Rumor has it there was a debate of some sort last night. Big stage, big names…Trump. Hillary.
Say what you will about the state of our country, the options we have for leaders, the general annoyance with this entire election season. This isn’t meant to be a politically charged post. Instead, let me don my geek hat (yes, it vaguely resembles Gandalf’s) and bring some sanity to this entire situation.
No matter who you ask, somebody’s disappointed about this candidate or that candidate. Exercise your imagination with me, and let your mind ask, “What if?”
What if there weren’t only two options?
What if beloved characters from fiction could be voted in as president?
Oh, the possibilities. The joy.
Who would make the perfect candidate? Who would you vote for?
- Ranger from the north
- Royal blood line
- A doubt in his own abilities (a fresh breeze in the desert landscape of modern politics)
- Selflessness and loyalty
- Performs well under immense pressure
- Confidence issues
- The desire to protect his elven beauty from the harsh game of politics
2. Steve Rogers
Captain America. The name says it all. If more evidence is needed, he’s loyal. He doesn’t back down from doing what’s right, even if no one else joins him.
He’ll do anything to protect his friends. He’s honorable, gracious, compassionate. He knows how to get the job done, but never in a way that compromises his values.
3. High King Peter
- Vigor and passion
- Kind to siblings (says a lot about his character)
- Faithful to his duty
- Rather young
- Not familiar with modern standards of governance
4. Obi Wan Kenobi
- An authoritative presence
- Much wisdom and insight
- Knows how to develop leaders
- Vulnerable to stereotyping
5. Jean Luc Picard
- Levelheaded and mature
- Knows how to command
- Years of experience
- Ability to remain calm during a crisis
- Aversion to engaging in conflict
- Seen as weak in certain circumstances
6. Samwise Gamgee
- Leadership experience as mayor of Hobbiton
- Humility and fortitude
- Straightforward, doesn’t bandy about idle words
- Thoughtful and not prone to speaking before thinking
- Has shown power can’t corrupt him
- Down-to-earth and relatable
- Strong values
- Dislike of being in the spotlight
- Doesn’t feel worthy
7. Harry Potter
- Loyalty to friends
- Courage to do what’s right, even when it’s hard
- A wide support base
- Willingness to die for those he loves
- Tendency to do questionable things for the right reason
- Can be selfish
- Imposing and authoritative
- Kind despite his god-like status
- Doesn’t abuse his powers
- Not native to earth
- Too powerful—if he wished to do harm, none could stop him
- Seen as a threat
- Puts others first
- Caring and gentle
- Prefers to work problems out in a peaceful way
- Will do anything to protect friends and family
- Could be viewed as a weakling, unfit to lead
10. The Doctor
- Regeneration—difficult to kill
- Vast knowledge about most anything imaginable
- A sonic screwdriver
- Negotiation powers extraordinaire
- A space and time traveling police box (because when is that *not* handy?)
- Two hearts
A born leader
- Lots of enemies
Don’t know about you, but those alternatives are appealing. Like being offered the chance to eat salted pork (cue Pippin’s voice) when you thought all you had was a crusty loaf of old bread.
If these characters were running for election this year, who would you vote for? **Edit: click here to vote for your favorite.**