American Election

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  1. jimmythejock profile image83
    jimmythejockposted 16 years ago

    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?

  2. livelonger profile image89
    livelongerposted 16 years ago

    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.

  3. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 16 years ago

    Hi jimmythejock,

    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.

  4. William F. Torpey profile image73
    William F. Torpeyposted 16 years ago

    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!

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image88
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree with that statement.

  5. raymondphilippe profile image92
    raymondphilippeposted 16 years ago

    I would not mind a women as president in the USA. It is only natural one day a women will be elected.

    1. prettybaby profile image58
      prettybabyposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      yup. y not, huh....??

      pretty women rock d world, aint they...????

  6. grantsforwomen profile image62
    grantsforwomenposted 16 years ago

    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...

  7. Maddie Ruud profile image73
    Maddie Ruudposted 16 years ago

    Barack the vote. cool

  8. C.M. Vanderlinden profile image64
    C.M. Vanderlindenposted 16 years ago

    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 :-)

  9. profile image56
    beckys hubbyposted 16 years ago

    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.

  10. profile image55
    shemeshposted 16 years ago

    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.

  11. gamergirl profile image87
    gamergirlposted 16 years ago

    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.

  12. profile image56
    beckys hubbyposted 16 years ago

    "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.

  13. lifuta profile image60
    lifutaposted 16 years ago

    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.

  14. College politico profile image61
    College politicoposted 15 years ago

    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...

  15. profile image0
    helenathegreatposted 15 years ago

    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.

  16. Catawn profile image59
    Catawnposted 15 years ago

    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...

    1. College politico profile image61
      College politicoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Check out my hubs on mike huckabee and goto his website... you might like him because he has stayed generally positive through out the campaign.

      College Politico

  17. Kane Bauer profile image60
    Kane Bauerposted 15 years ago

    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.

  18. Stacie Naczelnik profile image69
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 15 years ago

    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.

  19. Jondolar profile image69
    Jondolarposted 15 years ago

    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!

  20. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    Cue counterpunch. big_smile

  21. Rambling Esquire profile image59
    Rambling Esquireposted 15 years ago

    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.

  22. Ralph Deeds profile image69
    Ralph Deedsposted 15 years ago

    News Flash Election Update: Diebold accidentally reveals results of 2008 presidential election early. … ally_leaks

    1. robie2 profile image81
      robie2posted 15 years agoin reply to this

      thanks Ralph--that was too funny. Technology marches on eh? Oh for the good old days when election fraud was just dead people voting in Chicago  ROTFL

  23. barranca profile image78
    barrancaposted 15 years ago

    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.

  24. livelonger profile image89
    livelongerposted 15 years ago

    I LOVED that, Ralph. The only problem with The Onion News is that it appears slightly more factual than the "real" news. wink

  25. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    I thought that was the "real" news smile

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
      Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      It's not beyond the realm of possibility.

    2. livelonger profile image89
      livelongerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      The (unfortunate) unvarnished truth! tongue

  26. William F. Torpey profile image73
    William F. Torpeyposted 15 years ago

    "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't."     

            Mark Twain

  27. topstuff profile image60
    topstuffposted 15 years ago

    All around is noise about USA elections.i think women should  have the opportunity of presidency in a democratic country.

  28. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    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. big_smile So I think the "news" earlier in the thread was bang on.

    1. livelonger profile image89
      livelongerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      How so?

  29. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    He has about as much in common with a typical African American as Tony Blaire did with me smile

    1. livelonger profile image89
      livelongerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I guess I can't fault that sort of logic. roll

      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.

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
        Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Some very expensive crapola!

  30. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    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.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image69
      Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      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: … stors-Only

  31. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    Excellent - I hadn't seen the Merle Hazzerd ones. big_smile

  32. profile image0
    sandra rinckposted 15 years ago

    if its called an american election well then it is rigged by the one who can afford it.


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