America’s founders held a belief that is rare in political leaders these days — namely that they should not be trusted with power. That is a mark of greatness, as King George III of England noted: Upon being told at the end of America’s Revolutionary War that the victorious and immensely popular Gen. George Washington was going to step down rather than seek to rule the country, the king said, “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
Our founders’ self-awareness and humility remain rare traits in today’s political class and those adjacent to it. For example, many in Congress and the Joe Biden administration appear to honestly believe they possess such depth and breadth of knowledge that they can redesign — and in doing so improve — an industry, namely tech, that has risen to unprecedented levels of achievement by improving the effectiveness of every other industry and societal institution.
Read Dr. Jamison’s complete blog post at AEI.