The election of Donald Trump as president proved that.
Thank God and 63 million patriotic Americans.
Professor Tom Nichols wrote in Foreign Affairs:
How America Lost Faith in Expertise. And Why That's a Giant ProblemActually, rejecting the experts is a good thing because the experts have been so wrong about so many things in recent years.
That's because the current university system's emphasis on credentials instead of knowledge is churning out elitists and Marxists who ignore facts, science, and history in favor of The Narrative.
Intelligent people reject false prophets.
We have and we continue to do so.
Taki Theodoracopulos wrote today, "Despite the fact that Donald Trump gained the presidency by beating both political parties and roughly 99% of the mainstream media — and despite the fact that according to most estimates, he took every dollar he inherited from his father and multiplied it by 100 — his critics seem hardwired to depict him as an incompetent boob and a financial failure."
Taki was taking to task Rachel Maddow, PhD., over her bumbling attempt to expose Trump as a tax cheat with a piece of paper that showed he paid $38 million in income and FICA taxes in 2005 on an income of $153 million.
She relied on the expertise of David Cay Johnston a "Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal and the George Polk Award." His books include "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich — and Cheat Everybody Else," and "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)."
If paying $38 million in federal taxes on $153 million in income is cheating on one's taxes, then we finally found the one area where Trump is incompetent.
The experts have been wrong for so long that we should be glad to be rid of them.
Nutrition experts seem to get everything wrong. Consider this compilation of myths. I have no idea whether they are myths, by the way. They may be true. We don't know. How do you make public policy when you don't know?
Or consider the Doomsday Clock. All my life the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has told me we are only minutes from nuclear annihilation. The closest we came to anyone using nukes was in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. But nevertheless, we have been minutes from atomic obliteration since 1945.
When I was a teen, the experts told us the world would be thrown into chaos when the population hit 5 billion in 2000.
We hit 7 billion and there was no mass starvation, or war for precious metals.
In the 1970s, experts warned us of global cooling.
In the 1990s, experts warned us of global warming.
Now experts warn us of climate change.
Peak Oil -- the moment when we start to run out of it -- keeps being delayed by advances in technology, the most recent being the perfection and popularization of hydraulic fracturing to tap into the oil locked in the shale formations.
The expert on all things known to man -- Barack Obama -- told us we cannot just drill our way out of this.
The town fool (well, if you live in SNL-ville) Sarah Palin told us, "Drill, baby, drill."
The expert on all things known to man -- Barack Obama -- told us we could keep our doctor and save $2,500 a year on premiums under his health insurance plan.
The racist Tea Party (again, if you live in SNL-ville) told us premiums would rise, deductibles would rise, and you would not be able to keep your doctor.
The expert on all things known to man -- Barack Obama -- told us the Islamic State was the JV team.
The expert on all things known to man -- Barack Obama -- told us Iran was not seeking nukes, and that President Bush was just rattling sabers.
Need I rub the noses of the experts in their predictions about Donald Trump?
As Glenn Reynolds wrote:
It was experts that gave us the financial crisis, it was experts that gave us the Middle East meltdown, it was experts who gave us the obesity epidemic and the opioid crisis. And yet the experts pay no price for their failures, and cling bitterly to their credentials and self-esteem, while claiming that the problem lies in the anti-intellectualism of ordinary citizens.Skepticism is our savior in a world of experts.
Now some may say that I am an expert on President Trump, but I am not.
I have no magic formula or scientific method to reach the conclusions that I have reached about his rise to the presidency and his presidency itself.
I just think for myself.
To be sure, I read the opinions of others (often disguised as news stories) which help me formulate my own opinions -- often going in the opposite direction based solely on the track record of the Paul Krugmans of the world.
But I am only human, born to make mistakes.
I trust God, and have faith in the observation that "There is a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America."
That guides me through the shoals of public opinion.
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