Oprah gives a great speech at an award show, and suddenly she is ready to be president of the United States. President Oprah is not the answer to neither the country's dysfunction or its systemic economic problems and here is why.
Oprah would just be another billionaire or celebrity leading a country where the wards of the plutocracy would have their technocrats roll her. Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Donald Trump were all rolled. President Obama while suffering some of the same circumstances, understood the plutocracy and played it the best he could under dire circumstances.
It is doubtful that Oprah understands the systemic failure of our economic system. After all, it has allowed her to amass several billion dollars.
An economic system in which a marginal effort or idea relative to others and implemented by others can create such a disparity in income and wealth is a failure. Would president Oprah sign a bill that restructures out economy to redistribute ill-gotten gains? She likely would not.
Bill Gates is a good guy. He is giving away most of his wealth. But the reality is that within our current economic system Gates got it legally. Notice I said he got it. Bill did not earn it. The hundreds of thousands of workers that built Microsoft's products did. Bill Gates extreme wealth is the potential income and appreciation not given to those workers for their successfully implementing Gate's idea which in fact was never his initially.
The same applies to Oprah. Many subordinates cooperatively worked with her to make her the success she is. Is she worth that much more than her researchers, analysts, designers, and others who helped her along? Not. The same applies to Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, and any billionaire and super millionaire.
The economic problem in America is systemic. First, it requires the dis-indoctrination of Americans who believe our system is divine. It is not. It is humanmade designed to enrich a few and maintain a pecking order that allows a type of benign slavery.
Second, we must elect informed Congresspeople and Senators who are willing to buck the system. They will face many headwinds. After all, the implementation of the Powell Manifesto has caused a near total indoctrination of many Americans and the political class.
Third, we must elect a president that is different from everyone we have chosen so far. We need a charismatic person who understands economic system and their inner workings to ensure that the wards of the plutocracy are unable to snow him into policies that maintain the status quo.
This post isn't about wealth or income envy. It is about asserting the worth of every American. It is about every American getting we-the-people's fair share of our entire economy. It is about realizing that the wealthy owe us all.
Also published on Medium.