19 Years Old and Running for President

On August 26th, I announced my candidacy for the President of the United States of America. Yes, I’m running in the 2016 election. I haven’t registered to run for president. I haven’t spent any money on campaign funding. But I’m running.


I Have Just As Much Right As Trump or Hillary

There’s a law that says you must be 35 years of age or older to run for president. So how am I doing it?

We hold a great respect for the concept of rule of law in America. That means that if someone breaks the law, there are consequences. If we ignore them, it creates a precedent for similar actions.

Well, sorry America, but you set a very dangerous precedent.

Hillary and Trump have both broken the law in one form or another. America normally prosecutes that kind of thing. But it hasn’t been. The only reason I see is because they are running for president.

Therefore, I find it logically permissible under this precedent to run for election as a 19-year-old. Sure, I’m breaking the law. But I’m running for president, so it’s okay.

I’m Preferable to Clinton or Trump

The mistake America continues to make is electing adults with agendas to be their leaders. When a 50-something-year-old politician decides to devote four years of their life to being president, it’s not because they want to represent 300 million people. It’s because they want power.

That’s not the case with me. The most power I’ve ever had was yesterday as I led twenty-three second-graders in Sunday School. It’s not that I want power over 8-year-olds who run around ignoring me. It’s simply a role that needs to be filled and I’m passionate about helping said 8-year-olds grow and learn.

I want to do the same for America. I’m not out to impose my will on the people. I’m out to defend the law, and most importantly the inherent human rights of all people. That alone makes me a better option that Hillary or Trump.

I’m More Trustworthy

Information has surfaced concerning the questionable past actions of both candidates. We all know that it’s impossible to elect someone who has done something wrong before. The leader of a country can’t ever make mistakes. America deserves a candidate who is practically perfect in every way.

That’s where I come in. The media hasn’t dug up my past. As far as America is concerned, I’m a role model for society. I mean, just look at my kind, honest face! America wants, no, needs a leader with absolutely no observable flaws. I promise those flaws will come to the surface much later if you elect me. That way, you won’t feel guilty when casting your vote.

Yes, I’m Qualified To Be President

What makes me the perfect candidate? I DON’T have a plan.

Every politician says that they have a plan for how to fix America. Every year, we find that to be false and we elect yet another person whose only qualification is that they know how to make false promises.

That’s not me. I’m smart enough to realize that nobody has life figured out. No one can possibly make everything better for 300 million people overnight. Thankfully, that’s not the president’s job. The role of POTUS is to defend the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of this country. I’ve read the Consitution, and I understand its meaning. My dedication to that, and not to false promises makes me more qualified than our current nominees.

The Reason I’m Not Registered

I mentioned that I haven’t filed to run for president.

Again, we’ve set a precedent. Presidential candidates don’t have to follow the rules. They appear on debates and ignore the rules for when they can and cannot speak. They often engage in activities that violate campaign funding rules.

This means that I don’t have to follow the rules to be elected president. Anything goes as long as I get the votes, and I’m ready for them.

The Real Reason I’m Running

As I said earlier, I don’t care about power. I’ve never served in a government position. I’m not even passionate about politics.

So what made me do this?


We’ve managed to put ourselves into a situation that nobody wants. There’d at least be decency if we had nominated candidates like Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders. There’d be real debates about real issues. Not this catfight that people call a “debate”.

Times like these call for action. They call for an example that shows just how bad things have gotten.

I’m willing to be that example. Because if you have gotten to the end of this article, and you would seriously rather elect a 19-year-old stranger than elect the two adults who broke rules, interrupted, and insulted each other last night, then something has to change.

Tweet using #Ryan19ForPres if you would rather elect me than Trump or Hillary.

Originally published at theryanmatlock.com on October 10, 2016.

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