that has nothing at all to do with the current position for which they are being considered, nor does it inform, in any way, the specific role or job responsibilities that being a Secretary of State, Education, Commerce, Energy or Housing and Urban Development demand.
Just because Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, a published author, and former Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, although formidable accomplishments, they do not qualify him to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the United States of America. Neither does the fact that he lived in public housing while growing up in Detroit, Michigan. The audacity of nominating someone who by his own admission is not qualified to run a public agency, especially one as large and essential to the lives of so many Americans, as Housing and Urban Development, is astounding. Just as outrageous and absolutely astonishing is nominating someone as Secretary of Labor who doesn’t support the interests of workers like raising the minimum wage, or a man as head of the Environmental Protection Agency who doesn’t believe in climate change or the science behind it. These men are fundamentally unqualified for the jobs for which they have been tapped. There are others, many others, who have been proposed by the President-elect’s new administration that raise serious concerns as to their unqualified lack of knowledge and preparation for the jobs they will take on, if the newly elected President has his way. It is worth considering, in an “in your face” kind of way, if their nominations actually undermine the fundamental mission, focus and philosophy of the agency each has been chosen to lead?
It seems we have truly entered a “different world” where people are chosen to lead major agencies foundational to the effective running and support of the United States government who are simply not up to the job. Selectees, who are not only ill-suited to the specific job, but possess a skill set that does not at all match the requirements for the positions they may soon assume and agencies they will ultimately lead. It’s akin to the elementary school playground game of “Red Rover, Red Rover…. send (random person) over.” Seriously, these cabinet selections of mostly white men, mostly billionaire business tycoons, and newly retired military officers should give all of us pause…this is not NORMAL. No experience necessary is the new requirement to hold the highest most powerful positions in the land? You don’t need any experience or qualifications? Money will get you in, a whole lot of money! Influential friends can set you up, especially nepotism. Conflicts of interest, improprieties, criminal charges or even acts of treason on your record don’t even matter. Being white, male, and rich definitely has its privileges, but being in the “good graces” of the newly elected President…now that’s the only REAL qualification required for the job.