When I first heard that Oprah was running for President in 2020, I thought it was a joke. Now that I’m hearing that it’s seriously being discussed, I still think it’s a joke.
I don’t know when the idea of Oprah running for President became a real thing, or if it really has. There are too many variables that figure into any candidate’s eligibility to run for President. Believe it or not, there are still more factors that should be considered besides a contender’s bank account. For one, she’s not married.
There has been an unmarried POTUS before. Two of ’em, in fact. James Buchanan never married, and Grover Cleveland was unmarried when he was elected. The question is, though, if a single woman could be elected in this day and age. I don’t care one way or the other. Marital status has zilch to do with whether or not a person is qualified to do a job. But there may be those out there that might care. A lot.
Is America ready for another President that has no prior political experience? There have been a total of 5 Presidents that lacked previous political experience, including Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Donald Trump. Ronald Reagan was an actor first, but he was also a governor to the state of California before he became President. He also served in the military.
That begs another question. Can there be another President in the modern era that has no military experience? There have been a surprising 15 Presidents that had no official military service under their belts. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama and Donald Trump. Can we afford to have another?
George W. Bush was President when America went to war against Iraq in 2003, and he did serve as a pilot in the National Guard. But no President since has served in the Military. Not one. And America is still at war.
It is my considered opinion that a person should have served in the military in order to be qualified to be the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States of America. The last and current guys didn’t, and it doesn’t look like we’re any closer to a resolution than we were ten years ago. That needs to change.
I don’t care what color Oprah is, though It’s possible (probable?) that my lack of support for her would be attributed to racism – a term I find to be the most overly used inaccurate word in the history of the language. We’re all one race: human. The sooner we all realize that and pull together, the better the world will be for it.
I don’t care that Oprah’s a woman. There’s no reason whatsoever that a woman couldn’t do the job, as long as it’s a woman that’s qualified for it.
In fact, before a couple of hours ago, there’s even a chance that I might have overlooked her lack of political and military experience, to see where Oprah stands on the issues. She’s such a powerful and influential person, after all. Maybe she could get some good things done for the American people, and for the whole world.
That changed when I saw this 23 seconds of video.
Anybody who can wantonly call for the death of a whole generation of people has no business being in control of the most powerful military in the world. Period.
In the past, Oprah Winfrey has definitely shut down the suggestion that she might run for President. She told the Hollywood Reporter: “I will never run for public office. That’s a pretty definitive thing.” *
I hope she meant it. I really do. Oprah v Trump is not a ticket I want to have to vote on.
Seriously. I’d rather sit through all three Twilight Movies, both 50 shades films and I, Tonya. And the chances of that happening are right up there with pigs flying.
* The Washington Examiner