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Power tools without requisite skills

October 26, 2010

Many years ago my cousin got a wood burning set. Everything wooden in sight ended up having wobbly poorly designed labels and decor as a result. There’s a reason for training, skills development, “keeping the safety on” and working with someone more experienced. Nothing/no one important gets ruined

I thought about this reading Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post

when the new president gathered congressional leaders of both parties to discuss his proposed economic stimulus. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor gave President Obama a list of modest proposals for the bill. ….Obama was not interested in compromise. …He picked off a few easy GOP votes and rode roughshod over the rest of the Republicans to pass a maximalist bill over their objections.

One of the important skills athletes learn – if they want to be liked – is not learning to lose graciously. It’s learning how to win graciously.

One of the most important skills for a politician to learn is how to operate within the halls of power without losing the sophisticates OR the “unsophisticates”.

Somehow, an aristocrat such as Franklin Roosevelt was able to convince millions of average Americans that he was firmly on their side

While there are seriously stupid aristocrats, to some extent, a position from birth properly taught (read TR’s biography by David Adams) gives the individual the confidence to know that they lose nothing by elevating someone else’s status. They’ll still be noble in relative comparison – whether by title or by character.

  • Contrast Jon Stewart and Arianna Huffington to King George and Queen Elizabeth who walk through London during the Blitz
  • Contrast George Washington – someone who could credibly be called an aristocrat: “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government” to President Obama  “when Americans get scared they stop listening to facts and reason
  • Contrast Teddy Roosevelt to Katie Couric ““this great unwashed middle of the country”
  • Contrast GK Chesterton “Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.”” to MoDo & weep for what great writing used to be….

Educated minds with small character and huge insecurities do not appear to make great leaders – they certainly are making crappy TV, news print and speeches

UPDATED: Trackback to Michelle Malkin talking about John Edwards Kerry….yep. Same nonsense, different day…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    October 29, 2010 10:05 pm

    THANK YOU for posting this! I LOVE your homepage!

    Common Cents

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