Actors, athletes, journalists and even former beauty queens are feeling qualified to run for public office.
And have been for years.
They are good speakers. They can remember lines they are fed. They can appear sincere.
We used to expect our political leaders would have gone to law school, studied political science or languages, maybe history or sociology; geology was Colin Powell's major. We seem to have gotten used to the actors, such as Ronald Reagan, Arnold (aka Conan the Barbarian) Schwarzenegger, and Cher's husband, Sonny Bono in public office. Clint Eastwood, a brilliant movie director, was also compelled to run for elected office and won. For a list click here.
(This guy presumes that some of these folks, including artists, are also crazy!)
Crazy never stopped anyone...depends on HOW crazy!
I say: Where are the visual artists-politicians?
Many of us have college educations. I went to schools that have produced presidents and Supreme Court justices!
Artists use the other side of the brain that a lot of non-artists seem to use less. I say artists need to step up and start serving the country, state, county, city or neighborhood by holding elected office!
We artists have always been the ones to spread political news through our paintings, murals, posters and cartoons. We protest wars, as you see on left. We recognize and protest the bad behavior of the folks running things in our city halls, governor's mansions and the White House. We are interested in foreign issues, too!
I think it's time we held political office!