In case you’ve been living under a rock (and hey, with the recent state of affairs, that actually sounds like a half-decent idea), I’m astounded and amazed that Kanye West, rapper extraordinaire and social “activist”, has announced that he will be running for President of the United States of America in 2020. If elected, he would be;
(1) chief of state
(2) chief executive
(3) chief administrator
(4) chief diplomat
(5) commander in chief
(6) chief legislator
(7) party chief, and
(8) chief citizen
Can you picture Kanye West sitting alongside Ban-Ki Moon, John Key, David Cameron, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other Heads of State?
But of course, this is democracy at work, and that’s fantastic. Anyone (eligible) can stand for President, and he’s simply exercising this right. However, this right is all but ignored by most citizens, because of one simple thing: it’s usually only used by old rich white men, with the notable exceptions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. There are quite a few groups disproportionately represented in the American legislature, namely black people, women, and LGBT. Intricacies of representation are not what I’m here to discuss, however.
This is mostly a piece ridiculing Kanye for this. His social policies would likely, aside from the obvious (social progress such as LGBT rights), be legalisation of marijuana, improving musicians royalty rights, and the like.
I’m not knocking him; it’s simply democracy at play. Whether or not he’ll actually succeed to be POTUS is another matter. But hey, if he is, we’ll have First Lady Kim Kardashian West, and that’s not that bad.