words by Ernest Baker
Innovator. Icon. Genius. President.
Kanye West is the most important cultural figure of the 21st century. With the power vested in us as citizens of the United States of America, we can make him our commander-in-chief.
Mr. West is best known as a virtuoso of music and design, an outspoken savant who challenges traditional notions of celebrity and expression, but what does Kanye West know about politics?
Nothing. And that’s the point.
If there’s anything the current election cycle has taught us, it’s that the electoral process needs serious and urgent reform. Kanye West is the person who can make that reform a reality.
Mr. West has said that he wants to reimagine how presidential campaigns are run in America. His goal is to get rid of the cutthroat element and lead us towards a future where unity and collaboration is the top priority. Read this quote:
“When I run for President, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like, ‘I want to work with you.’ I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation takes away from the main focus: that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.“
Doesn’t that sound like exactly what America needs right now?
This country deserves a candidate with an original perspective, someone who subscribes to a political philosophy built upon an honest, transcendent commitment to the advancement of mankind. It’s our nation’s only hope for a salient, successful future.
That’s why we support Kanye West for President.
It’s time to redefine American politics. It’s time to free ourselves of the constraints of the current system. It’s time to put a rockstar in the White House.
Who says it can’t happen?
After Mr. West revealed that he’s running for President in 2020, the announcement got the attention of President Obama, who was inspired to make light of his own curious rise to office and posed this question: “Do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?“
Obama’s point: Kanye has a chance.
It’s up to us to take him seriously.
There’s a revolution waiting to happen. All Kanye West needs is the opportunity.
“If I had more resources, I could help more people,” Mr. West has been quoted as saying. “I have ideas that can make the human race better.”
What are those ideas?
Mr. West has not yet gone into much detail about how he plans to run the country, but it’s clear that his passion for design plays a key role in his approach to improving humanity.
“This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it’s important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers,” he’s said in regards to his presidential bid. “It’s important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make the best decisions possible. I hate politics. I’m not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I care about human beings.”
Focusing on the truth and human beings is a requirement if we want to save America, if we want to maximize the potential of our citizens.
This country is at a crossroads.
Do we continue to lean on a flawed, dated model and hope for new results? Or do we take action and put someone in office who can radically change our approach to national affairs?
The choice is clear.
By supporting Kanye West, we can shatter the perception of what an American leader is supposed to be. We can make history.
So far, the crux of Mr. West’s campaign, the most illuminating quality of his mission, is his intense determination to be the first president to change the world through artistry.
These are words from a man bent on improving society the only way he knows how:
“We’ve got 100 years here. We’re one race. The human race. One civilization. We’re a blip in the existence of the universe, and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other. That’s my point. I’m shaking talking about it. I feel I can make a difference while I’m here. I feel I can make things better through my skill set. And I’m an artist.”
Imagine an artist making the political decisions that affect your life. Imagine the possibilities when we stop relying on the same type of candidate to answer our questions. The implications are groundbreaking.
If anything, President Kanye West will place more value on our opinions than his own. Instead of posturing as an expert on every issue, he wants to help Americans write their own national narrative, and exert influence over their own lifestyle.
“I would like to sit with engineers and come up with solutions and alternatives for people without opportunity that end up having to go through desperate measures. The way that I collaborate with people, and empower those who I collaborate with, is to look at a different way of problem-solving for the world than a normal political way. I want to ask questions.”
Finally, a candidate more interested in asking than telling.
Mr. West plans to bring the same type of transparency to the way he engages others in presidential debates, a welcome change to a format that sorely needs reinvigoration.
“I’ve already decided that when I’m in debates and don’t know the answer I will say, ‘I’ll get back to you on that,’ and will consult with the top 10 people on the planet. It’s not about me, it’s about we. That’s the purpose.“
Kanye West’s presidential run isn’t about manipulation. It isn’t about self-aggrandizement. It isn’t about being the loudest person in the room.
Kanye West’s presidential run is about listening closely to the needs of the people and working to meet them. It’s about a drastic change in the way American government operates. It’s a new, humanistic approach to fixing our problems, and it’s outrageous enough that it just might work.
Of course, Mr. West knows that you doubt his abilities. He knows that you question his sanity. But he’s ready rise to the occasion, and doesn’t take the effort lightly.
“I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.”
He cites his parents’ educational background as the impetus for his presidential pursuits:
“My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH. I think it’s time. Rap is great. It’s fun. It’s fun to be a rockstar, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child.”
Kanye West has said that he feels “compelled” to run for office and if he can bring even a percentage of his signature vitality to the 2020 election, then America is on the precipice of a remarkable future. Today marks the first step towards a new way of life.
There’s a reason why everything Kanye West says makes headlines. There’s a reason why mobs of thousands show up when there’s a rumor that he’s going to make an appearance on a New York City street. The people are locked into his message. The people are inspired.
Kanye West is the only one who will reverse the 16th century ideals that still dominate the infrastructure of this nation. He’s the only one who can rally the youth to shift the dynamic. He is the vessel through young people get serious about politics and make a change.
It’s an uphill battle, but no risk, no reward. The mainstream media will do everything they can to assassinate his character. All of his rants and all of his lyrics will be scrutinized excessively, but that’s why Kanye West needs us. We are the ones who understand.
“I see the importance and the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life.”
America is built on impossible stories that became true stories. In 2020, let’s do the impossible.
Elect Kanye West for President and find out just how beautiful this life can be.