On the 30th of August, at the 2015 MTV video music awards, time stood still. All that existed was one spliff, one man, and one speech. And when time began again, we had a 2020 presidential candidate – Mr Kanye West.
Since announcing his intention to run for President, Kanye has either been met with ridicule or outright dismissal. And to those guilty of either, I have something to say to you. You should be ashamed. You elected Bush twice. You elected Obama twice. Some of you are even supporting Donald Trump! But you can’t extend Kanye the courtesy of considering his candidacy with an open mind? Forget momentarily the Kanye we know, and envision the Kanye he could be. Here is a man with a dream, and here are five reasons why Mr. West would make a great President.
He stands up for what he believes in.
When people talk about Kanye’s 2009 VMAs outburst, they focus entirely on the impertinence of his behaviour; and rightfully so. As another artist, it was wrong of him to storm the stage. But now, as a potential presidential candidate, one may view the act as auspicious. Taylor had only just begun her speech before Kanye took to the stage and stole the mic. Rude for a musician, decisive for a president. Let’s take another incident – this year’s Grammys. We all experienced a feeling of déjà vu when he stormed the stage after Beck won best album of the year; but he left before saying anything. What does that show? Progress. Betterment of character. Yes, he did attack Beck on E! Networks after show, but look at the positives of that decision. Firstly, he is aware that there is a time and a place for everything. Secondly, he does not back down; and finally, his attack was focused more on the Grammys than on Beck. He knows who the real enemy is, and he refuses to ‘play’ with an event that is disrespectful to inspiration, that diminishes art, and that does not respect the craft. Tell me, does that sound like a bad guy? Sounds to me like a leader with a good heart.
He is a great orator.
I want you to ask yourself something. When you listen, watch, or read about Kanye, does it provoke a reaction in you? Does he touch a nerve? Tug at a heartstring? Make your blood boil? Open your eyes? Say what you will about him, but when he talks, you’re captivated. He’s like the pied piper of ears. And this pied piper is an original. The impassioned rants and memorable quotes are all Kanye. Straight from the mind to the mouth of the man. No filtering in-between. Wait… I’m meant to be advocating his candidacy. His ‘I’m not going to think before I speak’ attitude is not necessarily a bad thing. It is the greatest evidence that he means what he says and he says what he means. Imagine a president that did not renege on their campaign promises. It seems too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. Even Kanye’s fiercest critics cannot deny that he would never lie to win votes. If you’re still unconvinced, here is an example of his genius; “We got this new thing called classism. It’s racism’s cousin. This is what we do to hold people back. This is what we do. And we got this other thing that’s also been working for a long time when you don’t have to be racist anymore. It’s called self-hate. It works on itself. It’s like real estate of racism”. Kanye West – Master of language.
He ain’t no politician, bruh!
It is said that only those who do not wish for political power can be trusted with it. Kanye does not want power over the people; he wants power for the people. He doesn’t want to rule the country; he wants to change the country. In a speech at the Harvard School of Design, he told the students “I believe that utopia is actually possible – but we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest and most political. So in no way am I a politician. I’m usually at my best politically incorrect and very direct”. Change politically incorrect for honest, swap direct for no-nonsense, and you have two very good traits for a president. Instead of reacting to Kanye like a slap in the face, think of him as jumping into a pool – initially shocking but ultimately refreshing. Now, with that new mind-set, listen to his music. His songs mean something. ‘New Slaves’ addresses America’s expanding private prison system and the superficial psychological form of slavery. ‘Heard ‘em say’ is about being true to oneself in a fake world. ‘Crack Music’ talks about the devastating impact of crack cocaine in society, and compares the epidemic to America’s addiction to hip-hop. Ignore the crude language and the odd lyrics, and listen to a man who has something important to say. You might find you agree.
No challenge is too great for him.
If you want to know what Kanye would be like as a president, just look at his relationship with Kim. Kanye first developed feelings for Kim in 2006 – six years before they actually started dating. There was an instant spark, but he did not pursue her because they were both in relationships. Loyal. Over the years, he never fell out of love with her. Devoted. Then, in 2011, Kim and Kris got divorced. She expected Kanye to call her as soon as he knew that she was single again, but he didn’t. So she called him. Astute. A little over two years later, they were married and had a baby. Gets the job done (for lack of a better phrase). Now, let me paint you a political picture. A situation arises, but it is not the correct time to handle it. So Kanye patiently waits, all the while bearing it in mind and forecasting a future with it. When the opportunity presents itself to move forward, Kanye allows the other party to take the first step, and therefore puts himself in a position of power. Once things are in motion, the necessary events are executed swiftly and expertly. And we are all one big happy family.
He’s Kanye West! KANYE WEST.
There are over seven billion people in the world and not one of them is perfect. There is good and bad in all of us, and we each have two choices to make. Which side do we give power to and which side do we choose to see in other people? Kayne has unflattering characteristics, but he is not a bad person. Beneath the eccentric exterior is a man with a big heart. In a speech at the Oxford University Museum of Natural history he told the audience, “All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people. And I am so fucking serious about this concept that I will stand in front of anyone and fight it”. In his speech at this year’s VMAs he said he would die for what he believes in. And I believe him. Yes, Kanye’s made mistakes; but he’s learnt from them – kind of… we’re getting there. When Entertainment Weekly writer Chris Wilson gave Kanye’s Glow in the Dark tour a B+, do you know what Kanye said? “What’s a B+ mean? I’m an extremist. It’s either pass or fail! A+ of F-“. Don’t fail him before you’ve even given him a chance. President West may just be an A+.