To vote for or against someone solely because of their race or gender is repulsive to me. It’s easy to see just what the result of that has already caused us. So now we have Hillary Clinton running for president, saying we should vote for her because she is a woman and it’s about time we had a woman president.
Personally I would love to see a woman president, just not the one who is running. The woman I would like to see is a woman who is accomplished, intelligent and not just a political hack. That would be Condoleeza Rice. But sadly she isn’t running.
Hillary’s problems are just beginning. The scandals are increasing daily. The latest being the millions of dollars being given to the Clintons in an effort to sway their influence on political matters. All this while serving as U.S. Secretary of State. Any contribution by any foreign government to the Clinton Foundation while she is serving as secretary is, of course, illegal. Even the normal trustworthy supporters of the Clintons are concerned, the New York Times as an example. In the coming days and weeks her integrity, or lack of it, will come more clearly into focus and even her past sycophants will fade like the evening sun.
That is why I have reported to you the Democrats are getting more than a little bit scared. They don’t have a viable alternative waiting in the wings, and they and the country need one. There is plenty of time. I do believe a serious candidate will emerge and Hillary will become yesterday’s business and that is as it should be. That would be good for the country as well as good for the Democratic party. Time indeed will tell.
Meanwhile polls are showing an almost catastrophic drop in Hillary’s favorability ratings. When asked if she was trustworthy, a large majority said no. She may be able to slide by with a few of the usual suspects who have been in her corner since Bill, but the country at large expects more. The country expects and deserves integrity from anyone who would run for president. She can run but she cannot hide from her past and it will rise up and bite her. The leaders of the Democratic Party know this, and they are probably searching high and low for a viable alternative candidate. By the way, they also know Elizabeth Warren is not that viable alternative candidate.
As a traditional Republican, I should be happy with this turn of events in the Democratic Party, but the Republicans have their problems also. As is usually the case, half the population of the country is running as a Republican for president. By the time we actually have a chance to vote for someone, they will have chewed each other up and spit them out. Different factions within the party will choose their favorite and attempt to destroy the competition, leaving the only remaining candidate bloodied and facing almost certain defeat. Then we all lose.
Wouldn’t you think there should be a better way? Granted, the primary season is the time when people audition for the highest office in the world. But it shouldn’t be like a herd of bull elk fighting for the privilege of breeding, even though there is some similarity. Think about it.
Voting is almost a sacred duty and honor. It shouldn’t be done without deep thought and purpose. If you don’t care enough to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues, stay home. Leave that duty to those who really care. The very future of this country is at stake.