- Aug 1, 2014
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Immigrants, young people, and everyone else should be allowed to run.
The constitutional prohibition on people under the age of 35 serving as president is just one of these weird lacuna that was handed down to us from the 18th century but that nobody would seriously propose creating today if not for status quo bias. Realistically, most people that young would simply have a hard time winning an election. But if you can pull it off, you should be allowed. And I kind of think Alexandria Ocasio Cortez should run for president.
We should fix the Constitution ASAP.
Immigrants, like 20-somethings, are constitutionally barred from serving. At the time this was in the news, almost nobody actually defended the prohibition (because it’s ridiculous), but nobody in politics lifted a finger to do anything about it. In part, that was laziness, but in part, it was too clear any change would specifically benefit Schwarzenegger — something neither Democrats nor right-wingers really wanted to do.
The process of amending the Constitution is extremely cumbersome, requiring both supermajorities in Congress and ratification by a staggering 75 percent of the states. But there’s no time like the present to start working to abolish arbitrary qualifications and letting any eligible voter run for president any time he or she wants to.
It's no surprise that the left hates American standards for who we allow to run for office. They've always been quasi patriotic, but mostly hate America and its institutions. Which is why I research the backgrounds of such people who blatantly want to irrevocably change how we do things.
Matthew Yglesias co-founded Vox.com with Ezra Klein and Melissa Bell back in the spring of 2014. His paternal grandfather was of Spanish-Cuban background, and his three other grandparents were of Eastern European Jewish descent.