We Aren’t Governed by Scientists, Nor Should We Be

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seen speaking to the media next to Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House, on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the McGovern Alumni Center in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / Forum News Service

MINOT, N.D. — America has long sought to protect itself from being governed by technical experts.

The best example of this is the military and law enforcement. The person at the top of the chain of command for cops and soldiers is always someone who is neither (at least not actively).

Police chiefs report to mayors and city councils. The commander-in-chief of any given state’s National Guard is the governor. The commander-in-chief of the U.S. military is whoever is occupying the White House.

This is by design. While we acknowledge that generals and police chiefs have technical expertise in their fields which is owed respect, we also understand that policy decisions must be made by political leaders.

Which is why it’s frustrating to see so many, in this time of pandemic, braying about letting the scientists lead us.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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