Ye, the artist who was once known as Kanye West is still indicating a run for president in 2024. While I am interested in his platform, I also recognize that he is not the best candidate for the nomination and has personality flaws. While the GOP is waiting for the 2024 playing field, it should not react to every candidate who throws their hat into the ring. This will lead Republicans to fight over figures, but the battle of ideas should be the main focus. While it will all end, there is an opportunity.
Ye was once described to me recently as an iconoclast. This is a person who attacks beloved beliefs or institutions. His recent anti-Semitic remarks must be addressed. Although we can make controversial statements in a secular society, those articles are not my opinion.
He challenges dogma and political correctness. This is not a new concept. Ye has a discography in which he has spoken out about taboos. But, nobody noticed because hip-hop is all about freedom. Ye is quite tame in urban pop culture. Two gospel albums have been released by him, both of which won praise and awards. Kanye’s message is never too important for hip-hop fans. Ye is an important part of any conversation about the people who have influenced the modern music genre. In these circles, he has been considered a creative genius. He wrote the rules for hip-hop and he samples in new ways. He’s an iconoclast.
This is not a pitch for a campaign (I don’t know what message Ye will be promoting), but to help people who haven’t followed Ye’s music career understand what they already know about him. His music career was groundbreaking and he released album after album of albums with their own significance. His messages are still resonating today.
Ye is not a wise man to claim that he doesn’t have something to say to a generation who grew up listening to his voice from the day we first bought CDs. Ye is a cultural pulse and platform, even though politics can be found downstream of culture.
Inspiration is the key to success in forever-Trumpers’, never-Trumpers’, and sometimes-Trumpers’ battles for the nomination.
I have a video that is rent-free. When Elon Musk is asked about his inspirations, he replies, “Well, Kanye West obviously.” The crowd laughs because of Musk’s perfect timing.
— Accelerateplus (@AccelerateTV) July 25, 2018
However, I doubt Musk was laughing at all. Musk might appreciate the art, especially considering his relationship with Grimes, the musician with whom he has kids.
Elon Musk is a rational person. I am a rational person if you read the Mars mission as “rational”. But I also believe in the inspiration and can accomplish anything we set our minds to. You can also be creative.
How did Ye go from being a poor kid in Chicago to becoming a producer to a musician revolutionary to raising a family with Kim Kardashian to becoming a presidential candidate? These same things fuel him. Belief in the possibility of success.
Will Musk get to Mars? Will Ye be in Oval Office? It doesn’t matter what if they don’t. They will inspire others and they will help them realize their dreams.
This is to warn you not to misread opportunities. GOP wants to share its values with younger people and minorities. They want to know why the Democratic Party is so strong in the black community. Kanye, a man like him shows up to disrupt the status quo. The knee-jerk response is to run them off. This is the worst thing for the GOP.
While the faces of the party may change, the inspiration doesn’t. People who were part of the Ron Paul Revolution often come to my attention. The Bernie Sanders party took over Nevada’s Democratic State Party. They currently lead the party. Just a few weeks ago, the Andrew Yang Gang voted in a ballot measure that would have allowed Nevada to move towards open primaries and ranked-choice voting. None of these candidates were nominated for the presidency. However, the people they inspired remain active in the field and continue to do the work.
The Ye Youngsters, who are diverse and ready to push the party forward, will be welcomed. Let the red carpet roll. After you have sung the National Anthem, get out your red carpet. Ask them to describe the policy that they want to see in their local party platform. You can train them.
As awkward as the label might sound, when I look around a Republican event room, there are many peers of my age. However, I mostly see people who won’t be around for a decade. I also see retired people. I was criticized by an older party member in a recent party history squabble. The person who was being criticized died shortly afterward. That was how it happened.
If you don’t include others, you will be making your own bed. Get to know them. Find out what you can agree on. Encourage them to grow and learn from each other. You will be stronger together than you are with them. It’s a wonderful day when a gospel-singing hip-hop artist comes to the party to rock it. And, it’s a beautiful tomorrow when the next generation gets inspired to come out.