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Sometimes you worry about the state of affairs - and humanity - when someone who's a bit of a moron gets elected into power, whether that's Prime Minister, President or anyone else for that matter. We're not naming any names.
But what if we told you that there's one town in California that might just give you hope? What if we told you that this particular town in California has decided to vote in a particularly unusual mayor: a Golden Retriever. Nope, we're not kidding.
Idyllwild (I mean, first off, what a lovely name) has allowed one dog to become more than just man's best friend, but their trusted mayor.
Maximus Might Dog Mueller II (these guys seriously know how to name stuff) - or just Mayor Max to the people of Idyllwild - has been in office for an impressive five years.
It was actually his uncle who became the first mayor of Idlewild, which was back in 2012.
"Six years ago, Idyllwild decided to elect its first mayor," Phyllis Mueller, Mayor Max's Chief of Staff, told ABC.
"You had to be a local resident, but you couldn't run yourself, you could run your pet. In a voted election, 14 dogs and two cats ran and we decided to have an election to raise money for the animal rescue. So you paid $1 a vote and you were encouraged to vote a lot."
The smiley pooch is often seen cruising around town in his personalised pickup truck - don't worry, he's not driving it, he's just there to mingle with his people. He and Mueller apparently make to public appearances each day in order to show their faces to the community, while also drawing in tourist.
"His role is to make the world a better place by conveying unconditional love and doing as many good deeds for others," Mueller continued.
"My role as the chief of staff is to help run the vision of the mayor's office for Idyllwild, so we actually run an actual mayor's office."
And, by the sounds of it, locals and visitors alike are completely in love with the unorthodox town mayor.
"Max is awesome," a visitor called Andrea Valadez told KMIR TV.
"He is super friendly and he lets my son give him treats."
Better still, because Mayor Max is SUCH A GOOD DOGGO, he will hold his ceremonial role for his lifetime. Who said politics had to be boring?