Hear Me Out, Oprah Should NOT Run For President In 2020

Hear Me Out, Oprah Should NOT Run For President In 2020

While she sounded presidential, she's not fit for the job.
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Ever since Donald Trump became the President of the United States, tons of celebrities have implied or announced a possible campaign in 2020. Everyone from actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson to singer and rapper Kanye West seems up for the job. It seems that a celebrity making a successful run paved the way for celebrities to become politicians.

Trump isn’t the first celebrity to run for political office and he isn’t the first celebrity to win the presidency.

Plenty of celebrities have started somewhere in politics, from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura who both ran as governors in California and Minnesota, Clint Eastwood and Jerry Springer who served as Mayors in Ohio and California and even child star Shirley Temple dabbled in politics. Ronald Reagan who played Superman in Hollywood movies served as the Governor of California before taking on the White House.

It’s not to say that a celebrity can’t handle politics, it’s just that celebrities usually start small before going for the big ticket item that is being the President of a powerful and influential country.

When Trump became President, people felt that set the bar for presidency very low. Anyone can become President! You just have to be likable and have a lot of money, which is kind of the definition of a lot of celebrities. However, most people who haven’t had experience in politics in general much less everything that goes into running a populace, don’t understand what it takes. They don’t know what are the best decisions to make and end up making things worse.

Unless a person has had experience politically, whether it being in Congress or being a governor or what have you, they aren’t fit to run an entire country.

Trump should not be the bar. Trump was never even close to the standard. Just because he became the President of our nation doesn’t mean he deserves it. He is unfit for the presidency. This entire year has proved it and the people should not lower their standards because he did it. It is unacceptable. If anything, we should raise our standards. We need someone who knows what they are doing.

And on the side of Oprah running, I understand the appeal. She did sound presidential in her speech, something we’ve been lacking since January 20th of last year. She’s also a woman of color, and I know that’s exciting to my white social justice warrior friends who think, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if she ran? We need diversity in the White House!”

I agree, we failed electing Trump after finally having eight years without an old white rich man as President, but I promise you, there are plenty of eligible women of color in political offices right now who could run a successful campaign if we gave them the support. We’ve got Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Kamala Harris of California, and Val Demmings from Florida, all women with experience in Congress, senators, and governors who are all over thirty-five.

So please, don’t lower your standards and think, "well, they are well known and likable", they will do an amazing job. Anyone can sound presidential, but can they be presidential. Promote women of color for 2020, but promote a woman of color who knows what they are doing.

We can’t let this be a trend where people who are qualified to do the job don’t get it because someone “better looking” gets it. Use your vote wisely in 2020.

Cover Image Credit: @oprah

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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2020 Democrats Need To Stick Together If They Don't Want A Repeat Of 2016

Democrats have to be willing to swallow their pride if they want the executive branch to turn blue.

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With a sufficient amount of democratic hopefuls, one of the largest problems in the party is actually choosing one. In the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were two household names that circled about. However, even after it became statistically improbably for Sanders to win the Democratic primary, he did not back down. He continued to campaign, which led to divisions in the party and might have been the reason to why the Democrats lost the election. Obviously, we have to learn from the past with the upcoming 2020 election.

Parties do better when they stick together.

When there is a division within the party, the votes get divided ultimately giving the win to the competing party. In the 2016 election, Democrats were strongly divided to a point that they were willing to vote for the Republican candidate rather than the other Democratic candidate (which did happen). Some Sanders supporters were unwilling to vote for Clinton just because it was her. They ended up voting for Trump since he wasn't Hillary. We know how that all worked out.

Democrats have to stick together and not become a hindrance to each other.

Although the candidate you were rooting for didn't win the primaries, they still share more ideals than the opposing party does. Elections are becoming more candidate-centric than party-centric which is quite concerning. Candidates have personal interests in mind and could change them on a whim. Parties have an established party platform that does change but only changes every four years.

Democrats don't want to relive what happened in the 2016 elections again.

With the high number of candidates running for the Democratic ballot, the fear of 2016 occurring again is high. Many of the candidates are extremely qualified and have dedicated voters that might put the candidate before the party. Democrats have to be willing to swallow their pride if they want the executive branch to turn blue.

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