Earth to Cher: Dionne is Running for Office
Claire Miles - February 4, 2018

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

As if! Stacey Dash aka Dionne in the 1995 cult classic ‘Clueless’ has announced that she will be running for Congress, and to be honest, we’re buggin’.

 

 

You may remember Dionne as the confident and attitude-encompassing best friend of Cher Horowitz, the undisputed queen bee of Bronson Alcott High School in Beverly Hills, California. Dionne was a strong female character in her own right – a smart, sophisticated, and down-to-Earth best friend that balanced out the clueless superficiality that was playfully woven into scenes and characters throughout the movie.

 

 

Take fiction out of the equation, and Dionne would have been very well suited for a career in politics and public speaking. Think about it: she possessed many of the qualities people look for in a political candidate.

 

Leadership

 

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Works well under pressure

 

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Communicator

 

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Negotiator

 

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Stands up for what’s right

 

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Fast forward to 2018 where Stacey has announced she’s making the move from Clueless to Congress. As a conservative powerhouse, Stacey will be running to represent California’s 44th District.

 

 

It’s a heavily Democratic district, and it’s unclear which party Dash will be running to represent (although, one can assume she will file as a Republican candidate). Either way, the announcement comes as a nostalgic blast from the past, and a reminder of modern-day democracy. It doesn’t take someone rich and powerful to make change. All we need are dedicated, kind-hearted people who are passionate about making our future better, so we can be nostalgic when we look back on the past.