If there is one lesson to be learned from the Trump presidency, it is that electing an inexperienced, unqualified, reality show personality to lead our nation has been a HUGE mistake. Name recognition
does not a president make. Even if Trump had the temperament, the intelligence, and the willingness to learn, he would still have faced enormous challenges in navigating the most important job in the world.
We all make mistakes in our lifetimes. We have made mistakes as a country. But if we fail to learn from our mistakes, then we are doomed to repeat them. And Donald Trump has been one of our biggest national mistakes. Yet some people don’t seem to have learned the lesson.
Last night the Golden Globe Awards were held. Another round of people in the entertainment field applauding other people in the entertainment field. Sorry, but big whoops. NBC hosted the event, so naturally their twitter feed was filled with snippets from the program. But in one of them, they just went too far:
— NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018
[Update: NBC deleted the above-referenced tweet and sent out the following message:]
Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.
— NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018
Of course everyone loves Oprah. She is one of the few people who is instantly recognizable by her first name alone. She is known for her talent, her empathy, and for building a huge business empire. When she began her book club, she introduced millions of women to literature they might not have known. All of these are worthy qualities and she definitely deserves recognition and acclaim for them. Yet not one of them qualifies her for being the “future president” as NBC proclaimed.
As we know by now, the President of the United States is not an entry-level job. Some type of political experience is required, if for no other reason than preparing the person for the challenges they will face. Being in the entertainment field does not automatically disqualify anyone for President. But Ronald Reagan had served two terms as governor of the state of California, one the nation’s largest states, before he successfully won the presidency. John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama both had served time in the U.S. Senate before entering the Oval Office.
In fact, the last person to win the Presidency without having held political office before was Dwight Eisenhower. Of course, he had done a few impressive things before in his career, like successfully invading Europe and defeating Hitler in World War II.
Anyone who wants to become the President needs to learn the ropes, and pay their dues. Bill Clinton paved his way to the White House by becoming governor of Arkansas first. If Oprah is serious about becoming president, then let her run for governor or the U.S. Senate first. Let her get some political chops.
Despite the last year, the Presidency is not a reality show. It is reality. The future of our country, and quite possibly the rest of the world, depends on who holds the office. If the polls are any indication, many people in the country are realizing that electing Donald Trump was a terrible mistake. It is one that we cannot afford to make again.
There are any number of highly qualified candidates from both parties to choose from. Men and women with political experience and documented policy positions. They are the ones the voters should be focusing upon. Evaluating them and their qualifications. Deciding who is the best one to lead our nation. 2020 is still a long time away, in political terms. Our focus now should be on the 2018 mid-terms and sending a message to Congress and the White House that we are “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.”
Oprah Winfrey is a wonderful, kind, caring, and compassionate person. So was Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta. That qualifies them for sainthood, not the presidency.