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Monday, September 16, 2019

STOP IT. IT'S BEEN TRIED, REGULAR FOLK CAN'T BE PRESIDENT.


We have to deal with the problem of romanticizing the notion of "a regular person" as a national leader. Joe working the counter at the gas bar/donut shop since he was sixteen is not equipped to deal with the issues in modern politics. He can't deal with international disputes, has no clue about the spies, environment, etc. etc. etc.etc.

We all love the thought that our "common sense" if there is such a thing, could be effective in solving all the great issues we face. And the simple answer is WRONG!.

The truth is, most people have a limited capacity to deal with and understand things on a macro level. World politics and conflict and economics are not things that can be summed up at the kitchen table. Most average people have trouble balancing income and expenses for their household nevermind a national budget.

We need people in these positions with focus, and a capacity to look at situations from many angles without defaulting to an entrenched ideology which all too often has proven wrong. It makes common folks crazy, but these types of people tend to be successful on their own, which only makes sense, if they have the skills to organize a campaign and operate an enterprise as complicated as government, they have the capability of attaining personal wealth and success.

Now we can focus on the real issue. Not all billionaires and millionaires are the same.  They don't have the same values or lack of values. They aren't all sociopaths or all philanthropists. So, yes we must choose wisely who we want to lead our society,  but let's not try and give the job to the hopelessly unqualified out of simple jealousy.



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