Is Kanye West serious about running for president? Who knows? But it doesn’t matter. Because he might be just what this country needs. Our two-party system has failed us repeatedly by presenting us with two equally unpalatable candidates and demanding that we choose between them.
That’s why it may not matter whether or not Kanye West can actually win. What we really need is a symbol of rebellion — not the kind that sweeps down the boulevards burning and looting, but the kind that demands we reclaim the noble process the Framers created for us to take back our country from extremists and opportunists — otherwise known as career politicians.
King Solomon says, Diverge neither to the right nor to the left, and restrain your foot from evil.
Partisan tribalism inevitably turns political idealism into dogma and demagoguery. It takes courage to speak up against factionalism, especially when you know that both factions will instantaneously join forces to silence you.
When the moment arrives, the right leader with the right voice can capture the imaginations of reasonable people and inspire them to reject party lines and choose a third way. But only if the people want to be inspired. And only if enough of them have the courage to stand together.
When that moment comes, which side will you be on?