By Freedom Newspapers
So, it’s probably well past time to consider whether Americans are ready to elect a minority or a woman to the highest office in the nation. And it’s sort of odd having to ponder this in what we’ve always called the land of opportunity.
Quite honestly, our perceptions of who should occupy the Oval Office are always changing to a certain extent. Unfortunately, some strange factors tend to enter into the equation — such as how charming a candidate can be or how attractive a person’s appearance.
But that is a move forward from the old style of choosing leaders.
For instance, we have quite a history of electing old white guys to be our commander in chief, presumably because experience and maturity somehow equate to wisdom.
But then along came John F. Kennedy, who not only broke the age barrier but was the first Catholic to hold the office.
And the past two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, were comparatively youthful when they were elected.
So voters are gradually showing an inclination to break old molds.
And why shouldn’t they?
We live in a society where we trust our health to doctors of all shapes and sizes. It’s not unusual to religiously follow the advice of doctors of both genders and from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds.
Similarly, we trust our children to teachers who come from all sorts of backgrounds. Women have been accepted as leaders of classrooms for more than a century. Good parents teach children to be respectful of teachers whether they’re black, brown or white. It matters not whether they are of Asian, Hispanic, Native American or even Arabic extraction.
So if people of all races and either gender are good enough to monitor our health and shape our country’s future through the adults of tomorrow, why can’t somebody other than from the white male gene pool become president?
It wasn’t that long ago that having a black quarterback in pro football was a big deal. We’ve advanced past that point. Two African-American coaches led this year’s Super Bowl teams.
Our thinking has come a long way. It shouldn’t be all that long before that translates to a woman or minority (or maybe both) elected president.