By ROGER CALDWELL
As an American man, it is difficult at times to watch a woman campaign for President of the United States of America. This is a discussion that very few Americans will discuss openly, but it is something that’s buried in the minds of many. Traditionally, a woman’s place was in the home taking care of her children and family. But with the woman’s movement, women make their own decisions on what their achievements will be.
In a 2015 interview, rapper T.I. said “Not to be sexist, but I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions, and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen or they didn’t mean for it to happen.”
Once this information was exposed on different wire services, T.I. was forced to apologize. Even though he apologized, there are many men who think like T.I. Many men and women think that women are emotionally weak.
The CEO of a Texas marketing firm, Cheryl Rios, raised controversy with a Facebook post last April when she said “With the hormones we (women) have, there is no way we should be able to start war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I’m great at it but that is not the same as being the President, which should be left to a man, a good, strong honorable man.”
But on Thursday, July 28, the final day of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton made history by accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton is the first woman to lead the ticket of a major political party in the United States.
“America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees; it truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together,” as Clinton explains why she is running for the office of President. This campaign is a battle for the soul of America.
In 2016, everything is complicated be- cause the Republican Party candidate is a con man with empty promises, and a slick-talker making extravagant fabrications. When the country cannot believe anything that comes out of Trump’s mouth, it makes the 2016 campaign like no other campaign in American history.
Everyone has their perspective on the election, and many say this is a race to the bottom because Hillary has her issues with integrity. But it appears the Democrats are coming out of their convention with a unifying strategy, and a winning formula.
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has an impressive resume, and she is probably one of the smartest people on the planet. She has broken through the glass ceiling in America, and she is a hero to women and girls around the world.
On one level she is part of the status quo, but on another level she is a change agent and one of the first in American political history, and I am all in. “Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. That’s why we are stronger together” says the next President of the United States of America.