Here’s what personally bugs me about the “Oprah for president” hoopla

I didn’t watch the Golden Globes awards show. I’m just not into watching glorified multi-millionaires fall all over themselves in adoration. Yes, I know, everyone is talking about the solidarity of wearing black Sunday evening, but many of those donning the glamour black outfits knew about the issues of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Just another reason why these folks should not be the ones for whom our culture is modeled.

But what I found very disconcerting is the major story in the aftermath of the Golden Globes awards – which by now I’m sure you’ve heard. If not…

As reported by, “Oprah Winfrey brought the Golden Globes crowd to its feet with a powerful speech during Sunday’s ceremony, calling out sexual harassers around the world: “Their time has come.” Making a plea for a free press, Winfrey said, “I want to say I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times Which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I’m especially proud and inspired by all the woman who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”

“This year, we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry, it’s one that transcends any culture, or workplace,” Winfrey said, before noting that sexual misconduct affects women and men in industries that stretch beyond Hollywood. Winfrey then pivoted her speech by telling the story of Recy Taylor, who was raped by a group of white men in Alabama in 1944. “Recy Taylor died 10 days ago. She lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. Women were not believed,” Winfrey said, before adding to the abusive men, “their time is up.” 

I applaud Ms. Winfrey for her speech, and for receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award. However, the talk about Oprah Winfrey now being a viable presidential candidate is somewhat over the top. Yet, that’s exactly what’s being bantered about.

Now, I do have a point of order to bring up as Ms. Winfrey made the statement “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Life is not about “speaking your truth.” It’s about speaking THE truth. Truth is not some relative or subjective matter. As a matter of fact, it was the late New York liberal Democrat Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who stated, “you are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.” I would say, Senator Moynihan’s statement is applicable to someone having “their own truth.”

Ms. Winfrey alluded to calling out sexual harassers and abusive men all over the world — does that include the misogynist beliefs of Islam? What unnerves me is the situational ethics and trendiness of the progressive socialist entertainment cabal. The last thing we need is another #hashtag, “Bring our Girls Back”-type campaign. But to those folks clamoring for Oprah Winfrey to run for president, do they believe she can be an effective leader for our nation, commander in chief of our Armed Forces?

I am worn thin with the cause of identity politics, and this is the focus of the left. The left is doing their political calculus, and they’ve come to a realization, secretly, that the winning combination for 2020 will be a black female…of course of a progressive socialist philosophy.

There are three choices: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, or Senator Kamala Harris. But, ask yourself, can any of these three women hold a candle to someone who’s a former governor of a successful state and ambassador to the United Nations…Nikki Haley? I do hope the GOP will see the strategic goals and designs of the liberal progressive left, and their entertainment industry compatriots and allies. Sure, Ms. Winfrey gave a rousing speech, but what does she believe when it comes to effective economic policy? Foreign policy? National security policy?

Back in 2008, America elected a trendy, cool, charismatic black fellaw who could give a great speech. Does anyone wanna repeat that folly? Say what you wish about Donald Trump, but the proof in our policies, economic growth, stronger foreign policy, national security stance, and better border security speaks volumes…sure, disagree with his personality if you like, but you can’t argue with the facts.

Oprah Winfrey is a nice person, and she gave a nice speech Sunday night…but that’s hardly a qualifier for being our president.

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]