Here is an interesting observation from the people of Townhall: Rick Perry might not be very smart, at all, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be a bad president. In fact, it probably means that he is the next Reagan, except BETTER! After all, George Washington didn’t go to college, and he invented the Constitution, so really, “The Dumber the Better,” should be America’s official slogan.
The recent attacks on the intelligence of Texas Governor Rick Perry included the charge that he was dumb and, more bitingly, was like George W. Bush only without the brains. The release of his college transcripts seemed to confirm these accusations. In fact, Frank James, writing on NPR.org, warned, “if you ever enter politics, you may one day think about running for president. And if you do decide to run, your college grades could become an issue, especially if they’re mediocre.”
Of our first seven presidents, George Washington was also only one of two without a college degree. Did this disqualify him from being one of our greatest leaders, commonly ranked first or second among all presidents? And the man who often takes the top spot on the list ahead of Washington had the least formal education of any of our presidents.
I’m speaking, of course, of Abraham Lincoln, who had roughly one year of formal learning, being otherwise self-taught and working his way through William Blackstone’s famous text in order to become a lawyer. So, our finest president had the least schoolroom education.
In sum: 1) You can be well-educated and not “smart”; 2) You can be “smart” and not well educated; 3) You can be lacking in formal education and still be a great leader; 4) You can be well-educated and “smart” but that doesn’t guarantee strong ethics or morality; 5) You can be well-educated and “smart” and not be a good leader.
So, the question we should ask is not, “Is this candidate smart (or dumb)?”, but rather, “Would he (or she) make a good president?” In fact, ask yourself this question: “What are the top five qualities I most value in a president?”
Your answers will be enlightening.
Now for those enlightening answers!
“Can ANYONE show us any proof of the claims that Barrack Hussein is as smart as he insinuates and his believers insist? Not that I know of, he’s never released any of his school records, we’re all just supposed to believe that the left’s messiah is the smartest guy in the room although it seems that he can barely find the room.” – Larry
“‘Must a President Be Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?’ Well, judging from Obama’s performance, obviously not. You do not even have to be a natural born American citizen to be president. All you have to have is the backing of the Bilderberg group.” – Louie
Larry and Louie are probably your next two presidents, at this rate! [Townhall]