If, like me, you’re a fan of "Parks and Recreation," you're familiar with Ben Wyatt. At the age of 18, he was elected mayor of his Minnesota town despite having zero qualifications for the job. Unsurprisingly, his few months in office were a disaster. He bankrupted the city by spending all its money on a winter sports complex he christened “Ice Town,” earning him the nickname of “Ice Clown.”
Needless to say, he was impeached.
Why did the town elect such an unqualified candidate, you might ask? Well, in Ben’s words, he was riding a wave of “anti-establishment voter rebellion.”
Sound familiar? "Parks and Rec" is meant to be a comedy. The tale of Ben Wyatt should be a joke. But lately, it’s gotten a little bit too close to reality. "Parks and Rec" was created long before the fateful election of 2016, yet its writers predicted the future of American politics better than anyone else.
This is what we’ve come to. Our founding fathers are probably rolling over in their graves right now. Despite their obvious misogyny and affinity for slave labor, even they understood that we shouldn’t elect awful people to hold public office.