My daughter is mad as heck, and she’s not going to take it anymore. We’ve talked about it before, but I guess with the presidential election going on, it has come to the forefront in her consciousness.
Trillian blurted out in the car this afternoon, “I’m angry that I can’t run for president.”
I asked her, “Do you WANT to run for president?”
“No. But if I wanted to, I can’t. That’s wrong.”
She even pointed out a certain injustice I had never thought of before. She reminded me that the children of illegal immigrants can become president, if they were born in the US. Yet, even with citizen parents who went through all the right channels to get her to the United States, her 8 months in Korea at the beginning of her life disqualify her for our nation’s highest office.
Now, I didn’t want to get into a deep philosophical discussion with her about the sins of the father. I admired her critical thinking skills (especially for a 10 year old), and suggested she write to her congressman and two senators. She is working on it right now, and with her permission, I will post the full text of her letter here.
She even has an idea: to keep the original intent of the constitution, she suggests that naturalized citizens should be allowed to run for president after being a citizen for 20 years. Makes sense to me.
If she gets responses from any of the officials she writes, I will post those here as well.