I think you missed a very important point in your thinking here. Our country excelled, not because of professional politicians, but in spite of them. Since the government should not be running ANYTHING, we do not need professionals in government! We only need legitimate, loyal American patriots who go there to SERVE the people who sent them. If they can and will follow the Constitution and put the wishes of the voters ahead of their own agendas, they can do what they were elected to do.