Abraham Lincoln was not a

Abraham Lincoln was not a "specialist."  He was a simple country lawyer with a lot of worldly wisdom and firm principles.  He was not an "expert" in warfare, yet he was Commander-In-Chief of the greatest conflict my country ever experienced, and succeeded.  He was not an "expert" in economics, yet he managed to fund a nation during a time that could have easily ruined our nation.  He was not a "foreign policy" expert, yet he managed to prevent European nations from siding with the South and splitting my country in two.

He WAS an expert wordsmith, not by any special training, or advanced degrees.  And most "educated" people, at the time, derided his speaking abilities as "backwoods, uneducated, buffoonish, and disappointing."  He would not have passed muster if judged by a panel to determine "expertise" in "debating skill." Yet he managed to produce some of the most moving, powerful, simple speeches ever delivered in American history. 

Again, you think decision making, in the hands of "experts" will lead to a better world.  I disagree.  I think decision making is best left to the population, as a whole, affected by those decisions.  I don't disagree that expert advice is often needed.  But I would not want a country run by "hand-picked" experts. 


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