Do you mean formal education? Not everyone needs to be fleeced of their cash and indoctrinated for several years to be "educated". Some people don't have to be coerced into learning. No you haven't struck a chord. I'm not being defensive. I've just observed the level of entitlement that goes along with the random diploma these days. The implication that this man has no wisdom to impart because he is a plumber or blue collar is the type of elitism that's ruining this country. I'm an engineer. I've also done a lot of field work. I'm amazed all the time at what I learn from "Joe" on the job. I was "Joe" at one time. I don't learn much from other engineers. When shit hits the fan, they're usually hiding behind their diplomas.
You need to find work with better engineers.
Formal education is not a requirement for being smart. But just the same, having an education does not preclude one from also having common sense.
The smartest person I know did not graduate highschool. I have watched as he has written operating systems from scratch and 3D modeling on the fly...all on an old 386 computer. There are times he lives on the street.
And some of the folks with the highest degrees are unable to dress themselves without help. There just is no stereotyping of either segment.
And the concept of the "Leftist Intellectual Elite" is just humor on the half-shell.
Where Joe the Plumber got in trouble was not that he spoke up but that he got hooked into the media circus and started believing the hype. When the GOP started dragging him out as the Ken to match Caribou Barbie, the circus went to three rings. THAT is what drew the contrasts and made folks actually scrutinize his opinions. He is certainly entitled to them but if he feels like sharing, he has to accept that they are going to be challenged when folks disagree.
Folks on the right didn't like those challenges. If they didn't want Joe Sixpack challenged by the media and the folks on the left, they should not have toured him around with the circus.