Smart and Evil or Good and Dumb

 Posted by on 8 March 2002 at 9:38 am  Ethics, George Bush
Mar 082002

Larry Elder has an interesting op-ed today on Gore’s alleged intelligence versus Bush’s alleged stupidity. He makes a good case that, even if Gore is smarter than Bush, his school records show failure after failure to apply that intelligence. Like Elder, I’ll take the hardworking less-smart guy over the lazy more-smart guy any day.

But intelligence, although important in the president, isn’t nearly as important as moral character, particularly commitment to constitutional principles. If our presidents did adhere to the constitution, the job wouldn’t take much more than a 120 IQ. They would be able to nap for most of the day. They would be able to work two or three days a week, at most. The job of the president just shouldn’t be so taxing! (The jobs of citizens shouldn’t be so taxing either, but that’s another subject.)

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