C-student’s revenge

I think the mood of the electorate in 2016 is best summed up by  a phenomenon we affectionately call the C-student’s revenge. This is a snarky way of describing government incompetence. The supply of A-students and B-students largely moves to the more attractive demand in private industry where creativity and meritocracy are valued. The supply of C-students largely fills the demand of government roles where power resides.

If we were given access to the actual GPAs of Obama, Bush, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and most of the other senators and congressmen, I bet that it would be a pretty unimpressive GPA. I suspect this is true of the presidential candidates as well. But this is also a red herring. You don’t need a 4.0 GPA to be a great leader. The primary sign of a leader is that they have a large, passionate set of followers, who will make sacrifices for a cause. Leaders also have one other recurring attribute: strength. It may be strength in conviction, personality, capability, teamwork, intelligence or any of a number of attributes. Do any of our current leaders have a strong passionate following? Hardly. Would you describe any of them as strong? I wouldn’t.

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