Why I’m Voting For Jed Bartlet for President
I never discuss politics on social media. In this political climate, no matter what your political affiliation the wrath of Satan will come at you from the other side. There is no civil discourse and I find it incredibly disheartening and tragic that we as Americans can’t simply have an opinion and not be sought out for pain and suffering for our beliefs.
However, this election I have decided to take a stand. I will be casting my vote for Josiah (Jed) Bartlet and I’m praying he once again picks Tim Matheson for his Veep. Any guy who could handle the guys in Animal House should be able to handle Congress. Well maybe.
Watching the West Wing reruns, which I do regularly, makes me long for the good old days when politicians hated one another, but were polite when they stuck the knives in someone’s back.
There have been times lately when I truly believe America will be totally fine in their battle against the coronavirus because the toxic atmosphere of politics today will take down the virus. No match.
People are so angry and aggressive we have become a nation of pitbulls and there seems to be no limit to the mean. Racism and anti- Semitism are fair game and hate has become an overt pastime that comes with no price to pay.
Friendships, family relationships and businesses have all felt the wrath of this new normal.
Jed Bartlet is the only man who can calm the waters and restore peace.
No one would dare call C.J. Craig fat at a White House press dinner.
Who could ever accuse Josh Lyman, Toby Zeigler or Sam Seaborn of inappropriate behavior? Leo McGarry was even coerced by Jed to hire a Republican, Ainsley Hayes in the White House.
Could you ever see that happening today?
Okay I know, you’re thinking Norma, hello, this wasn’t real life. The West Wing was a television program so you need to come back to reality. Politicians like Bartlet don’t really exist and never could.
I know I know, I’m very well aware of what politicians are, probably more than most since I’m a journalist and possess the anti-politician gene.
I’m dog they are cat, born to be at odds. I get it.
So here is my solution. Since Jed was created by genius Aaron Sorkin, perhaps he should run.
In West Wingland life was good, people were human and the politics were admirable. Crises were averted without name calling and shaming one another.
Since Sorkin imagined this political utopia let’s give him a shot at bringing it into the real world.
So Mr. S, I’m throwing your hat into the political ring whether or not you care to be there.
America needs you and it’s your duty to serve your country. To paraphrase a line from one of the episodes, “we’ve all been down that hole now and you know the way out.”
I’m volunteering to be your press secretary and Matheson for your vice president. Look out Congress the Belushi tamer is coming your way.
Sure I’m kidding, sort of, well maybe kinda, but the point is life imitates art or vice versa. In these times of anger, pure mean and contempt toward one another, perhaps this is the solution.
I for one can think of no other so I’ll throw my hands in the air and shout Bartlet’s campaign slogan, “Make America Nice Again.”
Stay healthy everyone and take heart, if you run out of toilet paper you can always use your ballot for the upcoming election.