The cult of personality is strong everywhere so it should have been no surprise that Donal Trump was elected President of the USA. But the lessons from that election have yet to be learnt. The problem is not that Trump is President, but the power that this gives him. America needs a figurehead, somebody to rally around in time of crisis but that doesn’t have to be the leader of the government. So, time for a new constitution for the USA. Time to split the job. One to represent the nation and another to run the government. Not that Trump actually runs anything himself. He relies on a team (a pretty poor one it is true) to handle things. Nobody voted for them, they voted instead for a man that they believed had the ability to “do a deal” and would know the best people to pick. And of course as high priest of Mammon, he know all the best people, all the people wedded to the idea of a lucrative deal. You don’t know the origin of the world “lucrative”? Stop now and look it up!
All this make the possibility of Oprah Winfrey as President a rather more attractive proposition. She certainly has the “chops” for it if not the inclination. She is clearly intelligent, clearly rich and self-made, which is something Mr Trump cannot be accused of. And more, she seems to have the right tone, unifying rather than dividing, conciliatory rather than condemnatory. With the right team behind her she could make a first-class job of leading a new revolution in American thinking. Clearly it is needed.