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Sorry America, But Oprah 2020 Is Not The Answer
01-09-2018, 01:41 PM,
Sorry America, But Oprah 2020 Is Not The Answer
Sorry America, But Oprah 2020 Is Not The Answer

<p><a href=""><em>Authored by Carey Wedler via,</em></a></p>

<p>On Sunday evening at the annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, <strong>Oprah won hearts and minds with a <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">rousing speech</a> about speaking truth to power and advancing the position of women in society.</strong></p>

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<p><strong>It was an objectively powerful oration, and social media was promptly flooded with calls for Oprah to be the country’s next president.</strong> The newfound Oprah 2020 campaign drew support not only from <i>NBC News</i>, which eventually <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">deleted</a> a tweet referring to her as “our future president,” but also famous neoconservative <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">war hawk</a> Bill Kristol, who unleashed a Twitter storm of support for the beloved American icon.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Oprah: Sounder on economics than Bernie Sanders, understands Middle America better than Elizabeth Warren, less touchy-feely than Joe Biden, more pleasant than Andrew Cuomo, more charismatic than John Hickenlooper.<a href="">#ImWithHer</a></p>
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) <a href="">January 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">And, of course: Oprah came from infinitely more challenging circumstances than Trump, is wealthier than Trump, has read more books than Trump, is more stable than Trump, and isn't under investigation by the Justice Department unlike Trump.</p>
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) <a href="">January 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
<script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Oprah did rightly <a href=",28804,1939460_1939452_1939457,00.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">speak out</a> against the 2003 Iraq war (though Kristol <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">claims,</a> partially <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">correctly</a>, that she supported regime change), and <strong>as an individual, she is a wonderful example of human connection, kindness, and compassion. But her political thought process remains entrenched in many of the same problems that have created the dire national situation and international political <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">crises</a> the United States now faces.</strong></p>

<p>During the 2016 election, Oprah made it clear she supported Hillary Clinton, even if she wasn’t her most enthusiastic backer. “You don’t have to like her,” she <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">urged</a> voters as she warned against the dangers of a Trump presidency. She <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">supported</a> Barack Obama in <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">both</a> of his presidential campaigns, placing herself squarely in the spectrum of mainstream political ideology.</p>

<p><u><strong>But more important than the need to break away from his left-right, two-party paradigm is the need for people to stop relying on a leader to rule over them altogether. </strong></u>This mentality has given us Donald Trump, and it has disempowered individuals not only from taking control over their own lives but also working to improve society as a whole.</p>

<p>Placing our hopes for civilization and fates in the hand of another person — even Oprah — by putting them at the head of government perpetuates the mentality that we can’t support ourselves, instead opting to outsource our own responsibility to an external control system. Further, doing so is yet another exercise in imposing views on others who do not have an opportunity to consent. The very same people cheering Oprah’s potential candidacy are outraged at Donald Trump’s presidency, populating a resistance movement that insists he is “not [their] president.” Would they also respect the views of others who don’t want Oprah (or Obama or Hillary or anyone else) as their president?</p>

<p>I never consented to Donald Trump’s presidency, and I won’t consent to Oprah. And <strong>chasing solutions from a corrupted system that has served to exploit people around the world while perpetuating extraordinary violence and instability isn’t the solution, anyway.</strong></p>

<p>We would do far better to actively work to free ourselves from this system by investing in cryptocurrencies to undermine financial institutions’ hegemony, growing our own food to undermine <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Big Agriculture</a>, choosing to use alternative forms of energy to avoid <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">state-sanctioned sources</a> that destroy the environment, and donating our time and resources to organizations and individuals that need it. We could even grind this system of perpetual war, corporate welfare, and increasingly authoritarian law enforcement to a halt by simply refusing to fund it.</p>

<p><u><em><strong>History has shown that electing a person to solve our society’s problems, rather than confronting them ourselves, not only fails to fix them but also almost always manages to make them worse.</strong></em></u></p>

<p>Perhaps we should respect each other’s individual freedom to not be ruled over by someone of <i>our </i>choosing, instead deciding to lift each other up ourselves rather than expecting a violent institution to do it for us.</p>

<p><strong>Rather than wanting to forcibly impose Oprah as an authority figure over hundreds of millions of people, perhaps we should simply strive to <i>be like</i> Oprah - to empower ourselves to escape staggering circumstances, to be kind to others, and to give as much as we can to those in need.</strong></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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