17 Fictional Characters Who Would Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

17 Fictional Characters Who Would Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

After he lost in Iowa, it's all fair game.

In the current political climate, it's tough to tell who exactly would be the best president of the United States. While I'm still proselytizing for my man Vermin, I thought I'd at least pick out some of my favorite characters who I think might serve the nation better than Donald Trump.

1. The Iron Giant ("The Iron Giant")

Since someone nominated the man who wants to "bomb the shit out of ISIS" for a Nobel Peace Prize, we might as well throw in another being who turned to peace. Plus, since Vin Diesel voiced the big metal dude, we'd technically have our first Latino president

2. Godzilla ("Godzilla vs. Hedorah" A.K.A. "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster")

Sure, good ol' greenie has wrecked some cities in her time, but in this movie, she's just another warrior out for environmental justice. Since she's technically Tokyo's cultural ambassador, the citizenship thing may be a sticky wicket. But nothing can stand in the way of a lizard with a plan

3. Sam White ("Dear White People")

She's a media-savvy college kid who actively fights racism in all forms (she even called out Tarantino!) and knows how to subvert bureaucratic hoops (see the end of the movie). Sam may be exactly what our country needs right now, count me in.

4. Jack Ryan ("Patriot Games")

Yes, his foreign policy is imperialistic, right wing, and generally pro-military (which makes him a lot like Mr. Trump). But Ryan also found the Red October and is an expert diplomat, so it kind of balances out?

5. Casper McFadden ("Casper the Friendly Ghost")

Many have accused Trump of being inhuman because of his harsh stances on people who aren't white guys with a bunch of money. Casper's also not technically human, but he's very friendly

6. Buffy ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")

There are plenty of vampires in Washington. I'm not talking about people who look like vampires (sorry, Uncle Joe), more people whose job seems to be get elected and betray their constituency. Maybe some supernatural a** kicking could balance the budget by January.

7. Hannibal Lecter ("Silence of the Lambs")

OK, maybe this is going too far. But he is was an extremely qualified psychologist, and everyone has skeletons in their closet. Mr. Lecter's skeletons just happen to once have been people.

8. Audrey 2 ("Little Shop of Horrors")

So long as you're electing a ruthless consumer, might as go with the mean green mother from outer space.

9. Cyrus ("The Warriors")

The original great unifier. Just because his plan to unite the gangs of New York against the police didn't pan out doesn't mean his skills went away. I can dig it!

10. Charlie Kelly ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia")

Qualifications: King of the Rats.

11. The Entire Breakfast Club (Duh)

They may not have convinced Mr. Vernon that they didn't deserve detention, but the fab five made us believe that any group of people can come together in the end. Skills like that will do nothing but good on the senate floor

12. Ellen Ripley ("Alien")

The original space bada**. She went through a gauntlet (including one angry xenomorph) that made Mark Watney's trip look like a weekend jaunt to Fiji

13. Eli ("Book of Eli")

The "memorizing the entire bible" thing plays really well with the Evangelical voters (not Mr. Trump's strongest crowd), making Eli the most electable of this entire list

14. Samus Aran ("Metroid Prime")

As a bounty hunter, she's maybe the closest to an actual warrior on this list. Since she's been to a lot of planets, though, and seen a lot of history, so I bet she's against carpet bombing

15. The Stormtrooper on the Far Right ("Star Wars: Episode IV")

Yeah, he made a little mistake. But he's willing to make sure the show goes on, no matter the cost (which, in this case, may be a mild concussion.)

16. Michelangelo ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles")

No, he's not an arrogant leader like Leonardo, a disconnected geek like Donatello, or even a hothead like Raphael. Mikey is the everyman's turtle, and he's here for the American people

17. John Quincy Archibald ("John Q")

John Q brought us a scathing critique of the American healthcare system back in 2002. Alternatively, we can go with the guy who is for vaccines, so long as they're in lower quantities, to prevent autism.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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