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Is The United States Ready For A Woman President?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 22, 2007

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IS THE UNITED STATES READY FOR A WOMEN PRESIDENT? — by Catherine Morgan

As a woman, I want to believe that answer to this question is yes. As an objective observer, I have to wonder. In reading comments on other forums, and listening to the commentary on news programs….There seems to be a lot of hate Hillary banter going on. I don’t have a problem with anyone who dislikes a politician based on their abilities to do the job or their qualifications. However, most of what I have been hearing has less to do with her qualifications, and more to do with her being a woman. Quite frankly, I take offense to it.

I wouldn’t consider myself pro-Hillary. At this point, I still want to wait and hear debates and get more facts before I commit to one opinion or another. But one opinion I am ready to commit to is…My lack of faith in the general voting public to vote for a candidate that is best qualified for the job. When did we start caring more about whether we would want to have a beer with the candidate, then whether the candidate has an ounce of common sense? Am I the only one who just doesn’t get it?

I think, if we don’t get our “collective” acts together for this next election…And actually elect a candidate based on this or her qualifications and not their likability – This country is going to be in an even bigger mess than we are now. The truth is, we need more than just a good president, we are really going to need a miracle worker. I just wonder if we as voters are going to be up to the task, and get passed our “American Idol” voting mentality. But, I sure hope we can.

So…Are we ready for a women president? I would like to know what you think. I know I am ready. If Hillary can prove herself as the best candidate, I will surely vote for her. And if she wins, it will be one small step for women, and one giant leap for America. I for one would be proud to see a woman as the President of the United States of America.

Food for thought: What if both the Republican and Democratic Parties ended up with women as their candidate for the Presidency??? That’s a mind blower??? May the best woman win????

Well, tell me what you think…After-all, that’s what this blog is all about.

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41 Responses to “Is The United States Ready For A Woman President?”

  1. lucy23 said

    I absolutely think that we are ready for a female president, however I do not think that Hilary Clinton is the woman for the job. She made some absolutely offensive comments about women who choose to stay home and take care of their families. I don’t oppose women working, but I also don’t oppose a woman’s right to be a homemaker. I think everything she has ever accomplished has been linked to her husbands accomplishments. But all of that aside, I think she is a horrible politician. She owes too many people too many favors. If she is elected there is no telling what would happen. She is far too polarizing and liberal to be a good candidate for the democratic party. They’d have more luck with a moderate.

  2. Justin V said

    I’d vote for Hiliary in a heartbeat(given she delivers a solid platform). People can say what they want about the Clinton, but she’s a great policitian in my view. I just don’t know if America is ready for women president, I think we’re almost there. The world is shifting very quickly, and I do think It’ll happen pretty soon. HC is the only women in the polictical game, at this moment, that could do the Job. Hiliary 2012 maybe??

  3. lucy23 said

    Why isn’t America ready? Some people argue that a woman wouldn’t be taken seriously on the international stage, but nations all around the world have had female heads of state and government. Just Monday a woman was sworn in as the President of Liberia, Africa’s first female president. The U.S. is behind the times. If a capable woman runs, there is no reason she shouldn’t be elected.

  4. rero said

    I think a woman president could be very good for America, but it totally depends on the woman. I think America is NOT ready for Hilary, but if we could find a good woman out there, she could be a great president!

  5. THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS EVERYONE.

  6. john said

    I think America could be ready if the women was qualified Hillary IS NOT QUALIFIED

  7. Thanks for your comment John.

  8. honjii said

    I for one am ready for a woman president, however I don’t think the majority of Americans are on board. The average citizen is unable to think outside the box and most likely will never consider voting for anything other than a middle aged, white, anglo-saxon, male.

    Initially I thought Hillary would be a good candidate. What I’ve been hearing lately makes me think otherwise. I’m pasting a short article below.

    “Published on Thursday, February 22, 2007 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington)

    Clinton Draws a Line in the Sand over Iraq
    by Amy Goodman

    Hillary Clinton is a once and future warrior. Campaign events in New Hampshire suggest the majority anti-war electorate has problems with her vote for the Iraq war and with her position on Iran.

    On Feb. 10, New Hampshire resident Roger Tilton asked Clinton at a town-hall meeting: “I want to know if right here, right now, once and for all and without nuance, you can say that war authorization was a mistake.”

    Clinton responded: “Well, I have said, and I will repeat it, that knowing what I know now, I never would have voted for it. … The mistakes were made by this president, who misled this country and this Congress into a war that should not have been waged.”

    A week later, in Dover, N.H., she dug in:

    “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from. But for me, the most important thing now is trying to end this war.”

    Her tough talk to anti-war voters is reminiscent of President Bush’s taunt to the Iraqi insurgents: “Bring it on.”

    People’s concerns about Clinton’s Iraq war vote is of more than historical interest. History has a frightening way of repeating itself. Drop the “q,” add an “n.” Iran.

    New Hampshire Peace Action director Anne Miller asked Clinton about her recent comments to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Clinton told AIPAC: “We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. And in dealing with this threat … no option can be taken off the table.”

    Miller, who has visited Iran, expressed “deep concern … that we have a Democratic presidential candidate who is a militarist of this nature and that she isn’t coming out and saying we need strong diplomatic action with Iran, which is really the only answer.”

    Clinton continues to invoke the now largely discredited Bush administration claim that the government of Iran is supplying high-tech weaponry to Iraqi insurgents. Even Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says there is no evidence of Iranian government involvement.

    Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., fought the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. He said the president wants “to have the power to launch this nation into war without provocation and without clear evidence of an imminent attack on the United States, and we’re going to be foolish enough to give it to him.” Byrd seems to have known then what Clinton says she knows now. He called the resolution “dangerous” and a “blank check,” and now, with more than 3,145 U.S. soldiers killed, and with Iraq war costs through 2008 projected at more than $1 trillion, it appears he was right.

    Reps. Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey also seemed to know then what Clinton says she knows now. They were lauded by the 50 activists who, on Jan. 30, 2007, occupied Clinton’s Senate office, weaving a web with pink yarn “to symbolize the senator’s web of deception and the innocent people — Americans and Iraqis — caught in it.” Protesters have promised to “bird-dog” Clinton at all her public appearances. Those actions recall the student sit-in at Clinton’s New York office on Oct. 10, 2002, while Clinton stood on the Senate floor and made her case for war.

    Fully a year before she died, columnist and arch Bush critic Molly Ivins wrote: “Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone. … Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her.”

    And then there’s Ralph Nader. He admits that there are good anti-war candidates, but that if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, he would be more likely to run.

    Clinton has drawn the line in the sand over Iraq. She will not admit that her vote to authorize Bush to use military force in a unilateral, unprovoked war based on lies was a mistake. She is open to a military strike on Iran. Her latest message to voters: “There are others to choose from.” Anti-war voters already know that, and are lining up behind candidates Barack Obama, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich and, perhaps before long, Ralph Nader.

    Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour.

    © 1998-2007 Seattle Post-Intelligencer”

  9. “Honjji” — Thanks for the comment and for the article. I have my questions about Hillary as well. It’s a shame, because I really would love to vote for a women this go-round. I would go as far as to say that, if a strong enough women Republican was running, I would consider a flip-flop and vote Republican.

  10. blessed1 said

    I say === Go President Rice!!! I wish she would run, but that may be too much for the men population to have two wowen candidates running. I am not a Hillary fan and won’t vote for her, but I am sure ready to see what a woman could do in the office. Of course we’ve already seen what Hillary did–she basically ran her husband’s office. Her military cut backs affected my parent’s military medical benefits so much that they barely get decent care. We’re just waiting till they turn 65 so they can start medicare…then they may be able to breathe a sigh of relief about their medical coverage.

  11. Hi “Blessed1” — I don’t think I’m ready for President Rice either. As far as your parents….it is very sad. We treat our veterans so poorly in this country, it is a wonder anyone even enlists anymore. You might want to check out this post on my political site:
    http://informedvoters.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/are-we-supporting-our-troops-what-does-it-mean-to-support-the-troops/
    It’s about supporting the troops…..and how we need to support them when they come home as well.

    Thanks for your comment.

  12. robyn said

    I think gender has very litte to do with the office of president, similar to the way that I think color has very little to do with occupying the seat of the U.S. empire. I think, however, many folks look at gender and color first over against considering the whole person.

    Some of the questions I am asking are: How can the president and presidential hopefuls invite conversation and mobilize their constituents? How can folks [politicians and constituents] be engaged in the act of democracy–in the feet on the ground work of democracy? Perhaps women and people of color [that is, those who have been historically marginalized] can help to illuminate this.

    This comment is not to suggest that I am “pro-hilary” but rather an attempt to say “I am pro-human.” I don’t always trust the process by which we elect government officials; perhaps my mind will change for the 2008 race!

  13. “Robyn” — Thank you for your comment. I agree.

  14. nancy altmix said

    yes, yes yes.

  15. Thanks for your comment Nancy.

  16. imparare said

    Interesting comments.. 😀

  17. Anonymous said

    no

  18. Brandon tifft said

    i dont think that there should ever be a woman president! They will not be able to handle all the pressure of daily criticism. when the united states has to negotiate with third world or middle eastern countries that treat women a objects and do not take them seriously it will not work out for the best..the president sould be a respectable man that can handle every day problems and not be afraid to go to war if it is needed….and about the comment about the Liberan woman president…do u really think that were behind liberia??? i mean really thier county sucks if they want to have a women president then thats thier problem… i just hope that it becomes ours too…

  19. The best person for the job should become president…..man or woman.

  20. Brandon tifft said

    well the best person will never be a woman!! so that means the man will always be the dominant factor in the united states…

  21. @ “Brandon Tifft” — Touché….spoken like a true “man-troll”.

    Sorry, but I won’t have time to respond to any more of you trolling comments.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  22. Brandon tifft said

    well your a stupid idiot that thinks that women can do everything that men can….THEY CANT! so just forget the whole idea of a woman president because its stupid and retarded…

  23. Brandon tifft said

    AND YOU GOT A LUMPY BUTT!!! AND I GOT SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE U LAUGH!!

  24. ChrysK said

    Tifft the fact that you use words such as “stupid and retarded” in a serious political discussion shows that you are arrogant and I would NEVER listen to anything you have to say about the future of our counrty!!!

  25. Thanks “ChrysK”.

  26. Tricia said

    Everyone has a right to their opinion. We shouldn’t vote for a presidential candidate because of gender. I have heard of so many women casting votes for Hillary already and it scares me. I always thought we had intelligent voting women in our country, but for all the blogs I have read with women supporting Hillary for President not knowing where she stands on any issues is very disheartening and now I wonder how could I have been so wrong about so many people. Just because she is female vote for her, I think you women that have taken this position have lost all concept of reality.

    Is she qualified? Is she upfront and honest, or does she say what ever it takes to get the vote? She has not stood firm on any issue, I see her as a woman full of self pride and willing to lie, cheat and promise the moon to make it as the first female president. I know things about Hillary but to spill banter would only increase a vial sinful group of our country to cast their vote for her.

    If we are so desperate as women to elect a woman for our President, do we really want to make the mistake of showing Hillary Clinton as our leader, our best choice for a woman President. Please we have enough chaos in our country with celebrity gossip, have you all forgotten she already along with our husband embarrassed our country by electing Bill as our leader. She didn’t hide in the background. She knew of his affairs and actions, She is a woman on a self serving agenda. Not a woman looking out for our country.

    We need a change of direction in our country but not the direction she will take us. We need GOD back in our country before our country sinks any lower. What happened to intergrity, honesty, and the love of God. Intergrity was when a person said they would do something and shook your hand, you knew that is would be done. Not like today, where people are signing contracts before they even get married. Where are all the God fearing People. Christians, get up and take a Stand for our Lord God almighty. We have remained silent christians way too long, this country that was based on his laws has been warped and adapted to the laws of sinful convenience and we need to get God’s word and laws back. Along with IN GOD WE TRUST on the front of the new presidential coins, not along the edge where is will be worn down and disappear like he has been disappearing in our country for way too long.

    My stand on Hillary for President is that we might as well have a convicted murderer on Capitol hill. Sin is Sin in the eyes of God. We are all born sinners, but with forgiveness is redemption. Please America put God back in our Country we need him desperately.

  27. Katane said

    Really? We need god back in our country? With all due respect, a growing percentage of the American public do not consider themselves Christian, including myself. I live in a country where I’m free to express my own opinions of a higher power, and I want it to stay that way, thanks. If the country is shifting away from Christianity, its not the apocalypse, its not the end of the world. Its just change–it happens occasionally so you may as well get used to the idea, Tricia.
    It seems like Christians nowadays have no faith in basic human decency. Just because I’m not a Christian doesn’t mean I can’t be an honest, moral individual.
    Furthermore, I find it hard to believe that Hillary would “lie, cheat, and promise the moon” more than our current president did when he was running for office. Personally, I’m rooting for Obama to win the primaries, but if Hillary gets on the ballot, I’m sure as hell that she’d do a better job than any of the Republican candidates as president. It’s not an issue of whether women are ready for the presidency, its whether America is ready to force their innate misogyny aside and see every candidate as a person, rather than a man or a woman. (A concept that that poorly educated fellow, Brandon, seems to have trouble grasping. Look on the bright side–he’s probably not old enough to vote)
    Sincerely, and proud to be a member of “a VILE, sinful group” (nice spelling),
    Katane

  28. Thanks for your comment Katane…I agree 100%.

  29. orsolya said

    it’s very interesting to read all your comments, especially since I’m from Germany, trying to write an article about the question if the US is ready for a black or female president.
    When our Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected, many people didn’t think her capable of doing the job, but she did quite well so far. Thats just to say that women can be good presidents (@Brandon), not that Hillary Clinton would be a good one just because she is a woman.

  30. “Orsolya” — Thanks for your comment. I believe regardless of a person’s color or gender, what will make a good President, is someone who cares about the people of this country. We have proven that electing an “ego-maniac” who has no regard for the “regular” people of this country, is a huge mistake. I just hope we have learned from that mistake.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  31. zussal said

    We certainly don’t need a president who wants to wage holy war either.

  32. I would like to see us not wage any wars, holy or otherwise. Thanks for you comment “Zussal”.

  33. ALZWISK said

    Americans are ready for a female president and we have been for a long time. We have had so many opportunities that we haven’t taken advantage of. Hilary Clinton probably isn’t the right one, but maybe we will be lucky soon.

  34. Paul said

    Personally, I do think Americans aren’t ready for a female president. However, I believe that the majority of them will say that they do. To that end, people are just going to go run out and vote for the first female candidate they see. Who, in this case happens to be Hillary. (My personal opinion is that she’s evil, but hey, that’s just me.) We’re in such a hurry to show how progressive we are, that we aren’t thinking clearly, and we’re going to rush into something that could have devastating effects, or she could surprise me and be an excellent president. Whatever the future holds for us, I just hope that we stick together as Americans and stop with all the infighting. I don’t mean to stop arguing, but I mean to at least try and see the other side. As we are trying with a woman for president.

  35. Rosa said

    Being a 13 year old female and living in the United States I believe that the U.S. is ready for a female president. Honestly, think about it, how come other countries have elected a women as presidents but we can’t seem to get past the ‘Me Man, You Woman’ part of our history? Another thing is the U.S. getting past a minority being elected as president.

    I’m rooting for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama!!

  36. Alex said

    So, do you actually believe that the USA is ready for their first woman or African-American president? If so, what supports your point of view? There are many other countries that have had a woman representative and or a black person, but is the US ready?

  37. Carmelo said

    mark my words: the world will soon see that the most powerful person on the planet is a woman: Sarah Palin in 2012.

  38. Jolly Parker said

    well,,,I don’t think US is ready ,,, I mean,,,there are still many people who oppose to electing a woman as a president(Many oppose Hillary because she is a female), and this fact proves that quite a few Americans are not yet ready for a female president.Until Americans change their views and regard women as equally capable as men, it is too early to elect a woman as a president…

  39. JEEZ said

    and Carmelo what are you talking about? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHA

    are you idiot?

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