Would you like to see anti-virus tycoon, South America murder-adventure enthusiast and occasional fugitive John McAfee giving you crazed Vigo the Carpathian eyes as he recites excerpts from the Gettysburg Address?
That is a rhetorical question.
McAfee is running for president, and he recently performed an Ayahuasca-influenced low-budget slam poem for a campaign video that is — frankly — better than most political speeches, and it is on YouTube:
There's another take in front of an American flag if you would also like to watch McAfee free-associate grandiloquent phrases into an oddly soothing word soup with a different terrible green-screened background:
Here's what we learned from these dazzling indie videos:
- John McAfee estimates that it would take him 600 years to read every law on the books in the United States.
- McAfee has some support from the prepper community:
- John McAfee prefers a classic blazer and t-shirt combo
- John McAfee actually has some decent points about the American government's cybersecurity illiteracy, and the flashes of cogency in an otherwise clearly delusional and grandiose speech have made me terribly uncomfortable!
American politics has always been a circus. Some years it's Cirque de Soleil, but for the 2016 presidential race, it's already more of a meth-fuelled clown scat orgy in an alley. We've reached a point where one of the most notoriously deranged entrepreneurs of our time is putting out videos like this and it doesn't even seem that weird because another notoriously deranged entrepreneur is the GOP frontrunner.
As buffoonish as McAfee's videos are, they don't sound much crazier than most of the trash coming out of more established candidates' mouths.
So really, the lesson here is that America's political arena has turned into such a garbage-slaw of actual deluded maniacs that the days of someone's campaign derailing over a weird scream on the campaign trail are long gone.