Originally Posted by Catkiki
I voted for McCain... I don't think America is ready for a woman president or an African American president. I really don't like any of the choices, but I dislike McCain the least.
I have always disliked Hillary. The joke around here was that she "ran" the country while Bill was messing with Monica. And we don't want to let Bill loose around all those starry eyed interns!
I'm going to assume you're joking, so don't take this personally. I'd just like to point something out. Use what I'm assuming to be purely posted in jest as an example, if you will.
At no point in this post are there any comments about the politics of these individuals. All over this thread, there have been comments about who someone "likes" or "dislikes" and then this post in particular brings up the ol' Bill and the Interns situation. Which, really, has nothing to do with the ability of any of the candidates to run the country. Therefore, I don't understand the frequency with which people bring it up when discussing who they'll vote for.
Race and gender are two things that we already accept, at least CONCEPTUALLY, as having no real bearing on one's ability to do things. I don't understand how we're "not ready" to invite a little diversity into the White House. I realize that racism and sexism are unfortunately still ingrained into the minds of a lot of Americans, but a lot of us are too good for that. Surely those of us on TCS are! So, I personally am not going to concern myself with what a few closeminded folks are "ready" for. The country is ready for an eloquent, intelligent, functional leader who will move this country forward, regardless of race or gender, and regardless of ready we THINK we're ready or not. All you have to do is look around you to see this, and many of these issues are totally universal and bipartisan. We need to educate our people, we need to have a strong infrastructure and we need to take steps to strengthen the economy. Everyone will agree at least on that. Now, we need to move past superficiality and start having meaningful discussions on HOW to do these things, without all the name-calling, without all of the religio-political-rhetoric slinging, and without bringing up the goshdarn interns!
Of course persona is important in a leader. But, we elected a guy we thought we could have a beer with and he took the country to hell in a handbasket, which at this point, is a fairly universally accepted notion among the American people for a variety of reasons. Persona is not the ONLY thing that's important, just like religion and race and gender and background can't stand on their own when choosing a leader. All of them are important for their own sake, but I think we're often to quick to oversimplify when making a decision as important as who to vote for.