I am not really into politics, but it interests me that America may have their first woman president soon, We in the UK had Margaret Thatcher as prime minister and it seemed like she went power crazy and lost control of her faculties in the end she brought the country to its knees and left us begging for a change of government.
my question is do you think America is ready for a woman president?
If it is, this is the right time for one, with the Republicans faring worse and worse every day. Plus, Hillary's a canny politician. We'll see if she's able to somehow overcome all the "baggage" that she's known for and that the Republicans will exploit mercilessly.
I don't know the answer to that question yet. It shouldn't matter whether a good president is male or female, or of what racial composition, etc. Personally, I would like to have a strong third party presence in America. I think I am tired of 2008 already - The too-numerous campaign ads take up too much time. Hillary holds her own so far, though, in interviews and speeches I've seen/heard.
Whether our president is a man or woman makes little difference; what we do need is a person who has integrity, who is not likely to become arrogant and a tyrant. We need a statesman (stateswoman?) not a political animal. A third party (or a fourth, fifth or sixth) is not the answer (I did a hub on the Two Party System that explains why.) Long campaigns and virtually unlimited financing of campaigns is doing a lot of damage to the system. There should be more debates, more Internet and newspaper, magazine and TV opportunities for candidates to explain their positions -- not more money to attack opponents, distort candidates' views and build up their own egos. The system is out of whack!
I would not mind a women as president in the USA. It is only natural one day a women will be elected.
I don't think America is ready for a woman president... but that doesn't mean she wouldn't do a good job, it just seems that many many people still hold ideas that would keep them from voting for a woman. I don't think sex would affect my decision much as to who to vote for, but there are TONS of people that still wouldn't vote for her just because she is a woman...
I think we're ready for one...I just don't know if Hillary is the right one. We need drastic changes from our next president, and I don't really have much confidence that she'll be the agent of change that we need. On the other hand, candidates like Edwards, Obama, and Dodd all have good things to say, but don't have a great chance of getting the nomination (though if Hillary really flubs, Barack could end up as the nominee---I would like to see that happen, in all honesty). At this point, I'll take a democrat, ANY democrat, as POTUS :-)
I am in agreement with you C.M. Vanderlinden.
I believe we are ready for a woman president, just not Hillary and definitely not Clinton. We all know if she gets that seat of power Bill will be somewhere there in the background putting his nose where it doesn't belong. (no pun intended.)
What mystifies me is why no media moguls except maybe FOX is exposing her shady campaign funding deals, or why no one is challenging the sealing of all her documents of past political dealings that are held under lock and key in the Clinton Library, not the national archives.
Does anyone recall the cattle investment deals she was investigated for years ago where she invested $1000 in some cattle futures and with the inside help of her investment managers turned it into $100,000? I don't believe it was settled that she did this legitimately.
Yes. It's about time and there are very qualified women who can get the job done. When you stop and put the whole "American President" into perspective, there are always an entire cadre of people who are there to help run things. Its not as if she'll have to do it all alone and by-the-way who can screw things up more than the present president.
Honestly, I don't think Hillary is a good choice for president. Right now her major points within her campaign platform include a great deal of focus on the homosexual community, which of course means she'll get that vote since previously candidates have strayed away from that can of worms.
I think I'm the only person I know who is skeptical about Hillary's true intentions. We all know that what a person says during their campaign and what they TRULY plan for during their reign in office can be wildly different things.
"Its not as if she'll have to do it all alone and by-the-way who can screw things up more than the present president." - shemesh
The next president.
I think that is good idea, so that we can change the world's vision.
Some time that could be necessary because we think that the man is the one who can change the world or can do the better. But I do not think so. The woman has got much things to do in the society but, she has not the opportunity. One day I hope Condolleza Rice be the president and the world can be perfect.
The answer to your question is yes, just not this woman. I don't think Americans care about the candidates gender as much as they care about the candidates record and character, and on both of those factors Hillary fails miserably...
I'm totally with you, gamergirl. Hillary makes me uncomfortable; I feel like she's being untruthful, even more so than other politicians!!
I would love nothing more than to see Barack Obama receive the Democratic nomination. I don't think he will solve all our problems and have no unrealistic expectations of him, but I love the idea of his leadership.
Female or male... I wish candidates would spend more time talking about what they stand for, instead of how terrible their opponent is.
My first presidential election, and I'm more inclined to vote for myself than for anyone actually thinking of running...
I personally hope that "America" is not "ready". That is to say, we weren't ready to end slavery when we did, or give blacks the right to vote (or women), to end segregation, and plenty of other very revolutionary advancements in democracy. If we are ready, then is goes to say that it is extremely past due. I would rather hope that Hillary wins either by a landslide, or a complete fluke than by a run of the mill campaign. It would show that either Americans completely embrace the idea (in the landslide scenario), or that something unexpected and exciting is happening in U.S. politics, other than another page scandal.
I hope Margaret Thatcher's power craziness isn't reflected upon all women leaders. That would be a lot like saying all Catholic presidents will be assassinated.
The U.S. should be ready for a competent leader, male or female. My vote isn't being swayed by sex or gender, but issues and integrity.
Why is it that hardly anyone anymore knows much about, or cares much for the fact that our politicians and the process of our government seems to have abandon the Constitution? Case in point: if we've got a potential problem, like the one we're still fiddling with in Iraq, rather than following what our guiding document tells us we're supposed to do - have Congress declare war - we just take a vote to see whether we're going to back the President in office (Clinton did it too in Boznia/Hertzagovinia) and it ends up being an never ending conflict! Is this possibly the reason why our country is persistently marching toward socialism, if not a downirght dictatorship? I mean, why do we keep being told that for our own security our civil liberties need to be sacrificed? What happened to individiualism, independent thinking and rugged self-reliance? I'm interested in your take on this topic, so chime in!
The question I think we all should be asking, is what is America really ready for, does it matter if the president is white, black, male or female, what are the disadvantages of either, shoud we look at past mistakes and triumps, or should we just lay down and let those with higher authority decide for us. America has much to worry about and frankly I see neither candidates do any good for any of us.
We have to tackle the issues that has been plaging us all along, social security, healthcare, welfare immigration. Like all past elections every candidate has said what we all wanted to hear, yet none really did what they said they would.
America is a great place to be but it has been over run with to much money in the background and not enough honesty int he foreground, and will it in the end matter as it did in the Gore-Bush elecetion year, popular said one thing and electoral said another. Hmm, something is wrong with this picture, old news perhaps.
I look back to the our forefather, who when wirting the constitution began with " We The People". I think in meaning he meant us all as a whole. We shall decide but will it do any good. Frankly I have not seen a worthy president myself since the JFK era. But that is only my opinion.
If you asked me what we should do, first I would say get rid of the electoral vote, second when something is put to a vote, on the state level and federal levels, it is my belief that we should as the people vote, have a say in all affairs, not just the elecetions. Such as wars and laws and the amending there of. I think we the people should have more say in our goverment then we do, but that is why we have representatives?
Get the lobbyist out of there and the big corporations who keep all things behind the ears and the pocket revenues that we never see. Strip the oil companies of their huge profits, 50 billion for a year, Exxon Mobil, and regulate the price. Get the troops out of Iraq and quit outsourcing our work for pennies on the dollar products. And get the illegals out, do we as the people, have to do it ourselves.
I know this is off a bit, but I think this country needs a bit more than a president, we need some serious help.
News Flash Election Update: Diebold accidentally reveals results of 2008 presidential election early.
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/d … ally_leaks
I think the country is ready for any race or gender(except trans). I am with Obama because he is a constitutional scholar, a brilliant orator and will almost immediately restore or credibility in the world. He will be facing a horrible domestic legacy because of Bush & cronies. To chime in on Jondollar's question....I think our constitutional legacy is gravely threatened by the military/congressional/industrial complex that Eisenhower first warned us about. We have tried to maintain a huge imperial empire abroad(721 foreign military bases) and a constitutional democracy at home. The two don't mix ultimately and the empire eventually undermines the democracy. Our representatives don't represent the people but rather the corporate/military interests to whom they are bought and sold.
I LOVED that, Ralph. The only problem with The Onion News is that it appears slightly more factual than the "real" news.
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't."
All around is noise about USA elections.i think women should have the opportunity of presidency in a democratic country.
Well - call me a cynic if you will but Barack Obama might as well be white for all he has in common with a typical African American and Hilary Clinton might as well be man for all the femininity she demonstrates. So I think the "news" earlier in the thread was bang on.
He has about as much in common with a typical African American as Tony Blaire did with me
Well, I guess I can't fault that sort of logic.
I'm going to dissent with you and vreccc; I think there's nothing wrong with someone stating since kindergarten that they want to be president, and for that to be their lifetime ambition. I think it takes an exceptional person, extremely bright, diplomatic, and exercising great judgment, to be an effective president. I don't think being president is only about ego gratification. People can genuinely hope to improve their country.
I don't think GWB ever had any ambition to be president, until it was more or less foisted on him by the GOP leadership...and look what we got.
Oh and Ralph - I have been meaning to post a link to this:
http://internationalpropertyinvestment. … e-millions
A brilliant PPP about the sub prime mess.
Thanks. Great stuff! I don't think we've heard all the bad news yet. Here's a link to 4 funny videos on the situation one of which was on your link:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Stock-Market-An … stors-Only
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