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Leadership shouldn’t be sensationalized

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The Internet has exploded time and time again over a celebrity coming out saying they will run for president. But, why are these people praised like they are the solution to all the problems, especially post-Trump? If anything, people should be learning that celebrities are not the best suited for one of the highest responsibility jobs in the United States.

For any other job, society wants people with experience working in their position. For example, a normal person would not be hired to work as a hospital nurse if the only experience he or she has  had is binge-watching  some hospital drama series on Netflix. The president is one of the most respected people in the country, holding more than a tiny piece of the ability to change everything in our lives.

Our most recent celebrity president is Donald Trump, and he had done nothing in government before his presidency. It is honestly kind of terrifying to just watch Trump live his daily life on Twitter. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump have been bickering back and forth, threats being tossed around like they are nothing; but in reality, they are talking about the possible end of the world.

In Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s Day address, he states, “The US mainland is within the range of our nuclear strike and the nuclear button is put on the desk in my office at all times. They should clearly understand that this is never a threat, but a reality.” In response, Trump in a totally-not-like-a-middle-schooler way tweeted, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘nuclear button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

When was it decided that the president, or anyone else for that matter, can threaten nuclear war like someone watching a playground roast fest? This generation should not be growing up wondering what they would do if suddenly the alarms went off and their lives got shut down.

Looking towards the next election, the choices should not be who has the biggest Twitter following, it should be the person most highly qualified to represent the people and their choices. Our future is dependent on people making educated decisions.

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