‘Run the Rock 2020’ Campaign Counting on Citizenship Malpractice
“A campaign committee has formally filed to draft actor and former WWE wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for president,” The Hill reported Monday. “’Run the Rock 2020,’ the name of the official organization, was filed on behalf of Johnson with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Sunday, according to FEC records.”
The performer has joked about running for president on Saturday Night Live and even hinted in a GQ Magazine interview that he might consider it, but there is no indication he has sanctioned this effort filed by a West Virginia man with no known connections to the celebrity.
There’s also no indication on where Johnson stands, constitutionally and politically. He describes himself as an “Independent,” which makes calculated sense if the goal is to draw as large an audience and alienate as few as possible. Addressing both the Republican and Democrat conventions in 2000 shows a business eye to playing both ends against the middle, but does not speak to “rock solid” convictions.
Still, that tells us nothing about what Johnson believes, what he would advance and what he would impose controls over if given the power to do so.
Where does he stand on the right to keep and bear arms? How about on cultural terraforming, which can enable all kinds of citizen disarmament via an electorate that will empower legislators to enact infringements, and ensure court appointments that will uphold them?
What about the oath?
His call for “a commitment to diversity, inclusion, community, open-mindedness” makes it fair to wonder if he means the same thing by that as Obama meant by “fundamental transformation.”
Conversely, there’s plenty of indication on where Kenton Tilford, the person behind the FEC filing, stands. Per his reported LinkedIn profile, he’s a “progressive” apparatchik, having worked on several Democrat campaigns as well having been a field organizer for Obama for America.
That may not matter, as the campaign is unsanctioned by Johnson and may just be a way for Tilford to gain professional attention as an organizer who can attract publicity. And that’s something the media is more than happy to accommodate him with, as a Google News search for the terms “The Rock” + president yields innumerable returns, many about the campaign he reigstered.
The wishful thinking on the part of “progressives” (like odious, publicity-seeking Michael Moore) who viscerally hate Donald Trump (and his platform supporters) and would vote for anyone, anything (even a rock!) to replace him is strong. And there’s desperation that the Democrat party can’t come up with an acceptable standard bearer, what with Hillary still making noises on behalf of the establishment, while the younger blood demands a radical that just won’t play outside of the most left-leaning strongholds.
Forgetting all of that – and the real concern – are the numbers of Americans commenting under articles and on social media posts enthusiastically urging Johnson to run.
How could anyone do so without good indications of where the man stands, and importantly, what he understands about the Constitution? Americans willing to hand over near total power based on being fans of a movie star no doubt have opinions, and those opinions are again no doubt utterly uninformed (not to mention in the case of some delusional fans, demonstrably insane).
That spits on the memory of everyone who sacrificed up to “the last full measure of devotion” defending a system of representative government “established and ordained” for reasons none of them could probably even recite, let alone grasp the significance of.
If The Rock ever does get serious about running for public office, it will be incumbent on him to explain his understanding of limited powers and unalienable rights, and to make known what he hopes to accomplish and where such authority is delegated. Useful idiot “progressives” may be happy ceding control of their lives to a Scorpion King, but some of us hold those we consider leaders worthy of following to higher standards.
The takeaway from all this: It’s not really about Johnson at all – he’s merely incidental to the real issue. It’s about heirs to the Blessings of Liberty throwing away their birthright, and in doing so betraying ourselves and our Posterity.
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