Opinion: A One Step Plan to Keep Rappers Out of Office
Let’s talk about Cardi B. I want to preface this by saying that I don’t typically talk much about rappers or encourage others to do so, but in this case, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, has crossed into this journalists’ lane.
Cardi’s American dream story of coming from humble roots making it to international fame is heartwarming, in a bazar and unsettling way, but she’s a reminder of the importance of freedom.
What is even more unsettling, however, is that she has now made political alignments that would burn the bridge by which she found success. Don’t believe me? Let me demonstrate with a story:
Once upon a time, two millionaires with a combined estimated net worth of more than $10 million dollars, met at a swanky Detroit, Michigan nail salon to talk about how terrible economic inequality is in America today.
The quaint conversation between international superstar and rapper, Cardi B, and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spanned the bulk of the controversial issues in America today, including racism, minimum wage, illegal immigration, and higher education.
While the compelling conversation between Sanders and the pop icon might have made for a great campaign clip for Sanders, not so very long ago the outspoken rapper was complaining about her current tax rate (which is something Sanders has plans to greatly increase) on Twitter, questioning where her tax money was going:
In what can only be described as an even more disturbing turn of events, Cardi is now considering a run for office, according to a recent social media rant:
“I do feel like if I go back to school and focus up I can be part of Congress.I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense.I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table.”
The verified "People for Bernie" Twitter account replied to Cardi with a very Bernie-esque campaign logo:
While the idea of a stripper-turned rapper-turned congressional candidate is enough to make a good Christian fight the urge to use the language Cardi uses in her videos, the much scarier proposition is whether or not Americans are misguided enough to vote for her.
Vermont has voted in Sanders over and over, despite his double standards on economics; New York voted in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez despite her blatant lack of understanding of the law and we, as a nation, very nearly voted in Hillary Clinton and her mountain of suspected wrongdoing to the highest office in the land.
So, what keeps us from electing (even more) morons? I’m glad you asked. I read a meme not too long ago that demonstrated this concept. It said, “Taco Bell is voted the nation’s best Mexican restaurant in America … This is why we have the Electoral College.”
As someone who greatly admires the Founding Fathers and all they did to ensure the prosperity of this nation, I can honestly say that I believe the Electoral College might be one of the most inspired decisions they made.
I could go into depth and explain how this method of elections ensure the prosperity of every industry in the country. I could also point out the magnetic pull of the coasts, and what that means for the blue-collar workers from the "flyover states" who supply us with crops for our kitchens and steel for our cars and oil for just about everything else.
But the primary thing the Electoral College means to you is that it’s a protection against those who are easily swayed with flimsy logic. It keeps those who love to speak out of turn from running over those who are educated a subject.
It’s your grandmother keeping your least favorite aunt from turning Thanksgiving dinner into a vegan “feast” despite those she’s pressured into submission. In short, it’s assurance that the inmates won’t run the asylum.
So, the next time you hear someone trash-talking the Electoral College, picture a former stripper who calls the police “pigs” and publicly threatens to beat political commentators to a pulp gracing the oval office, and thank your lucky stars that the founders had the sense to save us from our collective selves.
“Be careful when you follow the masses. Sometimes the m is silent.” - Unknown