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A Proud Parade of Political Pros

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Widespread public disgust with petty bickering and corruption in Washington has led to popular preference for an “outsider candidate” for president, not a professional politician.

Americans long for another Lincoln—someone who’s wise and idealistic—and untainted by political machinations. The only problem is that the real Lincoln was a proud professional pol: he first ran for the legislature at age 23, and spent his entire adult life seeking or holding public office.

Our greatest presidents all earned deep experience in practical politics: Washington won election to the Virginia House of Burgesses at age 26, Jackson got elected to Congress at 29, Theodore Roosevelt entered the New York legislature at 23, his cousin Franklin became a State Senator at 28. Even Reagan devoted 25 uninterrupted years to the practice of politics with masterful sophistication.

History shows that to achieve success at the highest level, it helps immensely to have sharpened your skills and deepened your perspective with campaigns for lesser offices.

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  1. jguy  •  Nov 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I found this an interesting commentary more for what it didn’t say than what it truthfully did
    say. It didn’t point out the careers of Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson who were
    both into their political careers in their early lives as well as President Nixon and Carter
    who were into a political career relatively early after serving as officers in the military –
    which is arguably political within its own sphere.
    So from the perspective of this commentary it would be better to support Secretary
    Clinton or Senator Sanders since they have both been in politics in one way or the other
    for low these many years while republican frontrunners Trump and Carson have never
    been elected to office?

  2. Eric  •  Nov 17, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Over on NRO David French said this in an article about our present government politicians:

    “They come from an intellectual aristocracy that believes itself educated simply because it’s credentialed — and they tend to listen only to those who share similar credentials. They’ve built a bubble of impenetrable ignorance, and they govern accordingly.”

    THAT is (one reason of many) why people are so upset with the current GOPe

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