Maybe we should start educating people to see politicians the way they see athletes. They certainly may have lots of opinions about what a team should do. But even the most egotistical drunk screaming obscenities from the stands doesn't truly believe that he's a better hitter than Manny Ramirez or that the team should hire a bunch of guys off the streets to play in the outfield. They have more respect for the game than that. It would be nice if citizenship required as much respect for the country.Obviously not a Pirates fan.
But, you know, seriously, dubbleya tee eff? Politics is not a discipline of particulars. Parliamentary procedure isn't kinesthetic. Hiring a campaign team doesn't require hitting a thousand balls on the range every single day. Bussing from state to state and giving stump speeches isn't as hard and doesn't require an ounce of the discipline of training to the peak condition necessary to compete in the NFL. A political race isn't a marathon. Athletics at the highest levels encompasses some of the most singular human achievements. It requires a lifetime of work. The most bling-ed out, tabloid-splashed wide receiver lives a life of positively monastic discipline compared to a presidential candidate. The drunk screaming fan can't hit like Ramirez, but he can surely get himself elected to a county row office.
Technocratic liberalism leads so inevitably to the firm conviction that our governors are, or ought to be, our betters, that to properly function, government must be composed of those "best and brightest," as the damnation-by-praise goes, uniquely suited to make decisions in our stead, and in our best interest. The same paternalism embodied by the foreign adventures in "democratization" obtains at home. We need someone else to tell us what's good for us. We can't be trusted to determine our own course. To sound what might be a truly conservative note: the attendant infantalization of a people over the course of generations, their reduction to a state of dependency, makes them lazy, dumb, and manipulable. Whaddarewegonnado? And hopefully someone else will do it for us.