Political Experience is a Liability
December 27, 2010 Leave a comment
People complained, of both Obama and Palin, that they lacked experience.
Now if that meant actual experience of being a manager or executive, a leader, it’s a reasonable discussion to have.
But when they mean lack of political experience, they are mistakenly attacking the BEST qualification of any candidate.
“All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely“, as Lord Acton pointed out. And he noted that this includes power through influence, and “corruption by authority”, meaning the way that an institution corrupts its members.
And there is no more corrupting institution than government, which is set apart from all the rest of human society by the ability to legally initiate force…aka “power”.
There are few things more harmful in our society than career politicians. They know less about the real world, and find the evils of government coercion more normal. They are generally against responsibility, anywhere it should be expected.
They, and government employees, including government contractors, and their ilk, form what is now recognized as a separate class of people, the Political Class, that has the most harmful views of any segment of society.
They come to office and are indoctrinated in a culture that devours society and the economy for its own dubious benefit, becoming less aware of the real world every year they are there.
What we need is for our politicians to have less political experience, not more.
Even if we simply replaced every single politician, each year, with someone chosen from the general populace by random lottery, America would be far better off.