Knowledge, What a Concept

“It’s hard to keep up with how much the guy doesn’t know.” We’d just seen another example of GOP presidential candidate wannabe Scott Walker sticking his foot in his mouth – again.

It’s also hard to keep up with his idiotic statements and unrealistic plans.

He proposes building a border wall – at the Canadian border.

He has a to-do list for wreaking havoc on his mythical “first day in office” that includes:

  • Terminate the Iran negotiation deal.
  • Reinstate sanctions on Iran.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Eliminate federal employees’ unions.
  • End President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

In his speeches, Walker keeps pointing to Reagan’s firing air traffic controllers on strike in 1981 as an example of strong foreign policy. Seriously? Did busting the union really end the Cold War? I don’t remember it that way. Anyone else?

Walker has also shown he needs a script in order to speak clearly. One foreign policy talk made no sense: “You look at Egypt, probably the best relationship we’ve had in Israel, at least in my lifetime, incredibly important.” Did he really imply that Egypt is in Israel? Did he use “Israel” as a synonym for the Middle East region, perhaps? Was it his grammar or his lack of knowledge that made him appear confused? Never mind. Don’t answer that. I’m not sure I want to know.


As it stands today, Walker needs to study. He needs to surround himself with educated advisers that  understand the world outside of Wisconsin. And yet, Walker didn’t finish his bachelor’s degree. He doesn’t really know how to study. As for advisers, he is more likely to listen to ALEC and the Koch brothers than he is a truly knowledgeable foreign policy analyst.

And any poor analyst or adviser will have to meet a major challenge: the challenge of keeping up with what Walker still doesn’t know.

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