You just bought a car. You are lazy and want to employ a driver. How do you find one?
You will talk to some friends and generally institute enquiries. If necessary, you will also put an ad or two in local news papers. When someone shows up you will want to ascertain if he can drive well, if he has a licence, and if he is responsible.
Driving is no rocket science. Still, you look for some personal qualifications and skills.
Now think of governing a country. As most people think of governance, it is rocket science.
Just think what your job consists of.
You need to make people safe. You need to make them healthy. You need to make them learned. You need to make them busy. You need to make them happy. You need to make them good. You need to solve yesterday's problems. You need to solve today's problems. You need to solve tomorrow's problems. And so on.
In short, you need to work miracles.
And what personal qualifications do we require of these miracle workers? None.
What personal skills do we demand of them? None.
Two things stand out on contemplation.
- It is meaningless to fault our politicians. The process which put them there is simply not designed to ensure desirable results. If any occasional good does come out, it is only by chance.
- It is irresponsible to demand much from these miracle workers. In other words, they should not be asked, or indeed allowed, to work miracles.