Inarguably the largest problem in American government is this: Politicians are not smart people.
THIS is the underlying, foundational problem today – in America and in the world.
The ability to read the hell out of a teleprompter is not indicative of intelligence. Rather, it is indicative of a lack of intelligence, of the ability to think on one’s feet, to be able to state principles and articulate rationales, consequences, goals and objectives on one’s own.
Looking good in a 42-Long does not make one smart.
A failed politician who bores to death intelligent people by telling his every listener, “The… earth…. has …… a ….. temp-er-a-ture,” and who has flunked out of Divinity School (how does one flunk out of a school about superstition, anyway?), is NOT smart.
No one pushing socialism, as do Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, nearly the entirety of the current Democrat Party, and ACORN, is smart. Socialism has a 100% success rate in destroying wealth, minds, lives, families and futures. What smart person would ever involve themselves in purposefully destroying people’s lives? No one – but half our politicians and half our electorate think such destruction is not only good government, but a good thing in and of itself.
In a market economy, smart people are making money, not pursuing the idiocies of bloviating to empty echo chambers in the Senate or House, of calling one another, “My distinguished friend from..” when they hate the guts of the person about whom they are speaking, and realize that the policies being promulgated by that person are destroying lives and futures.
Smart people are out pursuing wealth to raise their standard of living, and that of their families and communities. Smart people are out bettering their society, culture and the education of their children.
Politicians don’t do this; rather they pursue petty power for selfish reasons alone. Intelligent people don’t act like this. But political positions are woefully underpaid to get smart people.
America is economically and militarily more powerful than any country in the history of the known universe. Yet we govern ourselves with idiots – and let idiots vote.
Barney Frank just cratered the global financial system and brought poverty to millions of people, and caused the loss of enormous wealth to hundreds of millions. But his constituents will re-elect him yet again next year.
Sara Palin evidently has never read a single article on international relations, or even perused the international pages of any newspaper or magazine, yet she allowed herself to be placed into nomination to be one heartbeat from the Oval Office – because she was a successful governor of a backwater state.
Barack Obama has never held a job, never written legislation, never raised his head on principle, never accomplished anything – but 52% of our electorate voted him in to the White House.
Intelligent people don’t vote for these kinds of people as their leaders, period. These people are not intelligent leaders.
Fixing the problem requires outlawing teacher unions and paying teachers as among the most important people in our society rather than the poor pay given the dregs of society now in our classrooms. Realistic understanding of the role of teachers would cause us to pay them six-figure salaries, and only accept the best and the brightest for the job – and disallow any rent-seeking unionization. This would – but only in a generational way (can we wait a generation or more to fix America? Will it still exist?) – fix the problem of poor teachers.
Perhaps then smarter voters will cause smarter people to be elected by fixing the second problem, which is the woefully-underpaid politician. Raising the salaries of politicians commensurate with their responsibilities would cause smarter people to run for – and win – the positions that legislate and regulate our lives.
Seriously – a Congressman makes $140,000. That is the salary of a poor mid-level manager in the real world. Yet these people set tax and spend policies for America, and defense policies for the entire planet, basically. The President – the Chief Executive of the largest economy on the planet makes only $400,000, as much as a top tech salesman or mid-level F500 Executive, no more.
Many citizens view $140,000 as exorbitant. These people vote. Their votes then are driven by class hatred fomented by stupid politicians who cannot get elected on their merit – so campaign on hatred of the Other. This gives us an entire political party established on hatred of people more successful than they – not a safe or intelligent place for a representative democracy to find itself.
And, of course, the opposition is only that at this point – an opposition that pretends that nothing on the entire planet is as important as, let alone more important than, abortion, homosexuality and opposing the stupid people in the other party.
Insanity means doing the same thing and expecting different results.
Continuing to allow unionized teachers, stupid voters, and underpaid politicians quite simply means we will continue to have stupid people in office making stupid policies, ruining lives, destroying wealth, undermining futures and generally destroying rather than improving our society
We deserve better, and need to give it to ourselves.