Skip to comments.A "Woman President"? But Which One?
Posted on 10/21/2005 2:50:00 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
This is not about Dick Morris latest book, Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race. The issue today is Should America have a woman President?
I reply, Of course, and not a moment too soon. But shouldnt we put a LITTLE thought into which woman would be good for the job?
The woman/White House issue is, of course, raised by the new ABC program Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis. Does anyone have slight doubt that a President should be impeached and removed, rather than praised, if he/she threatened war against another nation for executing one of its citizens, under its own (barbaric) laws?
The writers of that episode expected Americans to applaud that action by fictitious President Allen (Davis). They choose an African nation as the target, perhaps to distract the viewers from the fact that the real President Bush went to war in Iraq over the lives of 22 million people, obtained a Congressional declaration, and still faces sniping over the legitimacy of the war.
The Clinton cronies who litter the staff of Ms. Davis show expect Americans to approve President Allens threat of war, without Congressional approval, over a single African womans life. At the same time, they expect the same Americans to question President Bushs actions, approved by Congress, over war for millions of lives.
Do they believe that the critical faculties of Americans shut down like a hard reboot on a computer when the TV is switched on? Dont answer that; its rhetorical. Frank Lloyd Wright answered it when he called TV chewing gum for the eyes. But I digress.
Dick Morris posits that Secretary of State Condi Rice is the only person who can defeat Senator Hillary Clinton for President in 2008. Rice is not running then. Rice should not be running then. The highest executive position she has held so far is Provost of Stanford University. Beyond that, she is just an academic and an advisor.
Admittedly, keeping the students at Stanford from drinking themselves into a stupor, getting each other pregnant, vandalizing the premises, and flunking out, while seeing they get a competent education is not bad preparation for being President. But it is not enough. Rice needs to run for, be elected to, and function well in a high position BEFORE she runs for President.
I could see her as the Vice President under Senator (and former Governor) George Allen in 2008, and then running for President in 2016. But back to the subject of woman/President.
Implicit in the question of whether a woman should be President is the idea that Hillary Clinton would be a good role model for American women. Lets examine that premise.
I have two daughters, of whom I am very, very proud. Both are very successful in the business world. Both are married to men whom I respect. Both have children who are moving well down the bumpy path to becoming adult men and women. Is Hillary a good role model for either of my daughters, or any of my assorted granddaughters?
If either of my daughters decided to stay with her husband after he made it clear, repeatedly, that she is a doormat to him, I would lose all respect for them if they did such a thing. Especially if done for personal gain at the expense of self-respect.
What if either of my daughters treated her coworkers like dirt, blamed them for all failures, screamed obscenities at them, discarded them like trash when they were no longer useful to their ambitions? Role model?
What if they engaged in a public fraud involving $700,000 to $1.1 million and sought to evade all responsibility? (Google the names of Peter Paul, Hillary Clinton, and the word fraud for information on that.) Role model?
What if what they supposedly believed in and thought was important, varied from moment to moment like a weathervane in a cyclone? Role model?
To show how foolish the question is whether we should have a woman President, reverse the sex. Make it, should we have a man President? The answer is then obvious. Only if that person is the best choice for the job.
Yes, Hillary IS a role model, in the same sense that Lady Macbeth is the greatest model in English literature of a woman composed of nothing but ambition who would do anything to achieve power. Hillary IS a role model as was Lucrezia Borgia in real life. Again, an example of ambition wedded to a lust for power, and divorced from any other considerations.
A woman President? Yes. As long as the model is Dame Margaret Thatcher. But Hillary is no Maggie Thatcher.
About the Author: John Armor is a First Amendment attorney and author who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu
I feel reasonably certain that y'all will appreciate this. Special regards to my friends, Peter Paul and Doug from Upland.
John / Billybob
This is how Clinton ran his foreign policy -- to make the world safe for political correctness.
BTW, great comments.
If it would come down to it, I would take an underprepared Republican over a democrat.
I don't think now is the time to have a woman leading the most powerful nation on the planet.
"I reply, Of course, and not a moment too soon."
I disagree with that statement. I am a women and most women (I know) would rather have a man than another women as the head. For that reason it gives me hope that the women of this country WILL NOT vote for a women for President. Especially Hilliary. I think most women CAN NOT stand her or her shrill voice.
I am hoping the Republicans put up a GOOD STRONG man and Hilliary will be beat for sure.
I just don't think the United States is ready for a women and in my own opinion I hope we never are.
I think a woman President is past likely and is something around a definite.
Within the next 3 election cycles, there WILL be a Female POTUS.
I can only hope that it's a Republican.
Kamala Harris, someday, if we are not vigilant. You read it here first.
I think Condi would have a better chance of becoming VP than President. On the other hand, we really don't have front runner for pres.
Actually, CB, for the folks on the left, their support for military action is inversely proportional to our level of national security at stake. So they are playing to their core audience here - the folks who applauded Kosovo but shriek that Iraq is an "illegal war" - even though Kosovo was carried out with no UN resolutions and against the terms of the Nato charter, whereas Bush had a slew of UN resolutions backing what he did in Iraq, dating back to the Gulf War.
I think it will be interesting to see how the Republican Presidential candidates will be forming a line in front of Condoleeza Rice's front door in order to have her as their Vice President.
Then she can run for office be successful at it and be the next President.
The link below will inform people who, Kamala Harris is.
"litter the staff of Ms. Davis" Well. I consider Hitlery the pick of the litter because she is a B----
Particularly after the recent examples of leadership we've seen from the Governor of LA etc.
I for one think this is just as applicable to FReepers who assume Condi Rice would a capable candidate in a national election, let alone an actual conservative President. The fan fiction I see on here regarding her potential running disappoints me. Not just that we don't know what she stands for on political issues (other then she opposed the Bush Administration on its stance on the Affirmitive Action/U of Michigan case,) but its truely disappointing that the Republican party doesn't have a deep bench that her name even comes up.
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