Victor Davis Hanson: Dishonesty and Corruption are the Key Disqualifying Traits of a Presidential Candidate
Editor’s Note: The following essay was adapted from an interview with Victor Davis Hanson conducted in October 2016. It has been modified for clarity.
One of I think the most important obligations of a presidential candidate is preserving the public trust.
So, if someone blatantly in an inveterate fashion lies — not in the sense of white lies, hedging and fibbing — but if they insidiously, serially, knowingly tell an untruth again and again, I think they should be disqualified for office.
And then the other main critical question is this: Did the candidate use public service to profit? Did the candidate profit from being a public servant? Does a politician go into office, or does somebody go into the presidency with zero net worth, and a few years afterwards, become a multi-millionaire by selling influence in government service? And that’s why I’m very upset at Hillary Clinton.
So in my way of thinking, one qualifies for the presidency by telling the truth, and not being corrupt — not profiting from public service.
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