I've been thinking lately that maybe I should run for office. Any office.
I have a Ph.D. in psychology and I read a lot, but I don't consider myself all that knowledgeable about the issues you need to know a lot about to make laws. I don't think that would make much of a difference.
I've been listening (not on purpose) to people like Ted Cruz, who I hadn't even heard of a few months ago, and now he has "public service" ads telling you to make your elected officials get rid of the IRS. Then there are creepy evil characters like Mitch McConnell who I imagine likes to take away his grandchildren's favorite toys just to see them cry. Speaking of which, there is John Boehner, who cries when he is happy (haven't seen that happen in awhile). One of my favorites has got to be Louis Gohmert, who can always be counted on to come up with "facts" like, for example, more people are killed by hammers than guns.
I don't want to make it sound like men in public office have the prize for stupidity locked up. There was the New Mexico state legislator who introduced a forced pregnancy bill stating that in cases of rape the fetus could be used as evidence. And let's not forget Jodie Laubenberg, the Texas legislator who stated that if a woman were raped she could go to a hospital for a rape kit, that was like a morning after pill.
My point is, you really don't have to know anything to be an elected official. In fact, being smart can and will be used against you. Those Harvard educated wingnuts like Mitt Romney get to call Harvard educated Barack Obama "elite" because Romney has managed to pretty much renounce any intellect he may have had at one time. William Safire, who despite not making it through college, got to write a column criticizing y'all's use of the English language and call us all snobs at the same time, was also a speechwriter for those two great anti-intellectuals, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.
So it's not really how smart you are that determines your success in politics, it's really how convincingly you can kiss up to the truly wealthy and influential. Look at our own Nikki Haley and Tim Scott. I can't imagine there is a corporate backer that would have an opinion on which either one would beg to differ.
And then it just becomes a matter of practicing all those well-used arguments about taxes and the minimum wage killing jobs and guaranteed health care and food stamps making people less motivated to go out and work. And trust me, the more I read, the more I find that today's right wingnuts are only just reinventing the wheel, in their case a square one. They've been saying the same tired things for decades, and nobody notices they aren't true.
So how hard could it be to run for office? All you need is a bankroll, and the ability to memorize your lines.
Brains and morals not required.