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Elizabeth Warren is officious, not presidential material

Posted by John T. Reed on

Elizabeth Warren is officious.
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assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, especially with regard to petty or trivial matters.
"the security people were very officious"
synonyms:
peremptory · high-handed · commanding · imperial · overbearing · overweening · domineering · authoritarian · dictatorial · authoritative · lordly · assertive · dominating · [more]
intrusively enthusiastic in offering help or advice; interfering.
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1: volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed : MEDDLESOME
officious people who are always ready to offer unasked advice
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Officious is a tricky word as it seems like it might mean something like office or official. Instead, it is a word to describe someone that acts more official than they actually are. People who are officious are busybodies. They want to make their opinions known and followed, despite not having any kind of real power.
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intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
“bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself”
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busy, busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, meddling
intrusive
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If you describe someone as officious, you are critical of them because they are eager to tell people what to do when you think they should not.
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adjective
objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome:
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too eager to tell people what to do and having too high an opinion of your own importance:
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1. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others:
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offering unwanted advice or services, often in an overbearing way.
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showing an annoying tendency to take your position or status too seriously
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offensively intrusive or interfering in offering advice and services.
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Her famous tag line is “I have a plan for that.” And there seems to be no subject where she does not have a plan.
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Uh, if you have a plan for EVERYTHING, you are claiming to be omniscient. Warren’s main expertise to the extent, that she has expertise in anything, is bankruptcy law. How does bankruptcy law qualify you to take over 20% of the US economy (health care)? Let alone all the other things that presidents do like commander in chief, foreign policy, supervise millions of civilian employees, collect taxes, budget federal spending, and so on?
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“I have a plan for that,” is the mating call of the officious ego maniac.
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The phrase “occupational hazard” comes to mind. Warren was an elementary school teacher and later a law professor. Is there an occupational hazard to spending all day every day in a room with young children or early 20s students where you are in charge and, in law school, have the power to alter their careers with grades or recommendations or non-recommendations?
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Yes. If you are a hammer, you tend to think the whole world is a nail. If you are a Harvard Law School professor, you tend to see the whole world as 24-year-old Supreme Court Clerk wannabes hanging onto your every world and eagerly seeking your approval.
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Biden was right about her. If you disagree with her—I doubt law students do openly—your a bad person or some kind of nut or stupid or not a real Democrat. “My way or the highway” was the cliche Biden used to describe her attitude toward her “plans.”
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That will not work with voters. It will not even work with a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress. They have “plans” too. Elizabeth Warren may be sure she is the font of all knowledge on planet earth, but not even her fellow Democrats believe she is that much smarter than they are.
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I have a similar occupational hazard. I have been a how-to article and book author for 43 years. That means I stand in front of a computer to tell people how to do things. There is no one else in the room and no one else watching and commenting on line or on the phone.
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Part of the time, I research the subject in question by reading books and articles. Sometimes I work in the field in question. Sometimes I perform experiments to test for which best practices are best.
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It is probably a bit like being a law professor. I get some pushback, as I do here at this Facebook wall. But generally, I am talking to a computer and it “takes copious notes.”
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Initially, I wrote a lot of “on the one hand this, on the other hand that.” But how-to book readers do not want that. They want direction. “Tell me what to do.” So I switched to that mode. In some cases, the nature of the subject forces me to do the one hand other hand routine. For example, explaining how to stop the off-tackle play in my gap-air-mirror youth defense requires me to tell you to rob the best Peter to pay that Paul. The best Peter is a weakness in the opposing offense. You reinforce the off-tackle hole by taking one of your defenders from an area the offense is weak at attacking.
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But generally, my books are “do this in this situation, do that in that situation do that.” Directive by popular demand.
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Does everyone on earth love me for that, like a presidential candidate needs? Hell, no. Many think the notion that you could learn how to do something from a book is ridiculous. My response to them? Vaya con dios.
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Others think I am an officious jerk always telling people how to do everything. Guilty as charged, but not everything. Just stuff where I have made a considerable effort.
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I am a how-to book author. Occupational hazard. So no one should be surprised if they find me telling how to do something.
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I am not a politician. Don’t want to be a politician. I “be myself” and that attracts a few people and repels most. Vaya con dios. I have no interest is persuading anyone to like me.
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Elizabeth Warren is like me in terms of occupational hazard, but UNLIKE me she is running for president. She cannot afford to piss off tens of millions of people. I am smart enough to recognize the incompatibility of my attitude with politics. She is not smart enough to do the same. She is a law professor round peg trying to cram herself into a national politician square hole.
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Presidential candidates are now “required” to divulge their tax returns and health records. I want them to release their SAT scores. I expect both Warren and Trump would be horrified at that. Gee, what’s the problem? Trump claimed to be first in his class. She is a tenured Harvard professor.
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I generally do not remember my scores, but I scored 98th percentile in high school when we believed the notion that you could not prepare so I did not prepare. In college and thereafter, I DID prepare for the GRE (I got 780 on that out of 800), the ATGSB (now called the GMAT), and the LSAT and always scored in the 99th percentile. I was briefly in Mensa and my ATGSB and LSAT scores were proof I was qualified. Mensa is 98th percentile and up only. There is another Mensa type group that requires 99th percentile. I do not remember the name and never tried to get into that.
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My guess is Trump scored in the 95th percentile on the SAT. I would not be surprised if Warren was more like 90th. Bloomberg and Buttigieg, on the other hand, strike me as 99th.
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My unsolicited career advice for Warren is that she teach a university course on the theory of public policy without regard to what can be signed into law or what would bankrupt the federal government.
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My Facebook Friend William Stooksbury responded as follows:
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Wilson Stooksberry Reminds me of one of my favorite CS Lewis quotes: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals."
  • John T. Reed That is a great quote. How did I get to be 73 without ever seeing it before?
  • Wilson Stooksberry Lewis is best known for his 'Lion Witch and Wardrobe' book series. His superior writings however are in his nonfiction stuff. He was a WW1 vet and professor of medieval literature at Oxford and Cambridge and died in the 1960s ... the only people I know who read his nonfiction are Christians who have a penchant for philosophy.

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