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What would a Kanye West presidency look like?
Over the weekend, Kanye West did two things. He praised the governance of President-elect Donald Trump, and he reiterated his desire to run for presidency in 2020. Cue the derision. Considering the vast majority of voters failed to take Trump’s run seriously, (and look where that got us,) I’ve decided not to make the same mistake with Kanye. Taking cues exclusively from his lyrics and soundbites, my aim is to answer the burning question: what would a Yeezydency look like?
Will the second coming of Yeezus manifest in political office?
Will he interrupt fair Lady Liberty in order to make that bitch famous?
Mr West, a college dropout from the constituency of “Chi-town”, is fiercely independent, and in media presence he is without peer. His ability to both regale and revile audiences in the same breath is what sets him apart. West seems to be a law-and-order candidate, trumpeting the fissure between black and white, between bouts of trumpeting the value of himself.
Quoted as saying “Wait ’til I get my money right” in 2007, West promises a gradual approach to the economic portfolio. A large deficit could be risked, however, due to his problem with “spending (money) before I get it”, evidenced by his 2016 Ghetto Oprah Legislation, which endeavoured to grant all those in his constituency a fur coat, a private airliner and a sex worker with a generously proportioned derrière.
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Verdict: With the potential to turn the US further into a debtor nation, one might argue that with the money owed to China and elsewhere, a sort of fiscal detente could be achieved, whereupon both countries owe each other money, so thusly, the balance owed is zero.
A definite minus for education walks in Yeezy’s yeezies. He denounced the education system in 2003, claiming one of his school associates “graduated at the top of our class … I went to Cheesecake, he was a motherloving waiter there”. West has also claimed that he already has the PhD he dropped out of college to get: a “pretty huge dick”.
Verdict: Kanye, see me after class. Although, this could be used as an avenue for education reform. The system needs something drastic; total closure would absolutely be that.
Ye was once open to the concept of one true Christian god, which will play well in the bible belt. He has since morphed that into a symbol of his own greatness, a God of his own doing (“Did Moses not part the water with the cane? Did strippers not make an ark when I made it rain? Did Yeezy not get signed by Hov and Dame? And ran to Jacob and made the new Jesus chains [sic]?”)
Verdict: Plays the religion card; also plays well to the hubristic west-coast individual swing-voter set. He could also play well to the atheist set, due to his perceived destruction of organised religion, in favour of the self.
Amazingly, this concept that already taken root, with pop-culture seizing the Yeezus and creating a tome of the man’s teachings. Made in jest? Surely. But as we’ve learned, novelty becomes truth if a candidate repeats it enough. (See: “The wall”, “Chiiiina”, “I never said that,” etc.)
All great candidates need one policy to flip-flop on. For West, it is the topic of race. The candidate has touched on the subject, saying in 2004, “Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it”, before contemporising his views in 2015, telling Clique TV: “I wouldn’t call it racism… [it’s] a form of discrimination, or bigotry. Racism is a dated concept … a silly concept that people touch on to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything. It’s stupid. It’s like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats, when you don’t feel like playing with a cat. Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, anything other than that it bounces. That’s racism.” Last week, he pushed his manifesto further, stating:
— albertoreyes (@albertoreyes) 18 November 2016
Verdict: Superb political nous. I have no idea what is going on.
Mr West plays fast and loose with the assumed construct of what marriage is, and has stated his belief in the elastic nature of marriage on several occasions. In 2005 he espoused the value of a partner in favour of their background, quoted as saying, “I don’t care what none of y’all say I still love her”. Yeezy is a man of his word, and his union to Kim Kardashian West is no better example of his proclamations. “My girl a superstar all from a home movie,” he says of the possible-future-First Lady. “Bow on our arrival the un-American Idols.”
Verdict: Absolute plus. The people will be heard, through himself.
Party politics versus the public persona
Hard to figure. Post-Katrina, Ye (standing beside an electrified Mike Myers) said that Republican President “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”. However, his recent support of GOP President-elect Trump has had a negative backlash – even leading some to quote him as saying “I hope they build the wall”, in reference to one of Trump’s more contentious agendas.
Verdict: As for playing the party game, unsure. Could be too polarising for a meaningful run. Although, it has worked before (*cough* Donald). As it was for the Don, it is for the Ye, as the slogans could push him further in front of the public eye. His aphorisms are ambitious, covered in optimism. For those looking for an icon to follow, why not the man who states:
Moreover, Kanye said over the weekend that he would have voted for Donald, if he had voted. Pending the landscape in 2020, if we’re still looking for an outsider figure to remove an outsider figure, why not Kanye?