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Am I imagining that Oprah Winfrey launched her presidential campaign last night at the Golden Globes Awards? Well, why not? Unlike the Golden Golem of Greatness, skulking fiery and furious in his lonesome White House tweet chamber, Americans of all identity persuasions love Oprah. Unlike the president, who attained “stable [for now] genius” status without ever reading a book, Oprah displays real curiosity about this vexing and wondrous world, and an eagerness to engage with it. Unlike the maestro of the janky Trump brand, with his penchant for serial bankruptcy and stiffing the help, Oprah appears capable of running a business empire.

Let’s face it: the Democratic Party has no other figure of gravitas on the bench. Everybody trusts Oprah, probably even more than the erstwhile Barack Obama, with his dogged allegiance to Wall Street and his fifty percent taint of innate white male cis-hetero patriarchical depravity. Oprah might be the Democratic Party’s last best hope before it collapses into the mausoleum of US political history, where the Whigs, Free Soilers, and Anti-Federalists lie a’moldering.

Politics in this land has failed in its effort to become show business, while show business is succeeding wildly in its attempt to replace politics. All Washington can produce these days is a succession of tedious irresolvable soap operas. Hollywood is enacting a grand moral drama of clear-cut heroines and villains, victims and oppressors, sticking to archetypal story-line of our lifetime: the campaign for freedom, equality, and decency. Show business loves the desert sunshine; politics is mired in the Potomac swamp. Oprah even has better hair than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Oprah herself is an object lesson in the social and political themes that America dares not talk about: a person of humble origins who succeeded wildly in American life by signing onto a once-sturdy and now-fading common culture. In fact, Oprah probably embodies all that remains of American common culture, and the multitudes adore her for it. They are reassured to know that the binding verities still exist. She moves in a realm where blackness and whiteness are emphatically irrelevant — which is surely a relief to people of good will who are sick of race-hustling from all quarters. Though she has credibly acted plenty of sharecropper roles in the movies, Oprah speaks English beautifully and doesn’t apologize for moving up from the ghetto patois of her rough childhood. She may not write all her own material — such as Sunday’s Golden Globes speech that may live on like MLK’s I Have a Dream oration — but she delivers her message with conviction. And who knows, maybe she did compose all or part of it.

One upshot of this is that Oprah might be capable of squaring the circle of America’s black-white racial quandary, which Mr. Obama could not accomplish: namely, restoring the idea that we have more in common as countrymen (countrypersons?) than the artificial barriers of the cultural Marxists falsely insinuate; that skin color, ethnic origin, religious order, and gender do not define adequately what we can be in the world, and maybe we would be better off putting those things aside and just work earnestly to bring out the best in ourselves without excuses..

This country is dying to put its house order. I daresay this is true of the great majority including the immiserated flyover folks who got snookered by Mr. Trump, and the big city hipsters who are coming into their years of power in the awful dimming of American prospects, and maybe even some of the suits in the corporate C-suits who still possess tattered memories of high school civics. I’m not promoting Oprah for president, but just you watch: somebody will. It is going to happen. The country faces enormous problems and predicaments, and the one-man soap opera at the center of it all is doing nothing but sucking all of the oxygen out of the room, leaving everybody else to choke and strangle.


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James Howard Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. His nonfiction book, "The Long Emergency," describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.
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" identity persuasions" ?wtf! if i dont identify do i exist? really jimmie stf down boy. relax. breathe.
"Everybody trusts Oprah" thats inane. so absurd as to entertain. breathe jimmie. in and out in and
"probably even more than the erstwhile Barack Obama," damnit boy! your killin me! please please
"One upshot of this is that Oprah might be capable of squaring the circle of America’s black-white racial quandary, which Mr. Obama could not accomplish:" hey jim his goal was to further divide. to help set up the planned civil racial economic mayhem that was to come as echoed in atfifa etc these pricks are so stupid that they really thought that we were clingers and deplorables. and you did too
" immiserated flyover folks who got snookered by Mr. Trump." lol wow how pathetic we are. why dont you crawl into your sparkycar and take a drive out here on the blue roads. we aint all that dull.
" I’m not promoting Oprah for president, but just you watch: somebody will." kill all white people.
"is doing nothing but sucking all of the oxygen out of the room, leaving everybody else to choke and strangle."" choke and strangle" jimmy where were you thursday last at nine-thirty PM? choke and strangle? really? or wine?

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Everybody assumes that Oprah would be a Democratic candidate, why? She may share their views on many things, but I bet she has conservative views on many things as well. Why should she associate herself with the DNC, after the way they treated their own. No integrity in that organization, they'll stab you in the back while smiling to your face if it suites their current political agenda. Oh, wait, isn't that the working definition of a professional politician?

The problem that many, especially the media, have with Trump is that he'll slap you in the face. He speaks his mind, badly IMO, but you know what's really on his mind. Then he does a most non-political thing, he tries to do what he said he would. How un-Presidential is that?
I don't agree with a lot of the things Trump is trying to accomplish, and didn't vote for him. However, I admire him for his integrity. He's trying to do what he said he would do, and that is really pi$$ing people off.

I think Oprah would have many of these same problems because she has integrity. However, I think she would try harder to please everybody, and thus end up ineffective. Though a lot nicer to be around.
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Another deep, thought-out article that hits it on the head. Oprah will need a lot of convincing, however, to jump in to save the American psyche. Today she again refused any attempt to run for the office. So the Democrats will have to scratch around for another of decent character. Although that WH bar is currently so low that a crack dealer would be rated above it.
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Mr. Kunstler neglects to mention Oprah's formerly buddy buddy relationship with Harvey Weinstein. Like Meryl Streep I guess Oprah had no clue about the serial rapist and predator.
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Everybody assumes that Oprah would be a Democratic candidate, why? She may share their views on many things, but I bet she has conservative views on many things as well. Why should she associate herself with the DNC, after the way they treated their own  Read more
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