By GENE H. McINTYRE
Is it not a matter of whose time has come? It’s argued that the time has come to elect a woman to be president of the United States of America.
We must wait upon the completion of Barack Obama’s second term, ending January 20, 2017. So if the prospect of a woman as chief executive excites you, you’ll have to cool your heels for about three years more.
I am very close to total disillusionment with the men the U.S. has chosen to lead the nation. More recently, among all who have served since the first George, George the 41st told us to watch his lips as he moved them to say that there would be no new taxes; Bill could not be trusted alone with a White House intern and then developed a very long nose about it; George the 43rd couldn’t be trusted not to ruin the country financially and morally, being manipulated by a warmonger from Wyoming; and Barack Obama who’s a brilliant orator but for several mitigating reasons by way of pundits, politicians and prejudices, cannot manage his economy, his staff or his promises very well.
Those examples, with a few exceptions, including venerable examples like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, those before George the 41st, it would seem nothing other than patently obvious for Americans to want to elect a woman as president number 45. Some say the most likely to succeed at running for the job, and serving ably in it, is Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Personally, I shy away from the obvious to do what we are nowadays advised to do: that is, ‘think outside the box.’ Keep in mind, though, that Clinton will be 70 by the time she can be elected and we know from Ronald the 40th that age and infirmity can take a dramatic toll on energy and intelligence.
It is my hope that we will not practice fait accompli and look only to Clinton, imagining her the viable one aboard that proverbial white horse, wearing a white Stetson. I believe Clinton possesses an unusually large ego; yet, I’d risk a few dollars betting she does not see herself as the only American woman fit and able to assume the reigns of this nation’s highest political office.
Frankly, I don’t know of any woman among us who wants to be president (Clinton has not declared herself), although there are several now in gubernatorial positions who didn’t get there by being timid and withdrawn: I think of Oregon’s neighboring state to the north, the state of Washington, where a woman, Christine Gregoire, during the worst of economic times, quite ably served two terms as that state’s governor and probably could have been elected to a third had she sought it. Gregoire retired from politics but is the same age within six months of Clinton.
There are standouts in the U.S. Senate, too. Some among those women who have come to notice by this writer include Barbara Boxer, Susan Collins, Kirsten Gillibrand, Claire McCaskill, Patty Murray, Jeanne Shaheen and Elizabeth Warren. Of course, it’s a given that lists by other Americans will greatly vary. Whatever the case, I am not aware that any one of these women wants to war overseas continuously, throwing away more American lives and treasure; however, I am aware that each wants to establish and maintain nation-building inside the U.S.A.
So, women of intelligence, talent, with access to the means, please come forward and throw your purse (except for cowgirls in rodeos and parades and the Kentucky Derby, few American women wear a hat these days) into the race for president in 2016. The men of late have truly struck out as desirable leaders of a nation now cursed by dividing factions and ideologue partisanship. The time is now Ms. America, make your case!
At the same time, serious-minded Americans need to elect representatives to Congress who will work toward a civilized U.S. society. We don’t have that condition in D.C. at present as it’s uncivil there and does not work for the common good. We have a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, with their like-minded in the U.S. Senate, who appear dedicated to anti-government actions and seek to re-establish an America of ante bellum times. This change of players in Washington could be greatly affected by a woman with ‘the right stuff.’
(Gene H. McIntyre live in Keizer.)