Skipping ahead to 2019, assuming we make it that far, and taking into account the lessons of the present administration, here’s what I think we should be asking:
1) Who do work for?
2) Have you read the Constitution?
3) Tell us why Democracy is a good idea…
4) How do you feel about the press?
5) Is there ever a good use of nuclear weapons?
6) Have you ever been called a liar?
7) Have you ever groped, harassed, or sexually assaulted another person?
8) Define the word “Americans”
9) Who will cabinet members work for?
10) Define “racism”. Are those behaviors you have engaged in?
11) Do women deserve equal pay for the same work?
12) How will you fix wealth disparity?
13) Do you agree with”Citizens United”? What can be done to fix it?
14) How will your Presidency reflect the diversity of modern America?
15) Is any citizen above the law?
16) Is the Department of Justice an independent agency?
17) Define the difference between “voter” and “citizen”. Will you work for both?
18) Explain for us the “separation of Church and State “.
19) What is your view of Global Climate Change? If you believe it exists, will you fix it?
20) Do you believe in public schools? How will you address any issues with them?
21) How will you pick your Cabinet?
22) Do you believe we can prevent mass shootings? If yes, How will you do that?
23) Why should we trust you?
24) Do you believe healthcare is a human right?
24) What do our children need? How will you help them get it?
25) How will you address hunger?
26) How will you address homelessness?
27) How will you address addiction?
28) Do you believe in mental health parity?
29) What do you think America’s role in the world should be?
Many of these used to be easy questions.…We can’t take their answers for granted anymore.