He’s the guy that invented Preparation G. The man who invented color radio. The man who thought digital cameras were just a fad and loaded up on Kodak Film Stock. Thought Henry Ford was a crackpot and loaded up on buggy whips.Thought that rap music would last two years at the most. Thought that computers were toys and decided to buy typewriter stock. Thought Sam Walton had no idea how to run a store, thought that the very definition of security was GM stock and that the Japanese should stick with making trinkets and forget about making cars.
There have been men like this throughout history. The guy who thought it would be a good idea to sell Nero a fiddle, that the carpenter from Jerusalem simply had a few crazy ideas, that French peasants should be in the fields instead of trying to overthrow a queen. This are the same men who thought that the Civil War would be over in two or three weeks, that Lincoln was tall but dumb, that Custer could whip those Indians back into shape.
These same men, the names change, but their attitudes never do, they thought that Americans needed moral guidance so they launched prohibition, they thought there wouldn’t be a Depression, just a slight economic adjustment , that Hitler was just a guy who talked funny and that the Japanese wouldn’t dream about attacking Pearl Harbor. They thought that the Twin Towers would stand forever and that Terrorists were just odd ducks who wore turbans and sandals.
They thought that the car was a fad, that the airplane was a pipe dream and that television was just a passing fancy. They thought that Hemingway couldn’t write, Einstein couldn’t even do simple math and that Gershwin wouldn’t know a good tune if it bit him on the butt. They thought Fred Astaire couldn’t dance , that “Gone With the Wind” wouldn’t last more than a week in the theaters and that the Beatles were just some kids from England with bad haircuts.
These are the guys that designed the Titanic, the Hindenburg, the Edsel and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They invented New Coke. They were the guys who told Napoleon to invade Russia, told Columbus the earth was flat, that Caesar could ignore the Ides of March. These are the guys who told Pickett to charge, that told the Light Brigade to charge , that told Napoleon to take a stand at Waterloo. These are the guys who said no one would follow Jesus, Gandhi or Martin Luther King.
Putting these guys in charge would be like giving Bin Laden the keys to New York City, asking Bob Dylan to sing a song without mumbling or thinking that Brett Favre was serious about retirement. In short, it would be insane to put these guys in charge.
In short, throughout history, these are the guys you never wanted in charge. They were the guys who would think they could bring peace to the Middle East, win a war in Afghanistan, that there would be no consequences to massive federal debt, they could stop Mexicans from crossing the border and meanwhile win the war on drugs. You didn’t want these guys in charge because they would give the rich more tax breaks, force the average family out of their homes , give bail out money to bankers and Wall Street Tycoons and pass health reform that actually made the insurance companies bigger.
Thank God, Americans are too smart to put those guys in charge. It would be like asking if Al Capone had a anger management problem.