Elon Musk for Speaker of the House?

Roger L. Simon Roger L. Simon
January 4, 2023Updated: January 4, 2023

Our friends in the legacy media—and that increasingly seems to include Fox News—not to mention the Democrats and some Republicans as well, endlessly bemoan the “chaos” on the Republican side as Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California has failed in four ballots now in his bid to become House speaker.

The most powerful position in the House, according to these people, should be chosen in a “seemly” manner behind closed doors in order not to wound the image of a political party, in this case, the GOP.

Transparency, like democracy, we hardly knew you.

And above all things, avoid the perception of “chaos.”

But is chaos such a bad thing? You don’t have to be a Nietzschean to see truth in the philosopher’s “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

The founding of our country, which took 11 years to get from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution, was pretty chaotic.

Ideas need testing just as people, potential House speakers, need testing.

McCarthy, should he end up with the job after all, may actually be better for this unruly process.

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U.S. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks to reporters following a meeting with GOP members at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2023. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Much is made of the fact that this is the first time in roughly 100 years we have had multiple ballots for speaker, as if that’s supposed to be something bad. In the old days, before those roughly 100 years, multiple votes for speaker occurred all of 14 times, once reaching 133 ballots.

But we are being force-fed the working-out of a democratic process in public view is a negative thing, when it is arguably a positive thing. Who is responsible for this propaganda?

Are we being undermined by the recently invented but noxious term “optics”? Are we prisoners of an image-obsessed zeitgeist that’s in reality the enemy of good representative government and the covert friend of authoritarianism?

The big enemy of creative thought of any sort is conformity. What is being put forth by the media, Democrats, and many Republicans is more conformity and, to be clear, less interest in democracy or in the will of the people.

As I write this, the fourth ballot has failed. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas made an eloquent speech nominating Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, clearly a good possibility. There are others, such as New York Rep. Lee Zeldin.

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (R) talks to Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) (C) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in the House chamber during the second day of elections for House speaker at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 4, 2023. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

I’m not enthusiastic about waiting for 133 ballots, but I’m willing to stand by for more. At this point in American history, we need the best person possible to serve as speaker.

We should look for someone committed to transparency, freedom of speech, and, above all, the return of justice in America.

Unfortunately, most politicians are far too conventional to think out of the box, but there are many out there in society.

Personally, I nominate Elon Musk.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and TRUTH Social @rogerlsimon.