Social media blew up when it appeared that Oprah Winfrey might run for president. Think of it: two billionaire media stars who had never held political office running for president. Only in America.
But the deeper question is why voters are turning in this direction? Besides their obvious frustration with politicians, voters seem more interested in making statements than actually governing. We don’t know what policies Oprah might follow and, even after a year, Trump’s policy approach is still taking shape. But they do make a statement.
A related problem is that the presidency is becoming all bully pulpit and no real leadership, all hat and no cattle as they say in Texas. We want superheroes and action, not mature deliberation. What passes for action in Washington these days is party-line votes and executive orders, not working through complex issues.
Citizens have duties, too, and we shouldn’t vote just to express frustration, but to guide the policy and governance of the nation.Read More »