Thursday, April 26, 2007

Who Wants to be President?

Did you hear about that new reality show, Independent, where the winner gets $1 million to use towards their, or someone's, presidential campaign?

This was part of the focus on news radio yesterday, and they had people call in and give their opinions and things like that. Most people think it's silly, some people think 'go for it.' Whatever your opinion, there was one caller yesterday who missed the point in her American History/Government class.

On her call, she was appalled at the idea of this TV show. She thought it mocked our government. "It means just anybody can run for president!" And she was angry about that.

I'm sorry, honey, that's the part you missed. Just anybody can run for president. What Joe Public lacks is the funding to do so. But the basis of our democracy is that any John or Jane can.

Yes, I think the show is silly. But if I were the proper age (I'm not yet) I would be considering it. Maybe we need someone who is not a professional politician to be in that office and tell it like it is for the little guy. That is something many current politicians seem to forget; what it's like to be Mr. or Ms. Average.

I'm not here to talk politics. Really! Just, you know, in a few more years, I might be asking you to write me in. Especially if we have one of those 'vote for the lesser of two evils' kinds of races. Don't do that, just vote for me!


Willow Goldentree said...

I'd vote for you!

It sounds like what happened in the California recall elections back in 2003/2004 (I honestly can't remember the year). We lived in So. Cal at the time and no one liked our governor so, they gave us another election. EVERYONE ran! Gary Coleman, a 99 year old woman sponsored by the 99cent store, a Playboy bunny, and of course Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was actually very refreshing to have so many people running. Some made it more like a game but I think California won in the end. It opened our eyes to what a "real" election is like, with real people.

Anann said...

Oh, I'd vote for you too...Wait, that might be a problem...Hmmm..