Can A Woman Be President Of The United States?by Carlos Galindo on Jun. 14, 2011, under 2012, Arizona Politics, Barack Obama, Herman Cain, Immigration, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, National Politics, New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich, President Obama, Republican Presidential Debate, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Tea Party, Tea Party, Tequila Party, Tim Pawlenty. Rick Santorum, Tucson, Uncategorized, United States, White House
Let me start off by weighing in on the question, I’m fully convinced that many women are qualified to serve as President of the United States.
Having said that, I sincerely feel that the United States is not at all ready for a woman to serve as commander in chief. Just looking at the bigotry and acceptance of bigoted slurs appropriated nowadays in the United States under the premise of free speech, sets the tone for the behind the scenes conversations that are taking place within smoking clubs, on the golf course and at elite dinners in Washington and other key cities where the good old boy system is alive and thriving.
The glass ceiling may have been lifted just a tad from the days in which women were seen insisting on their right to suffrage, well, okay, so the ceiling was raised considerably, however, the fact is, it still exists. The glass ceiling has never been removed. This continues to be a mans world and the elite power players continue to be men.
Once again, I’ll reiterate, I completely believe that women are equal to men and should have every right to engage fully in the political process and should not be limited to congressional, senatorial or gubernatorial positions.
You might be thinking, well if a black man made it into the White House, then why not a woman? The reality is, that at least on paper, African Americans obtained the right to vote 53 years before women obtained full suffrage, and as we all know, an African American man has actually made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before a woman, as a matter of fact the only two viable candidates for the presidency of the United States in 2008 was a woman and an African American man vying for the Democratic party nomination, which is the only party that had a chance to win the presidency given the disastrous Bush administrative fiasco.
I wholeheartedly believe that colorful and boisterous characters with very little depth and even less knowledge on the issues, like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have in fact hurt women’s advancement in politics, further advancing the flawed concept that women have to be cosmetically appealing and ditzy to attract the attention of the bored and unengaged voter.
I have seen some very bright women in my time. One of those women was Benazir Bhutto, a Harvard graduate who spoke volumes with just a few well chosen words. Bhutto was able to obtain the ultimate prize in a country dominated by men and backwards ideas. There are many such, bright women, here in the U.S., that could easily lead this country. The problem is the good old “boy” system will not allow their political career to flourish, nor are they willing to allow the breaking of that glass ceiling once and for all.
Given the aforementioned, Michele Bachmann might as well hang up her boots and focus on her shallow congressional career. The only thing she’s got going for her is the Tea Party, and that’s not enough to defeat the GOB system or the GOP hierarchy.
Carlos E. Galindo is a radio talk show host & political analyst conducting radio shows in both English and Spanish on four radio stations in Arizona. Mr. Galindo is a weekly contributor to KPFK 98.7 FM Los Angeles and has appeared on CNN, Univision and Telemundo as a political analyst. Mr. Galindo is also an Op-Ed columnist on Prensa Hispana Arizona. www.nospinonair.com/http://www.carlosgalindo.com
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