I don’t like a couple of my doctors. One is a stuffed shirt and the other a martinet, but based on their education, training, and experience I trust their judgment. They probably don’t like me either, but I don’t owe them money, so it’s a win for both of us.
I am surprised when people risk their wellbeing and select those who serve them based on likability as opposed to qualifications. Yet, isn’t this exactly what happened during the 2016 election? When did we reach the point in our culture where we valued likability over capability?
Likability was the focus during the 1952 election, with “I Like Ike” campaign slogan. Unlike our current Republican leader, Ike took a firm stand against mob rule, risking his favorable likability rating.
Likability wasn’t a factor until Hillary Clinton ran against you know who. Voters chose a snake oil salesman, with no qualifications to lead anything but organized crime, over a woman who was eminently qualified to be president, because they didn’t like her.
The 2016 election results were further proof of Russian influence via the Vladimir Lenin quote, “Show me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you what you are.” Fox and Friends and Trump and friends reinforce this adage. The past three years of revolving door appointments and subsequent resignations are the result of choosing spin over substance.
Maybe next time we will consider someone who has demonstrated a capacity for caring and compassion over the recommendation of a two-bit street preacher.
Maybe next time there is an election logic will prevail. There’s not much that’s positive about likability these days.