“It’s her turn!” an elderly feisty progressive Caucasian Democrat woman said to me across the table at a function here in DC. “What does that mean? This is the United States and we do NOT have a Monarchy!” was my reply.
As so many people in this county love to say, the “Founding Fathers” did everything possible to create a democratic governmental system where “We the People….” choose our leadership through a process called election. This process is supposed to embody another great US tradition competition.
The It’s her turn statement came from a die-hard Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) fan. We were at an event where a prominent democrat leader was making an acceptance speech for an award they were receiving. The speech was more of a “stump speech” than an acceptance speech. The person presented themselves and spoke like a Presidential candidate. When the speech ended many at the table said “Does that sound like (she/he) is running for President?” “I hope not, because it’s Hilary’s turn to be President!”
This is a Capitalist society where “competition drives everything” except our Presidential election process! It is sad that in the past three Presidential election cycles we knew who the candidates were prior to both conventions. I actually like local and state elections where we still have some choices in candidates. WOW! Look at what happened in VA. Those voters reminded us that WE do have a say in who represents us and who goes back home to do their old job, if it’s still there.
So why is it that many in this country have already written HRC in as the 2016 Democrat Presidential Candidate and she has not even announced she is running for the office? Why are we discouraging viable possible candidates? Don’t we want a number of qualified people to run for President? Competition drives innovation. The more qualified people we have running for President the better chance we have of making changes in this country.
Yes I do believe that the US is ready to have a woman President. Yes I am an involved and well informed voter. Yes I understand the passion behind the HRC supporters. But I also want to see our process for choice in leadership remain at the forefront of candidacy. We should have a plethora of leaders to choose from and we should NOT be chasing away those who are talented, smart and committed to public service and leadership from taking the chance.
The United States is a Democracy, a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally! We are not a Monarchy a form of government in which sovereignty is actually or nominally embodied in a single individual. I swear every time I hear “It’s her turn!” this is WIYATT! Let us not forget that what makes our country so unique is our Democratic governance. We allow all eligible citizens no matter their sex, race, faith, sexual orientation, socio economic status etc. to run for office. So stop telling people that it is “anyone’s” turn for the Presidency.
If a certain someone listened to all the nay sayors about running for office in 2007, we would not be living in such historic times. I remember watching TV on February 10, 2007 as Sen. Barak Obama told us he wanted to “Not just hold an office, but gather with you to transform a nation.” His announcement speech is inspiring http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/10/AR2007021000879.html
And if he had not had the courage, vision and drive to take a run for the Office of the President we would not have experienced history in January 2009!
I look forward to an open 2016 Presidential Race where all political parties (another topic – we need more than two dominating political parties in this country) have a variety of candidates. Let the process of a true US election move forward with a number of qualified and eligible candidates; and let the best person win!
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