If you follow me on twitter you know I'm nota big fan of awards shows in general, but all the talk post Golden Globes is about OprahWinfrey potentially running for president in 2020.
Mainstream media is in love with the ideaof Oprah for President, and CNN, the NY Times, Time Magazine, and others have all run thinkpieces on her chances in just three years from now.
Hollywood of course is also love with theidea.
the conscience of lefty hollywood Jimmy Kimmel has already said that he's on boardwith Oprah 2020, and NBC even tweeted from their official account that Oprah is our nextpresident.
Though they eventually deleted the tweet.
Make no doubt, the elite class that was dealta swift blow by the election of Trump in 2016 will quickly fall in line if Oprah decidesto make a run.
Oprah has a remarkable life story — she grewup in a Milwaukee boarding house in extreme poverty, surviving absolutely horrific physicaland sexual abuse, including being raped by her cousin when she was only 9 years old.
From these unimaginably difficult beginnings,Oprah eventually made it into local news in Chicago and then onto her syndicated talkshow which not only changed the TV landscape but had a cultural relevance unlike almostanything in the pre-internet age.
Every politician, pop culture figure and ordinaryperson doing something extraordinary seemed to make it to Oprah's couch.
Since she ended the talk show 7 years ago,Oprah's had many professional ups and downs continuing to navigate hollywood, startingher TV network OWN which hasn't really caught on, charity work, and of course always makingtime to eat bread with very excited strangers around a fancy table in a forest.
As for Oprah's politics, I'm not sure anyoneother Oprah herself has a full view of them.
She was a big Obama supporter during his twocampaigns and I have no doubt she's falls on the Democrat-progressive side of things.
How she falls specifically on every issueI'm not totally sure, but we seem to be veering towards a cliff where the issues will havealmost nothing to do with who gets elected.
The cult of personality we're building aroundpoliticians and what that means for the health of our society in the long term is quicklybecoming a massive problem that is hidden in plain sight.
I'm pretty sure I don't have to say much onthe cult of personality that is Donald Trump.
Make no mistake whether you love or hate DonaldTrump, we elected a reality TV star, a man created by and now hated by the mainstreammedia.
Trump's rise used all the tools of the mediaagainst itself and that's why right now the media is endlessly looking to destroy him.
Theywant their narrative and control back.
Notice the shift in TV coverage and articlesabout Trump in the last two weeks or so, it's shifted from endless Russia stories to Trump'smental health.
In most cases, the people writing these storiesare the same people who said that stories about Hillary's health were conspiracy theories.
Evenafter she collapsed and was dragged into an SUV by security guards that autumn day inNew York City.
So what we have right now is a cult of personality,Trump, versus the cult of media.
This has made a lot of people a lot of money.
As long as they keep churning out articlesand think pieces, true or not, people get paid.
To this end, Trump is their perfect foil,he has no shortage of Tweets to send out and people to mock, so we've got a match madein hell playing our right in front of our eyes.
Now back to Oprah for a moment.
Oprah is basically the exact reverse of Trump,even at the identity politics level: she is a black woman and he is a white man.
She grew up poor, he grew up rich.
But more important than this, she says allthe right things, talks about love and spirituality, and is loved by the Hollywood and media classas one of their own.
Trump, on the other hand is their perfectenemy, as if they had written the script themselves.
Alas, Trump was one of their own until hebecame too powerful and now he is enemy number one because they've lost control of the narrative.
Their hope is they can win some of that narrativeback with another celebrity who will play by their rules but I think this is shortsightedat best and disastrous at worst.
Just imagine what kinda of insane polarizing,sensationalized lunacy this potential matchup will lead to as we head into 2020.
It'll be great for clicks and ratings, butit'll be terrible for ideas and debate.
You thought Hillary v.
Trump was polarizing? Just wait until Trump and Oprah battle itout in the Thunderdome on prime time TV.
Sadly, it doesn't look like we'll ever turnback to being governed as our founders intended, with a limited federal government and strongstates that empower people to control their lives at the local level.
While Trump has done some good work in limitedthe power of the federal government, he's obviously happy to govern by executive actionas congress cedes more and more of their duties to the executive branch, instead of the legislativebranch where laws are supposed to be written.
His justice department too, is happy to stepon the 10th Amendment and allow the federal government to trample on states rights, justlook at Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to allow the feds to crack down on statesability to legalize marijuana.
So to sum up, we’ll have a president thatwill most likely be a celebrity, whether it's Trump or Oprah or Mark Cuban or The Rock,along with a executive branch that will continue growing and growing in power.
This cult of personality will continuallyput people into office not on what they believe and whether they understand or even care howgovernment is supposed to work, but rather by what they make us feel and how they canmanipulate us into thinking exactly as they do.
That feeling, coupled with that growing powerof the office of the president is a recipe for the authoritarian control we should allbe wary of.
The only way to fight the tide of this celebrityinduced Idiocracy is to get involved now before it's too late.
Either that, or get ready to bow to SupremeLeader Justin Bieber in 2024.