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The latest object of political media fascination emerged during the Golden Globes, when a speech by Oprah Winfrey led to wildfire speculation that she would run for president in 2020.
For some, the solution to one unprepared celebrity billionaire president is to immediately elect another one. Before this sort of thing becomes the norm, with America’s presidency being a plaything for mass media personalities to pass around, we should stop it by the only means possible: we should abolish the presidency.
Presidency - Office - Cold - War - Importance
The presidency has slowly become an unserious office. During the Cold War, much of the importance of the chief executive’s job concerned the constant threat of worldwide nuclear war. That was serious business, and we elected serious men.
That is not to say that huge majorities considered each candidate elected in those years the best choice. The administrations of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon are still controversial today. But even our most outsider-ish president in those years, Ronald Reagan, had spent eight years as governor of a large state and several years as a union leader. They all had credentials.
Things - Soviets - Belly-up - Candidate - Bill
Things started to get silly once the Soviets went belly-up. Candidate Bill Clinton’s saxophone-playing and publicly discussing his underwear preferences were considered undignified, but he was also a long-serving governor with a serious understanding of political issues. Likewise, George W. Bush may have spent his first 40 years on earth as a rich playboy, but his governorship of Texas and serious commitment to conservative causes was obvious, and in his administration experienced adults were in charge.
If the idea of an Oprah-for-president boom based on one good speech seems crazy, remember that state senator Barack Obama became the future of the Democratic Party based on one good speech he gave at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. When the American people elected him at the...
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