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America Christ Superstar: The problem with figureheads.


There really is no functional or logical reason to have a top dog. In fact it's very strange that we go through a national process of electing our top political celebrity. Not that we should put them through the normal process of becoming a celebrity - that would take years and require the person to interrupt numerous award shows. But the truth is, we are basically voting for a superstar in the Warholian sense of the term.

History's lack of Harry S Truman impersonations triggers something deeply anarchic in Jeff Dorchen, and he starts wondering why we even have figureheads in the first place, how leaders are able to remain somehow ultimately (and not at all) responsible for the nation during their rule, and what's so great about making our next National Superstar do an American voter impression.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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