Columnist should add himself to list of untrustworthy experts
Dr. Walter Williams is a clever, brilliant and highly knowledgeable man. Yet, last week he attacked the Supreme Court, using a sports analogy, to prove that they were not acting as neutral “umpires and referees.”
In his analogy, he claims the court’s rulings were as if one less talented Super Bowl team should be favored over another, because they had never won the big game. In reality, professional sports are the perfect example of each individual being able to rise to his or her potential, regardless of their background. A better analogy would be if the more popular, better moneyed, and more successful team demanded that the challenging team be forced to play with only five helmets, uncleated shoes, and discount store shoulder pads.
The U.S. Supreme Court is the last place where those without power can be protected from those who do. Some people are still angry about the failed attempt by Franklin D. Roosevelt to “pack the court” 80 years ago, yet are trying to do just exactly that by advocating candidates who adhere to one political philosophy, representing less than half the population but have most of the money and power.
This week, Dr. Williams uses dozens of absurd nuggets of stupidity to prove “experts” cannot be trusted. Take the admiral, claiming to be an expert on explosives, who told President Truman that the atomic bomb would never work. Truman chose to believe 100 military leaders and thousands of scientists and engineers, who were actually working on the project. Next, Williams alleges that C.H. Duell, head of the Patient Office said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” That was an apocryphal hoax. In 1902, Duell said, “In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold.”
Perhaps Dr. Williams should add his name to the list of untrustworthy experts.