Another Celebrity for President?

In The Rampart’s first publication of “The Current,” we aim to engage the Central Catholic student body on current events.  Many political decisions will, at some point, affect us. Whether that is our ability to take out student loans or save for retirement. This week, we highlight Oprah’s golden globe speech and include what President Trump has done so far.  

Earlier this week Oprah spoke at the Golden Globe awards in support of the #MeToo movement. This speech, for many, highlighted what is missing in American politics. Oprah being a knowledgeable, passionate, and African-American woman, there is no reason while others might question whether Oprah should run for president. While it has been reported by author Anne Rice that she is considering running for president in 2020.

Another celebrity for president?

While Oprah is a very well-educated individual, she is also a global celebrity. This calls into question what the American populace desires in a presidential candidate. Although people raised on Ronald Reagan running for president, it seems we are rejecting qualifications and moving towards likeability. However, these are only reports. Other celebrities such as Kanye West have claimed to be running for president in 2020. Yet, who will actually run? In lieu of recent events, everyone, including Donald Trump, is looking towards the next election. We need to focus on the present.

Let’s take a second to look ahead. If say Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West run for president in 2020, there is no reason to doubt that several other celebrities will also run for the Democratic and Republican party. There is no telling how this will affect qualified public officials in their effort to run for office. Additionally, this will be the first election year where our current seniors and juniors will vote in. Who will we vote for?

In late December The Washington Post came out with an article highlight who is most likely to run for president in 2020. Among this list were former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, Dwayne Johnson, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden. Will we vote for a qualified politician, businessman, or movie star?

Take the election seriously. With recent proposals such as the Tax Bill, we need to have a person in the office that represents America. As high school students, we need to be educated because once we reach a certain age we can vote, and even run for office. This is our America. Who should represent it?