I just finished reading the wonderful book Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The fights among politicians were as awful then as now, but those were more capable and impressive people. Where are Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison today?
The answer is that they are not in politics. Take a look at the Harvard Class of ’77, about to celebrate its 40th reunion. My 1600 classmates from Bill Gates on down include leaders of science, medicine, law, business, and the arts. Where are the senators, congressmen/women, governors, and mayors? Zero. Politics these days is the dimmest career choice, and the USA is paying the price.
[23 September 2017]
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