The majority of the world would probably like to think that they don’t “see” color, but that’s not the case. In 2008, we as a nation elected our first African-American president, Barack Obama.
While I’d like to think that that’s not a huge deal – we really should elect people to public office based on the merits of their past effects and legislation they’ve participated in – it seemed to be all the rage to vote for him out of a preference for change.
As the 2016 election approaches, a new novelty candidate is offered in Hillary Clinton. Clinton could be the first female president of the United States of America, but that shouldn’t be a selling point.
Clinton’s personal political beliefs aside, any educated voter should vote for a political ideology and a platform – not because we have never had a female in the position before.
NBC Nightly News ran a story that made it seem pretty obvious that Clinton will be running for the presidency in 2016.
Already slated to be the Democratic Party’s frontrunner, she is “supported by many prominent party leaders” and even the thought of her running could discourage other possible candidates, like Joe Biden, from considering a bid.
Although I may not agree with all of Clinton’s politics, she has proven herself to be an incredibly effective leader and politician in the past. She even has firsthand experience being the first lady, a job that seems like it would prepare her to take over the reins.
While she may be an incredibly polarizing figure – a 2008 poll during her previous presidential run showed that voters either loved her or hated her – she is a qualified candidate.
While first lady Michelle Obama said that she thinks “America is ready for its first female president,” she stopped short of endorsing former Secretary of State Clinton.
Like any educated voter and political activist, First Lady Obama acknowledges that the post should go to “the best person out there.”
While I agree it would be neat to have a female president – and certainly a sign of social progress – I think people should go into the vote blind.
Throughout our country’s history, the American electorate has been guilty of voting for people based on their physical characteristics and not their party platform.
Just take a look at the presidential race of 1960. Kennedy may have been better to look at during a TV debate, but over radio Nixon was widely favored as the orator du jour.
We need to be smart and vote for the most qualified person, not the candidate who is a novelty.