Many welcomed Barack Obama last year as a charismatic, high-minded, rhetorically persuasive leader as they overwhelmingly elected him as president. Yet, as the luster has faded through one failed initiative after another, some have begun to question the virtue of a “brainy” president and his cadre of advisors.
Thomas Sowell has this thoughtful piece discussing whether a brainiac–or a group of them–is the kind of leader we need to run the country. Leaving aside any opinion on whether Obama is actually a brainiac, I will say that he is far from the philosopher king idolized in Plato’s Republic. Sowell’s idea that leaders who are generally smart, but lacking practical experience, lead the masses with sweet-sounding words and little substance is being proved true in our current administration. The scary part is that other such leaders have led their countries into periods of rapid decline and ultimate ruin (think Nazi Germany, Peron’s Argentina, etc.). I think Sowell is right and as we have seen with healthcare and other policies, even sweet sounds are now falling on deaf ears. The high IQ-ed advisors in the White House need to rethink administration policies and put some cake beneath all the icing.