Why West is best: Kanye’s road to 2020 presidency

“I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me, like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.” This same person also stated “I have decided in 2020 to run for President.

Kanye West announced at the 2015 MTV Video Awards that he intended to run for President in the year 2020, claiming that America needs new ideas and a certain truth that only he can deliver.

“I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

To say that his announcement to run for President has been met with some ridicule would be a dire understatement. But Kanye’s decision to run for President isn’t the absolute worst thing to happen to America – maybe even the opposite of that.

If you take a look at the current election polls on FOX News, a man who intends to build a great wall to keep Mexican immigrants out of America is in the lead for the Republican nomination. So before Kanye’s voice is droned out by those vocalizing his negative attributes, consider all the possible qualities Kanye possesses that he could use for America’s benefit as the 2020 U.S. President.

“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.

There is no self-censorship in Kanye’s mind when he opens his mouth to speak. From referring to himself as Jesus on multiple occasions to the infamous Taylor Swift VMA incident, he believes strongly in always speaking your mind –  no matter the consequences.

In an off-script event on public television, West announced that George Bush doesn’t care about black people after Hurricane Katrina. Some might see this as immature, dangerous even, but the confidence required to have a personality trait like that is undeniable. With West as President, citizens would never have to wonder about what is going on behind the scenes of the American government.

Kanye is definitely a successful entertaining, but will that translate to politics? Creative Commons License

“Our work is never over.

As anyone can assume, Presidency is not an easy job. Barack Obama’s list of responsibilities and tasks is absolutely endless. Needless to say, it takes an extreme amount of hard-work and dedication to even consider a spot in the White House. Kanye has exhibited on multiple occasions that he has a deep-seated love for music and is not afraid to work hard. He spent his teenage years in a dingy basement studio, paying $25 an hour to record songs on a microphone attached to the ceiling by a clothes hanger – because it was what he loved.

For “My Dark, Beautiful, Twisted Fantasy,” he would rack up 12 hours a day in the recording studio because he knows the amount of sweat it takes to be successful. Who’s to say he can’t redirect that type of commitment toward America?

“I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.”

In the 21st century, the main problems artists face are the risks of either becoming too generic or too predictable. Unlike other artists, Kanye has been able to maintain his gold status ever since he first entered the rap scene in 1996. His creativity keeps him constantly on his feet.

America could benefit from this sort of alternative mindset. The ability to see the world through a different lens is a rare skill to have, and it would definitely be interesting to see how Kanye would incorporate his modernistic talents into leading America.

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“The system(is) broken, the school’s closed, the prison’s open.”

Although Kanye’s skill obviously does not lie in the political field, he is still able to have an in-depth understanding of what is wrong with modern-day America. His lyrics imply that he has a powerful opinion of gun control, especially considering that his hometown of Chicago suffered from 460 gun-related homicides in 2014. He also joined the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 and is a strong opponent of income inequality, despite some condemning him for belonging to the one percent.

One of his most familiar political opinions is about prison reform. In his song “New Slaves,” he raps about the incredible injustice that American prisons are known for and believes that racial discrimination is the outlying reason. He places a high value on education, thanks to his mother being an English professor at Chicago State University.

In 2003, he combined his love for music with his educational values and started the Donda West Foundation, a charity named after his mother that aims to decrease school dropouts  across America through music production programs. Although he doesn’t necessarily possess all the political knowledge to be President, he does seem to have a grasp on where America has gone wrong.

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Kanye loves the spotlight, but when he’s in it for political reasons, will he still shine? Creative Commons license

“I still think I am the greatest”

Kanye’s declaration to run for President has been met with absolute mockery. Without a doubt, he would be a controversial figure, but who’s to say entertainers can’t take be politicians?

There are dozens of entertainers who somehow made the seemingly impossible leap from blockbuster sensations to U.S. politicians, including actors like Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. An innovative mind,  strong work ethic and an intense voice could be a powerful combination for a leader of the U.S.

Consider this, it will be 2020. There is a chance Donald Trump will be holding office and will have raged a full-on war against everyone but rich white men. Maybe at that point, Kanye will be the savior America needs. But the question of Kim Kardashian becoming The First Lady is a whole other discussion.

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