Since We're Just Throwing Out Random Names, I Vote Macklemore For President In 2020

Since We're Just Throwing Out Random Names, I Vote Macklemore For President In 2020

He’s humble, but doesn’t feel the need to brag about it. He’s well-spoken and doesn’t take to Twitter every five seconds.

Just two years ago if you would have told me that Donald Trump, the combover wearing curmudgeon from “The Apprentice,” was going to be kicking his feet up in the oval office and referred to as our Commander in Chief, I would have laughed at you. “That’s absurd,” I would have said. But it’s here, it’s happening.

The president of the United States is officially a Cheeto.

If that weren’t insane enough, talks of the 2020 election have already begun. And since apparently just about anyone can be president nowadays, people like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson have announced their candidacy.

There has even been buzz about Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Chris Rock. As for how many of those are actually valid political bids, I’m not sure, but we doubted Steven Colbert and see how far he got?

So, since the White House is being moved to Hollywood, I thought why not pick a celebrity candidate whose stances I support? For me, that celebrity is Macklemore. If rap lyrics are in any way an indicator of political agendas, which I’m pretty sure they are, I’m on board with Macklemore 2020. And what the heck - since they work so well together, Ryan Lewis for vice president.

Yes, he swears, refers to his manhood and even objectifies women on occasion, he’s a rapper, but nothing in his songs compares to what our current president spews. In fact, listening to his music you’ll hear that he refers to his manhood mostly in jest or ironically, he raps mostly about gender equality and refers to liking women of all body types.

He’s personable with a voice that young people, the largest voter demographic in this country, will listen to.

He’s humble but doesn’t feel the need to brag about it. He’s well-spoken and doesn’t take to Twitter every five seconds. He may as well already be a politician. Except, unlike most politicians and especially celebrity politicians, he uses his platform to highlight issues like consumerism, drug addiction and LGBTQ equality.

Skeptical? Let me prove it to you, in song…

In “Same Love” he raps about not what he thinks the struggle for a gay person is, but instead how his misconceptions of what it means to be gay as a child brought on by society are an echo of society's perception as a whole. He calls out religious hypocrisy and the violence and hatred the LGBTQ community continues to face.

Let’s talk about “Wings,” “Thrift Shop” and “Make The Money.” This comes from a man who is now worth $18 million, according to Google. He did it by rapping about shopping at thrift stores, how Air Jordans don’t make the player and reminding people, "make the money don't let the money make you."

OK, OK, I know what he’s talking about is scary because it’s anti-big cooperation and it’s a little socialist, gasp, but you know what? It’s about time we stopped giving all our money to companies that support an industry that is environmentally irresponsible and exploits its workers with inhumane work conditions.

It’s time we started thrift shopping. If you buy from hole in the wall thrift shops that money stays locally, why don’t we promote that instead of walking into stores greeted by over-sized posters of unrealistically built, shirtless men and headache-inducing perfumes coming out of the vents?

Makes sense to me.

As for his stance on Healthcare? Check out “Drug Dealer.” Just listen to the chorus, “My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor. Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma. He said that he would heal me, heal me, but he only gave me problems, problems.”

This is a man clearly in support of dismantling the profit-making system we have in favor of something that works to actually help its citizens, not further feed the serpent of greed that is the United States’ pharmaceutical industry.

He would make addiction and the “war on drugs” a priority. He used to be an addict and has watched friends fall down that same rabbit hole and never return. In “Otherside” he raps about his struggle with addiction, the rationalizing that someone caught up in that world is able to create out of a life or death situation. He recognizes how society glorifies drug abuse, “Follow the formula: violence, drugs and sex sells” and how that can impact a young mind.

This is a man who would put philanthropy and the serving others as a priority in a country that has very much lost its altruism. “Excavate” is his internal struggle, not wanting to die having done nothing for others and only serving himself.Isn’t that the kind of human who should make important decisions? The kind who thinks beyond himself? I think so.

And beyond that, this is a person who questions things, like his own motivations. Like in “Intentions,” he raps, “I should read a book, but I keep watching this TV and I know this lifestyle doesn't really feed me. I just tune out to the voice inside that's speaking.” Shouldn’t we elect someone who questions not only those around him but asks questions of himself as well?

This trend of electing over confident blustering figureheads in office has got to stop, we need a leader who listens and receives as well as leads. A leader is only as good as those that he leads and if our current government is a reflection of that, I shudder to think what that means for the citizens of this country.

Here’s the thing, Macklemore probably won’t run for president and in the past, he has been politically active, truthfully, I don’t think he’s qualified to do so, but the big picture is that we’ve got to stop being so absurd. I don’t really want some random guy off the street who has made questionable life choices, never attended medical school and wearing a lab coat to be my doctor.

That’s why we have to start electing people who have some experience in politics, not a resume consisting of a bunch of failed business endeavors and somehow a knack for scamming people out of their money.

I get that President Trump is already in charge and that we should be looking at the bright side and making the most of it, it’s hard, but I’m trying my best to do so. I’m just hoping that my ability to completely rationalize with the absurdity of an absurd political climate helps shed some light on just how insane these political bids are.

So, I leave you with this: stop being blinded by celebrity. Do some critical thinking and vote accordingly.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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