BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It’s been a long week filled with disturbing news, so forgive me if I prefer to discuss something lighter today.
For instance: should a dog be allowed to run for governor of a state?
The question has come up in Kansas, where there is no law stipulating minimum qualifications for seeking state office. After a bunch of teenagers made news by entering the governor’s race, the owner of Angus - a 3-year-old wire-haired Vizsla – decided to file papers for his pup as well.
“I thought, ‘Hey, why not Angus?” he said “He’s a good dog, he’s smart. And I think he could provide better leadership than what we’ve had the last seven years in our state.”
The Kansas secretary of state – the same stumblebum who headed that disastrous, defunct presidential commission on voter fraud, and is now a candidate for governor himself – has ruled Angus ineligible. But I beg to differ with that decision.
Dogs already serve society in so many ways, as crime-fighters, disaster relief workers, comforters, and companions.
I doubt I’m the only person who often prefers the company of my dog to that of most humans.
And I see no reason why a dog shouldn’t have the chance to serve the people of his or her state as governor.
Dogs are excellent judges of people, and I trust them to sniff out the haters and phonies. Dogs are always good in a crisis, and infinitely capable of caring and compassion.
And so what if the annual state of the state speech consists of a brief series of barks?
Citizens will understand what Governor Spot means, and a few cute tricks will be far more welcome than a boatload of rhetoric.
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