[This post is adapted from one that was originally posted at Blogher.org.]
What better issue is there for elders than concern for the future of the country and the world. With careers done or on the wane, with children raised, elders have more time for thoughtful consideration of political, cultural and social issues. And sometimes, maybe, we have a bit more experience and perspective to contribute to the public discourse.
It is disturbing, in a presidential race that may be the most crucial of our lives, to see so many women supporting Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, as if that were a qualification. And Senator Clinton herself frequently reminds audiences that “It’s about time we had a woman president.”
I disagree. I think it’s about time we had a president of any gender who respects the oath of office, upholds the Constitution, runs an open, not secretive, government and sees to the welfare of all the citizenry, not just the wealthy elite.
Only a few people in the United States these days would vote against a candidate just because she is a woman. Most polls show that 90 percent or more of voters are “ready for a woman president.” So that question is settled.
The only other pertinent question about every candidate of any gender is: can he or she lead the United States out of the quagmire it has sunk into, and correct the wrongs that have been perpetrated against its citizens and the Constitution.
Women are as qualified – or not – as men. Women are also as beholden to corporate money interests as men. There are suggestions that Mrs. Clinton will raise half a billion dollars for her campaign.
That is an obscene amount of money that can buy an election with ease, a good deal of it from lobbyists and bundlers, big pharma and other corporate contributors that some other candidates have refused – and others have accepted.
But I’m not here to argue the merits of Senator Clinton’s candidacy; only to emphasize that her gender is irrelevant and I am ashamed, as a woman, of all the women’s organizations and blogs I read urging support of Clinton based on her gender.
All candidates, even if they raise less money than Clinton, owe their souls to corporate backers. And that is my point: before she is a woman, Senator Clinton is a politician and deserves no less scrutiny, before we vote, than a male candidate.
And no extra credit for being a woman.
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Matty explains a case of dental foot-in-mouth disease in When Will I Ever Learn?]