I would vote for Hillary. But I am convinced she won’t win. As a matter of principal, i might vote for her, even knowing that, just to send the message. But i am fearful that it won’t matter, especially if Bush’s cronies have access to the machines again. Even though i believe Hillary Clinton is qualified, capable and would do great things for this country, I don’t think this society is ready for a female president. I’m ready for one, but i don’t think John Q. Public is.
Hillary’s path to the White House (or should i say, “Back” to the White House) must be predicated on her presence in the administration as a Second in Command, or in some other high profile position, first. I think the wise path for her would be to throw her support behind a qualified, Caucasian man, with the understanding that she would be chosen as V.P. after he is the Democratic candidate. Then the voting public will see her as qualified, on her own merit, rather than as an extension of Bill, who was the victim of a republican smear campaign. (all that is for another blog–i still believe that Bill Clinton was the best president in a long long time, notwithstanding his personal issues which should have remained personal).
Every campaign peppers the media with slogans such as “it’s time for a change” or “it’s time for a new direction.” But it was never more cogent than it is right now. With catastrophic climate change on the horizon, the need for change is only th tip of the iceberg (pun intended). With nations warring with each other and the threats of unrest and annihilation in our midst; with Americans fighting for their right to have employment in their own homeland, amid infiltration from outsiders; and with health care, education and personal safety continuing issues that are ignored, change is indeed what we need. Real change. Not the usual rusty cogs of the good-old-boy network, and most assuredly not the partisanship and petty mudslinging and outmoded electoral college and electronic voting machines that are far too easily manipulated. We’ve been a patriarchy long enough. Viva la matriarchy!