Opinion

Will we elect a robot president before a woman?

We almost had a woman president. But we didn’t. The question is if Hillary Clinton’s failed candidacy set back future women candidates’ chances or not.

I would suggest it didn’t. After witnessing (some) of President Trump’s self-aggrandizing over the past several months, I’ve easily come to the conclusion that while Hillary fell short, it does not mean another man, woman (or something else) wouldn’t stand as good or better of a chance against Trump in 2020.

The problem we have, strategically-speaking, is the futile amount of energy being expended to remove President Trump from office, rather than identifying a fresh candidate that could best him in the next presidential election.

It’s pretty easy for me to suggest someone to Democrats, too. Based on the effective Republican long shot that was Trump, Democratic leadership should seriously consider another Washington outsider and non-politician as their go-to candidate. Someone that isn’t a life-long politician would more easily be able to accept the baton from Trump, too, rather than the likes of anyone currently holding office for the Democrats.

People outside of the population meccas of New York and California dream of the kind of change that can result from those who are 1) good leaders; 2) of sound intellect; and 3) beyond the influence of Washington insiders.

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillar...

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you re-read the preceding statement, it echoes sadness and impossibility. This melancholy mantra has its origins in the implausibility of finding such a person in the first place. The one of three attributes I identified for a successful candidate that I fear not being met most often is the one that speaks to overall intelligence: number two, too (I just said tutu and intimated number two is very important—in and out of politics).

Think about it. I’m asking if there is someone out there who can provide unprecedented leadership as president during unprecedentedly turbulent times. Leaders are made after demonstrating ability to function at high levels during crises.

But what if there existed someone (or something?) that could consistently demonstrate appropriate behavior, not get rattled and make decisions based on the best possible chances for positive outcomes and success?

If you think about this question, I do not believe such a person has, or ever will, be born. And if it sounds increasingly as if I’m describing the behavior of a robot, you’d have hit pay dirt.

Accordingly, I give to you the top ten reasons a robot should be our next president of the United States:

  • There really aren’t enough robots currently existing that a robot president could serve. So, when a robot says they will serve the will of the American people, you can believe them (which brings me to number two…again):
  • A robot president would be programmed to be incapable of lying. If you can’t ever lie, you are instantly smarter than any person (who is capable of lying)—because liars eventually get caught in their lies–which looks, well, pretty stupid.
  • A robot would not need to use Twitter to Tweet. It could get the word out by holding its own pressers. This would save the American taxpayers lots of money, too, because not needing a staff of people to say what it is the president just said at any given time, would be, well, astounding, satisfying and refreshing—all at the same time.
  • Any campaign slogan a robot would come up with would be backed by fact (and rhetoric for comic relief, if it so chooses). Its database would contain all of American history at its disposal, too, so fact checkers would be obsolete and out of work.
  • A robot would be best equipped to answer questions from reporters about the effects of automation on the global economy. People, bless them, as much as they prepare for any given speech and related question and answer session afterwards, never are able to account for every possibility content-wise, during a Q&A. Robots would have no such difficulties.
  • A robot would be able to identify multiple sources of common ground between opposing political factions at instantaneous speeds. The ability to find and implement compromises agreeable to both sides of an issue would create problem-solving capabilities the civilized world could only dream of beforehand.
  • A robot would not display the negative behavior ravages manifesting from sleep deprivation.
  • A robot would make the pronoun “it” very popular. #it could trend on Twitter and other social media. At its greatest heights, it [sic] could increase the potential to eliminate bias entirely by unleashing the first gender-free-neutrality-in-governing and legislation platform.
  • A robot is free of ego. As such, it seeks to further no personal agenda. The only thing the robot would be concerned with is improving the welfare and well-being of all of the citizens of the United States.

And finally:

  • Compared to the facial contortions and awkward pauses we endure from politicians now, a robot would have the ability to look cool all of the time it governs. By making things look not so difficult and exuding confidence while not self-promoting, the robot could bring the country together again.

A robot president provides the best chance to move the country forward again. And the swamp would not need to be drained as the robot could help develop it into an oasis instead.

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