Andy Rooney wrote a funny piece in which he asks, "Every time I think about it - which isn't very often - I think how wrong it is that we've never had a woman president of the United States. How did that happen? There has never been one American woman smart enough to be president? There isn’t a single woman alive as capable as George W. Bush? "
Andy makes a good point. IS there a woman in The United States as capable as Dubya? At this point, I am so ready for some diversity, I would vote for Edith Bunker!
Edith might be one donut shy of a dozen, but this "dingbat" was always the voice of reason, in the midst of partisan chaos. I can just picture Archie and The Meathead agruing over the war in Iraq:
Mike: We've got to get out of Iraq.
Archie: That's just like you commie liberals! A bunch of Cut and Run Chickens! Don't you realize if we don't fight the war over there, dem towel head terrorists is gonna bring it over here!
Mike: With what? They don'tt have any WMD's
Archie: Dey flew a plane into the world trade center!
Edith: Ohhhhh No Archie. That was Ol-Sammy-Been-layn. He ain't from Iraq, Archie. Sad-man-Who-Sane is the guy who gots his picture taken in his underwear. He's from a whole different country. You've got em mixed up, on account of they both have funny soundin names. The Sad-Man don't wear a towel Archie.
Archie: Dat don't matter now Edith, we're in there, and we has a duty as Americuns to stick it out until dem Iraquis becomes democrats, just like us.
Mike: I didn't know you were a democrat Archie!
Archie: That aint what I ment at all you Meathead! I'm talkin about Freedom and the Good Ol American Way!
Edith: I don't think you can force people to be free at gunpoint Archie. Maybe we should just let them decide about that for themselves.
(End of episode. Fade out.)
So, why is it that we have never had a woman president? There are more women voters than men in the U.S, so it stands to reason that if the women stood together we would have more women in public office. But in spite of the numbers, and the outstanding efforts of
The League of Women Voters, we have yet to put a Woman in the White House. Women apparently dont vote for women in this country.
Are we just trying to be polite, by not voting for ourselves, or are we so brainwashed by the Cosmo covers and Action Hero - Damsel in distress archtype that we can not find one woman capable of taking on this job? It's only four years folks. It's not like we are risking a lifetime appointment.
As far as that goes, take a look at our supreme court judges.
Outside of the one token female, and African American, we've got us a black robe wearin gang of powerful old white guys. Not that I have anything against old white guys (OWG's), but the fact is, they've been hogging the buffet for way too long.
They are The Hells Angels of The Hill. A rip roarin bunch of rowdy red neck rebs, more powerful and dangerous than any gang on the street. But do we care? Do we pay attention? Do we use our votes to infuse our govenment with pluralistic diversity? No! We vote in OWG's, through the GOP because we are afraid of WMD's, the NAACP, NOW, and the ACLU, not to mention GLB's (Gays, Lesbians and Bi-Sexuals.)
If we the People are the ones doing the voting, why is it that our leaders are not reflective of the cultural diversity in this country? The president of The Great Melting Pot should look more like Tiger W than George W.
Before we go stormin around the globe, waving the flag and forcing democracy on other cultures, I suggest we take some time to practice the art at home. When we get to a point where our elected officials actually reflect our population demographics, we might discover other countries will open up to the idea without the diplomatic incentive of quaking under our big American WID's. (Weapons of Infidelic Destruction.)
Remember the old Coke Commercial?
What happened to that sense of diversity in America? Where have all the Hippies gone? (Long time pa-a-ssing) Is The United States doomed to be run by GOP OWG's who out spend, out shout, and out spin each other for the holy grail of Power? Are we so stupid and apathetic that we buy into this farce? Do candidates really have to suck up to people like Jerry Fallwell in order to get votes?
Enough already. Let's put a woman in The White House, A Native American on The Supreme Court, and fill the House and Senate with Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, Islamic Americans, Jewish Americans, and a few Suburban Pagan housewives too!
I think the country is ready for a girl like Sam to speak for The State, especially since she has a masculine sounding name. The problem of course, is Daren.
We might be ready for a Mrs. President, but can we handle a first husband?
All the other foreign leaders would make fun of him at parties. It would demoralize and demasculinize every OWG in America! It would destroy the sanctity of marriage! The OWG's would all become hopeless viagra addicts who act out in desperate cries for attention!
Then again, they already are. So wadda ya say ladies, shall we put a woman in the White House? And dont wriggle out of it with the party/platform excuse. We all know darned good and well that any candidate who makes it to the show is centerist, and we have a system of checks and balances to keep even the wild ones in line.
Get Progressive! Let's smash the highest level of the great glass ceiling! Do it for your mother, Do it for your daughter, Do it for yourself, or just do it for me.
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