By Joe Darby
Okay, folks, I think it’s time for me to go political again.
The thoughts in this column are inspired by growing talk about Oprah possibly running for president in two years.
If you thought the 2016 election between Trump and Hilary was the race from hell, can you imagine what the contest between The Donald and Oprah would be like?
I mean, even Trump supporters pretty much admit that the big guy in the White House is a loose cannon. To that I would add, he is the most disorganized and chaotic president ever. And, rather than having adopted the dignity that the White House would seemingly call for — as many people had hoped he would — he is still the playground bully, who attacks like a mad dog everyone who criticizes him in the slightest way.
I am truly scared of the guy. He talks about nuclear war as cavalierly and casually as most presidents would about, say, about implementing a new policy in the Department of Education.
I could go on, but you know about the man, how he acts and, apparently, how he thinks. Which is the scary part, right?
Now, to Oprah. Wouldn’t it be something to have a president known chiefly by her first name. Her supporters would no doubt reject the title of President Winfrey to insist that she be called President Oprah.
Aside from her very, very leftist politics, which have never worked in any country, she, like Trump before his election, is qualified only as a celebrity. And that’s what I’m really afraid of. That our days of electing true statesmen or stateswomen to the highest office could be long gone.
Perhaps for the 2032 election, those of us still alive would have a choice between a professional wrestler and a dirty-mouthed stand up comic. The wrestler, of course, would be the Republican and the comedian the Democrat.
And of course, instead of going to the polling places, we’d all gather around our electronic devices and text in our choice for a winner, like some of those TV talent shows today. During the show, the wrestler could try to toss the comedian out of a ring while the stand-up could spout dirty jokes about the wrestler.
I jest, but I truly fear. Surely, surely, the GOP should have done much better than nominating Trump. And the Dems lost the race by nominating the extremely flawed Hilary Clinton. Will they repeat their suicidal politics by choosing Oprah, giving us four more years of Trumpism? Where’s it all going to end?
I also think back to the beginnings of our country, when we had a population of 3 million or so.
From that relatively small group (compared to today’s 330 million) we produced George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and countless other brilliant statesmen who founded our country.
No one approaching the caliber of those men is even on the horizon today, And if there is, he or she has not yet revealed his or her qualities to us. So, if you’re out there, future great leader, please let us know. We need you so much.