Everyone is laughing at Kanye West because he announced last night at the VMAs that he is running to be president of these divided states of American in 2020.
Frankly, I don't think it's so funny. I consider Mr. West a serious candidate and I would look forward to his contribution to the political debate and the circus that surrounds it.
Think about it for a minute. Is he any less qualified than say Donald Trump, Ben Carson, or Chris Christie? I know that Kanye has said some outrageous things in the past, but so has Donald Trump, and he (Trump) has been leading the field of republicans all summer long.
I keep thinking of all the positives that could come out of his campaign. He would, for instance, be able to mobilize young people and get them to register to vote and get engaged in the political process. I bet he would get more young people to register to vote than another young black man from Chicago did almost 8 years ago.
He would certainly know how to balance the budget. Kanye has managed to build a nice little fortune for himself by properly managing his rap and producing career, and by branding himself to optimize his money making abilities. Yes he has had some bumps along the way, but so has Donald.
Then there is the mixed race wife. Americans will like that. We still can't have two 100% Negroes in the White House just yet. Kim will make an excellent First Lady. (Think Jackie O without the racism.)
And Kanye might not have formally studied foreign policy, but dude has been to a lot of countries, and they love him in places like Japan. Besides, he could work with some of those leaders in some troubled spots over the world by touting the fact that his wife has roots in some of those same countries.
Admit it people, you would live for those state of the union addresses under president West. Can you imagine if one of those wingnuts shouted out "you lie" in the middle of his address? I can. It would be pure gold.
So Kanye, I say go for it, America needs you.
Heck if Donald Trump can catch lightening in a bottle well then so can you.
Besides, I already like your platform:
"Before you ask me to get a job today, can I at least get a raise on a minimum wage?
And I know the government administered AIDS,
So I guess we just pray like the minister say,
Allah o Akbar and throw em some hot cars,
Things we see on the screen are not ours,
But these niggas from the hood so these dreams not far,
Where im from, the dope boys is the rock stars,
But they can't cop cars without seein' cop cars,
I guess they want us all behind bars.
I know it." ~Heard Em Say~
Adam Levine for VP.
*Pic from forbes.com