We should all be grateful that Marco Rubio has offered us some fresh insight into the exercise that we once called presidential politics. The Florida Republican informed us that welders make more money than philosophers. I'm not sure where that fits into the grand narrative of leading America, as Donald Trump puts it, to greatness again. But there it is: welders vs philosophers. What an exciting thought! Never heard anybody
of a lesser mind put it quite that way. The pace is quickening.
For those of us who have never encountered the thought after many years in the partisan foxholes, we had no choice but to leave it to the metrics of the welders and philosophers to tell us of the relative merits of their chosen life's work. Having been neither, I can only say that several reliable sources quickly dug into their volumes of scholarly research and concluded that Rubio's reach may have exceeded his grasp in the opaque world of, say, Hegel or Schopenhauer, both of whom I joylessly encountered in a single college level philosophy class.
Besides, both have expired and are not here to defend themselves.
So I looked for parallel comparisons to challenge the senator. Do welders make more money than, say, U.S. senators? It may be argued that politicians who weld hollow ideas on the campaign trail or wherever there is a TV camera in their face should be considered for a pay raise and better parking spots to inflate their own prestige as engaged representatives of the people.
That much would be required if they spent 24 hours a day to deliver themselves from such public menaces to civilization as Ben Carson, who has likened migrants to "mad dogs" and Trump, who roars that the only way to defeat ISIS is to "bomb the shit out of them" leaving only a moonscape behind.
With the phalanx of Republican presidential candidates groping to pick up cues to counter Rubio, must we consider whether pizza twirlers have a brighter future than the whirling windmill of current GOP aspirants for the Oval office? We can only guess where this is going.