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Jacoby letter: Constitutional issue

A friend and I have unearthed a constitutional issue that prevents Hillary Clinton from becoming president.

Article II of the Constitution, concerning the executive branch of our government, refers to the president using the words he, him and his, never as she, her or hers. So the intent of the Constitution is that the president be a man, not a woman.

As further evidence of this, Amendment XIX states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Amendment XIX, therefore, gave women the right to vote in 1920.

So, it would be illogical to assume that when the Constitution was ratified in 1787, 133 years earlier, a woman could be president, although she was not allowed to vote. Amendment XIX gave women the right to vote; however, there is no amendment allowing a woman to be president. Unfortunately, this would also disqualify Carly Fiorina from becoming president. But the country, hopefully, will be saved by this constitutional issue.

A constitutional amendment would be required to allow a woman to be president.

John D. Jacoby, Ketchum

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