At Sunday’s Video Music Awards, Kanye West was awarded MTV’s highest honor: the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. For a moment, the world briefly stopped turning (citation needed) so West could deliver a long-winded, emotional roller coaster of a speech, covering everything from grocery store visits to the importance of “listening to the kids, bro” to Justin Timberlake‘s tears.
The subsequent announcement of his presidential run came as a surprise, and not just because he yelled, “I’m not no politician, bro!” earlier in the speech. By most accounts, the rapper has zero governing experiencing. However, we think it’s precisely Kanye’s lack of experience that makes him the perfect candidate to dismantle the political status quo. He’s a Washington outsider! He’s not tied to Big Oil or special interests.
This may seem a bit premature, but we’ve already rounded up Yeezy’s presidential platform, gleaming insights from his lyrics.
On the Economy
“Whether you broke or rich you gotta get this/Having money’s not everything, not havin’ it is.” – “Good Life”
“Deception is the only felony.” – “No Church in the Wild”
“I made ‘Jesus Walks,’ so I’m never going to hell.” – “Otis”
“I am a god/So hurry up with my damn massage/In a French-ass restaurant/Hurry up with my damn croissants/I am a god/I am a god/I am a god.” – “I Am a God”
On International Relations
“S— is real, got me feeling Israelian/ Like Bar Refaeli, or Gisele – no, that’s Brazilian.” – “Clique”
On Public Education
“You know the kids gon’ act a fool/When you stop the programs for after-school/And they DCFS, some of ’em dyslexic/They favorite 50 Cent song ’12 Questions.’ ” – “We Don’t Care”
On Marijuana Policy
“All the girls pass the weed to your mother——‘ man/Get ’em high/Now I ain’t never tell you to put down your hands/Get ’em high/And if you’re losin’ your high then smoke again/Keep ’em high.” – “Get Em High”
VIDEO: Watch Kanye West’s Full VMAs Speech
On Foreshadowing His Own Presidential Run, 10 Years Ago
“Went from bein’ a broke man to bein’ a dope man/To bein’ the President, look there’s hope man.” – “Crack Music”