Oprah Winfrey for president?
Is that the way we choose a president now, by celebrity? We’ve already done that (well not we) but someone did. We see how well that has worked out. Not well, to my way of thinking. But you know? Not everyone thinks like me.
Actually I guess the first celebrity president was Ronald Reagan. While I personally did not care for him, apparently a lot of people worshiped him. I will say he acted and looked presidential. He played by the rules. Conducted himself with civility. He had been a grade B movie actor but was well-known for his work on Television with GE. He was the host of Death Valley Days for a number of years.
There has been talk for several years of the possibility of Oprah running because of her mega notoriety and her wide appeal across social and racial lines.
Okay fine. But what in the heck does she know about politics and governing? I know some people say that’s the problem. We need non politicians in politics. I’m wondering, though, how you take the politics out of politics. About the only way you can do that is to have a king or dictator — but no, even that does not work. History shows there is almost or always royal or palace intrigue — it’s politics.
Now we are in need of someone who is able to bring disparate groups together, someone, and I hate to have to quote George W. Bush, but who is a uniter not a divider (remember that is what he touted himself as — and perhaps he tried). The man we have now is definitely a divider. He even helps tear apart the fabric of the political party he supposedly represents.
Winfrey has not made a decision or has not announced one and 2020 is way off. But I wonder if she would really want to give up her status of such a liked person for doing a job that is guaranteed by its nature to bring out enemies and make people who may have thought they liked her not feel so good about her — I mean you cannot please all of the people all of the time — not by a long shot. And you can’t always pick and choose warm and fuzzy topics or self-righteous causes to rally around.
But who knows? She just might be up to it.
But even with the tell-all scandal book Fire and Fury causing such an uproar and giving political forces against Trump hope, barring some foreign policy catastrophe it will likely be the economy that decides Trump’s political fate. Even though the president does not necessarily have any direct control over the economy he gets the credit or the blame, except that if the economy is picking up maybe it is just as much Barack Obama’s doing as Trump’s. The Democrat Obama, after all, inherited a Republican-driven mess that resulted in the Great Recession. But much of the private sector seems to want to give some credit to the new Republican tax law pushed through by the Trump administration — too early for actual varifiable results, but it’s more of a feeling I guess.
To my way of thinking, it is like politics. I mean they say all politics is local. I think the economy is what each individual voter thinks it is for him or her and they tend to vote accordingly — not so much the stock market or statistics about GNP — but of course those measures have technical relevance.
Trump just might settle down — I know seems unlikely. And it’s a shame we have to hope for something like that. But neither impeachment (on what grounds? and certainly not by a Republican-controlled congress). With his sanity in question, removal via the 25th Amendment seems more likely but there would have to be pretty serious and obvious grounds and if it was that bad it would seem it would have already been done.
And far out I know, but with the control of the nuclear arsenal in question and a questionable order by the president, who has the ultimate authority, I could see the possibility of a military coup if it came to that.