The political status quo deserves to be mocked. For a long time, I believed that “Gulliver’s Travels” did it best. A few weeks ago, I saw a man that changed my mind.
When I first saw Vermin Supreme on TV, he was sporting a boot on his head, claiming zombies on treadmills as green energy production as a major platform of his presidential campaign and to finish off his elaborate showing, he threw glitter onto another nominee.
I was blown away.
The singing, the dancing and the whimsical platforms, but above all else I was impressed by how great of a speaker he was. It was hands down one of the best written speeches I have ever heard.
Supreme’s serious criticisms of today’s political atmosphere were almost disguised by the glitter and crazed promises.
“I’m a friendly fascist, a tyrant you can trust and you should let me run your life because I know what is best for you,” Supreme said in his opening address. “Yes, I’m a politician, and I will promise you anything your electoral heart desires because you are my constituents – you are the informed voting public – and because I have no intention of keeping any promise that I make.”
Does any of that sound familiar? Almost every critic of today’s political fiasco cites politicians that only care about getting elected.
These critics aren’t on the front lines. They critique on behalf of a publication, for personal enjoyment or to inform fellow voters. They are advocating change without taking action themselves.
Vermin Supreme is out on the front lines living his message. Some of you have probably heard of Vermin before this blog. A lot of you probably laughed at his pony platform. A few of you might have considered giving Vermin your vote.
Vermin Supreme won’t be getting my vote, but he has earned something that I think is almost as important. Vermin Supreme has earned my respect as a political analyst. He isn’t crazy. He doesn’t need to visit a psychiatric ward or be checked in to a home for losing sight of how our society functions. I could see him having a segment on a cable network, satirizing politics today.
Give Vermin a microphone, plop him in front of a camera and listen up. It is where he belongs.