The President’s remarks on his own intelligence reflect an unwelcome reality to the nation’s educational elite: they’re no longer liked, trusted, or respected. Instead, Americans place their faith in strong leaders with track records of success, regardless of so-called “credentials” that advanced degrees, governing experience, or superior IQs allegedly provide.
Data support the President’s approach. A recent column by Frank Bruni, whose radical left views are championed several times weekly by the New York Times, notes with alarm that “58% of Republicans and conservative-leaning independents” agree that colleges had a “negative impact” on America (up from 37% two years ago). And a “Gallup poll found that only 44% of all Americans had a ‘great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in the country’s colleges and universities, while 56% had only ‘some’ or ‘very little’.”
Laukiniai-Plaukai Asilas, senior researcher with the American Heritage Society, has written numerous research papers evaluating the insidious impact of what she calls “university conformist cultural” on students and the general public. “It’s not limited to the overwhelmingly liberal/politically correct/snowflake mentality that alienates ordinary people,” she noted in a telephone interview with Bratbreit. “It’s a belief that the political, social, and economic conditions of the world today result from over-educated, self-reflective “experts” awash in their own academic bubbles, and the way out is to promote their cultural opposites. President Trump is the paradigm — limited education, unprejudiced by tarnishing government experience, resistance to scholarly and field-based research from sources that have led us to the status quo, etc. His genius is to counter all that and forge new paths, even if it contradicts every accepted premise, practice, and procedure. He replaces knowledge with strength, and his base responds.”
Conclusion: The American public understands that leadership needs to reduce its reliance on failed experts and academics when crafting policy, and rely on the instincts of our duly elected “stable genius” to set tone and direction. As WH senior advisor Andrew Miller recently told CNN, “Look how much we’ve achieved already. What could go wrong?”