Who In His or Her Right Mind ...

Who In His or Her Right Mind ...

When you stop and realize what a terrible job it really is, you have to think deeply about why anyone would want it. If you think for a minute about the huge weight of the office, the incessant attention to anything and everything you say, the boring, agenda laden people around you, the supplicant donors, the media who would sit with you in the bathroom if allowed, the constant visits by heads of state, all the daily ceremonies celebrating anything and everything, one has to have a super sized ego or a deep down and massive inferiority complex to do this to him or herself.

And, really, the job of President is largely working with members of Congress who are as dumb as coal and interested in little more than padding their own pockets. They too made a deal with the devil for riches and status.

And, still worse, you have the responsibility of the world and all of the fast moving trauma and dangers associated with whims by other world leaders and actions by terrorists groups. In fact, you literally have singular responsibility, in the best case scenario, for solving or keeping the world from stupid but devastating wars and, even more, protecting the country and the world from nuclear catastrophe.

And, in the 21st Century, it is worse and more scary than ever before. Now, we have to live with the possibilities, however frightening, of the President of the US setting off a cascading set of disasters leading to the end of civilization as we know it.

It’s really more than any sane person would want or do. And, as such, it is unfair to complain about anyone who is stupid enough to go for it.

Hillary was driven by a blind desire to bask in the power of it all, too stupid to realize how much things had changed, even since Bill. And, the only Republican left standing was equally driven by a fierce inner drive to be on top, and equally unaware of the huge dangers and inhuman responsibilities of the office.

Being President of the United States today is far different from what it was in years gone by. It is a job like no other, and not a very attractive one at that.

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to bank transparency and the climate crisis. Since co-founding BestCashCow in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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