By Claire Boyer
Vermin Supreme: A presidential candidate who promises ponies, mandatory toothbrushing laws, and a brighter future. His goal is to not actually be elected, but rather to raise awareness about the downfall of the American political system today. Vermin Supreme, acting as a sort of mediator, has been known to occupy the streets in efforts to extinguish quarrels between fellow protesters and law enforcement before they even happen. Although his methods may appear outlandish, bizarre, and eccentric, Vermin Supreme catches the attention of citizens looking for a way to fight America’s current political injustices.
Starting with his attention-grabbing outfit, the boot that occupies the top of his head has no other purpose but to attract attention. It works. Supreme, who because of his outfit is often mistaken for a threat, is regularly approached by law enforcement who have concerns for the public’s safety. Vermin Supreme, in a documentary made about his political involvement, has stated that he has never had the intention of harming anyone. Supreme’s methods are as simple as marching down the street with a bullhorn, but the message he wishes to convey is much deeper.
Vermin Supreme first became active in political protests as he started forming and voicing his opinion during high school when police surveilled, and arrested students for using drugs on school grounds. Feeling threatened by what he viewed as an overreaction on the part of the police, Supreme took matters into his own hands and began a campaign in which he argued against the police’s’ surveillance of his fellow classmates. Supreme has set a precedent for youth as he has encouraged youth and shown them how, even at a young age, it is easy to speak their minds. Especially in today’s ever-changing society, future generations need to learn to express concern for issues involving the nation in which they reside. While he grew up in an era that was arguably ‘more free,’ Vermin Supreme refused to follow the crowd and comply when he felt that his freedoms were being infringed upon.
Reinforcing his physical appearance to illustrate how politics has become indiscernible from show business, Vermin Supreme mocks the empty promises made by candidates by making his own outlandish promises to voters. One example of such promises includes his pledge to give a pony to every American. “If actually elected,” says Taylor Boyer, “Vermin Supreme isn’t going to give away ponies. He is opening people’s eyes; showing them that a lot of the promises that candidates make are just words to get them elected.” Boyer has been in the process of organizing a rally to present Supreme to the Morgan County community. According to Boyer, Supreme is capable of appealing to young, confused voters. Boyer believes hearing the brutal truth in a captivating, entertaining way will increase students’ knowledge about current and rising issues. Through his unconventional methods, Vermin Supreme has proven himself to be an effective advocate for free speech and individual freedom that he believes should be granted to all citizens of this nation.