U.S. needs a lady in the White House
Steven C. Vogel
October 19, 2005
Filed under Opinion
Our nation is constantly undergoing political, social and economic reform, as has been the case for many generations. With this constant flow of reform, one can only wonder how the role of women within American politics will continue to transform, taking into account that we are living in a testosterone driven society.
Since the early days of our nation, the male race has traditionally dominated the political spectrum at the local, state and national levels.
Although women have made great strides toward equality across the board, there is much growth to be seen within the political world.
When women are presented to the American people for election to a public office, there are often preconceptions regarding their leadership abilities and their capacity to govern the people of our nation.
In my opinion, many women within our nation would do a far better job at being “in control” at the local, state and federal political levels than a man.
All one needs to do is look to at our current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, for proof of that.
Schwarzenegger has placed the Golden State further into debt, does not accurately represent the ideas of the people, and displays a level of leadership that lacks clear vision, and both intellectual and moral integrity.
Yet another prime example of the lack of leadership among the male race is former Secretary of Education William Bennett.
Bennett recently said the abortion of black children would decrease crime in America. When confronted about these statements, Bennett lacked the integrity necessary to admit to his error.
I often ask myself, what would our state and federal governments be like if a woman was in charge? Would our nation be in its current struggle over moral integrity and human rights (such as the current battle over gay marriage rights) if say, a woman were president?
I contend that our nation would be stronger if a woman were in control, regardless of the political party in which they represent.
Female politicians have greater compassion for the people they represent, and furthermore, have the ability to make well-thought out and intelligent decisions better than that of their male counterparts.
Before we can begin to fix the many problems we are faced with at both the state and national political levels, we must first realize the necessity and vitality that women hold within this system. Without female politicians, men would be like sheep without a sheperd.
I believe that, in 2008, we will see a woman in the White House. Although we will always have the typical chauvinistic and pig-headed American male, I believe America is ready for a woman in the Capitol.
I see a number of female candidates for the 2008 presidential race who would make a dramatic impact on our nation. There is, of course, Hillary Clinton.
A Clinton-dominated White House would help to revitalize the economic state of our nation and further the recovery from the economic and social troubles caused by the Bush administration, as a result of overspending in Iraq.
Throughout the Clinton years, our national economy and foreign relations were stronger than during any other administration.
In addition to Clinton, I believe that current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, if she were to run, would be a sure possibility in becoming the first female president in our nation’s history.
As a well-educated black female and first black secretary of state, Rice brings much to the table.
Cut and dry – the women’s rights and feminism movements of our time has done much to improve equality for female politicians.
Yet in the same respect, I see the need for much improvement in the coming days.
We as a nation must stand firm and claim equality for all, regardless of gender or ethnicity.
Only then will we truly become a nation for the people and by the people.