There was once a time when politicians were actually public servants. They were driven to seek public office in an effort to better the country that they call home and make a  better future for their children. That is one of the attributes that the American people believed we saw in President Trump, and that plus the fact that he didn’t need the job, is probably one of the reasons he got it.

However, we all know that power corrupts and there are still many that supposedly serve our country, but in reality are working in politics to serve themselves. Unfortunately, they probably make up the majority at this point, and it’s one of the biggest problems that we face as a nation. Since the election of President Trump, that problem has expanded exponentially. Any person who considered President Trump to be a rival in business now sees this as his crowning achievement.

While reaching the office of President of the United States is obviously the hugest of huge accomplishments, it was done for a distinct purpose, and that purpose wasn’t winning a competition. But that’s not stopping fellow billionaire and Shark Tank frequent flyer Mark Cuban. According to Daily Mail, the ultra-rich Mavs owner thinks that he could beat President Trump, and he would even run as a Republican, just to win in the primaries:

“Billionaire Mark Cuban has said that if he were to run for president in 2020, then he would run as a Republican and would therefore challenge the incumbent, Donald Trump, in the party’s primary.

‘I think there’s a place for somebody who is socially a centrist but I’m very fiscally conservative,’ Cuban said in a Sunday night interview at his Dallas, Texas home with Fox News show ‘OBJECTified‘.

Cuban discussed with the show’s host, Harvey Levin,’ how he fashions himself as ‘fiercely independent’ but would decide to run as a Republican under the United States two-party system.”

Something that neither Cuban or any true blue liberal could understand is that to a real conservative, there’s a whole lot more to life than money. We don’t just want somebody who can balance a checkbook (although that should be a minimum requirement). We need someone who will stand up for our rights to free speech and association, and who will work to stop the killing of our unborn.

If he was looking to convince Republicans that he’s a conservative by just saying that he knows how to manage money, he couldn’t have done anything that would more clearly demonstrate how non-conservative his priorities are.

“The Dallas Mavericks owner also said that he is asked ‘100 times a day’ whether or not he would run. He said that on a 1-10 scale of the likelihood of him running, he is currently at a ‘4’.

Cuban also discussed how he initially supported Donald Trump. He eventually endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Speaking of Trump, he said: ‘I liked the fact that he was honest, outspoken, that he wasn’t like I told him a Stepford candidate.’

‘His base won’t turn on him, but if there is someone they can connect to and feel confident in, they might turn away from him,’ Cuban told The Associated Press in August. 

‘The door is wide open. It’s just a question of who can pull it off.’”

Cuban has a pretty big ego if he thinks that his sheer business prowess is what’s going to win him the highest office in the land because that’s not what won it for President Trump. Our current Commander-in-Chief won that title because he saw problems that the nation has that he believed he could solve. He told us, we agreed and we voted him in, despite his lack of political experience (or perhaps because of it).

The office of President isn’t something that just anybody can fill, especially if you want the conservatives to back you. And while we’re talking about ridiculous candidates, here are a few other people considering a bid for the highest office in the land, including box office superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:

“‘Baywatch’ star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been encouraged to run in 2020

Ohio’s GOP Governor John Kasich has not ruled out a second run in 2020.

Another Republican and frequent Trump critic, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, last month visited Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first presidential caucuses. 

And a handful of wealthy outsiders including Cuban and wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, are being encouraged to join the fray. 

Yet there is good reason why no sitting president since Franklin Pierce in 1852 has been defeated by a member of his own party. As is almost always the case, the most passionate voters in the president’s party remain loyal. And in Trump’s case, activists across the country are starting to come around.

The president has personally installed his own leadership team at the Republican National Committee and in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, where new GOP chairmen are more devout Trump supporters than their predecessors.”

Let me repeat for the sake of clarity; the job of President isn’t a pissing contest for billionaires to see who can win this term’s national game of chess because there are literally lives at stake. If Cuban thinks that he can do a better job of running the country than President Trump than it is his right to run. But if he plans to dupe conservatives into voting for him, he is once again making some pretty insulting assumptions about the constituency that he plans to play. We didn’t get to be conservatives by being stupid; if that is the voters demographic he’s looking for, he might want to check out a different party.

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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