Dwayne Johnson has caught the attention of the media with his statements about a potential run for the President of the United States. Now, a campaign committee has filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to draft him as a candidate, meaning that he has become eligible to run for the U.S. presidential election in 2020 should he choose to do so.
What Are Dwayne Johnson’s Politics?
For those who are unfamiliar with Johnson, he might be more familiar to them as the Rock, which was his ring name when he wrestled in the WCW and the WWE when it was still called the WWF. Since that time, Johnson has become a prolific actor, with examples of his recent movies including but not limited to Moana, The Fate of the Furious, and Baywatch. As a result, it is no exaggeration to say that Johnson is one of the most influential celebrities out there.
With that said, this tells us nothing about his politics. We know that Johnson spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000 before going on to attend the Democratic National Convention in the same year. Furthermore, we know that he is registered as an Independent at the moment. However, we know little beyond these facts save that Johnson seems to be the blandest sort of centrist based on his own statements, which is to say, he supports the troops, he thinks that Americans need to come together, and he thinks that the President of the United States should have poise. None of these make for much of a political statement, though to be fair, Johnson hasn’t decided to run at this point in time.
Should He Run?
Should Johnson choose to run, he would not be the first figure from the entertainment industries to do so. After all, President Ronald Reagan had been a B-list actor before he started participating in politics, which resulted in him becoming Governor of California and then President of the United States. Likewise, Arnold Schwarzenegger interrupted his acting career to run for Governor of California and then resumed it as soon as he hit the term limitations. More recently, there is an excellent case to be made that President Donald Trump should be considered more a figure from the entertainment industries than a businessman, seeing as how most people know him from The Apprentice and his other entertainment gigs than his business. Regardless, while Johnson’s chances of winning a hypothetical run would’ve been unthinkable once upon a time, recent months suggest that the unthinkable might not be so much so in truth.
However, there is a question about whether Johnson should run or not whatever his chances of winning might be. There can be no doubt about the fact that he meets all of the requirements needed to run for the office, but recent months have also reminded us that while U.S. politicians have their problems, the highest level of U.S. politics is nonetheless something that calls for a great deal of expertise and experience for the best results. Moreover, it is clear that the media has learned nothing, as shown by its complete and utter inability to ask serious questions in spite of the seriousness of the issue.