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Sunday Morning Musings: Because She’s a Woman

2015-02-06 22.14.14 (4)I have heard numerous women say they are voting for Hillary Clinton because she’s a woman. They somehow seem to think that if Hillary makes it to the White House that furthers the cause of all American women. Possibly this is true, but just as possibly it isn’t. If she’s a lousy president who got elected simply because she’s female, it will set women in this country back further than they thought possible. Because it will be a long time before American voters elect a woman again.

Championing anyone simply on the basis of gender is discrimination. In this case, those who vote for a woman simply because she’s a woman are making the same mistake made eight years ago by those who voted for a black candidate simply because he was black.  They did not analyze whether the individual was the best candidate. Nor did they care. They used their vote to make a biased statement about race in this country.

I suppose that many black voters thought having a black president would somehow improve their own status, but it doesn’t seem like that much has changed for them in the past eight years. But I’m not black, so I can’t really speak to that. It appears, however, that this black president missed his opportunity to narrow the racial divide in the U.S. In fact, he achieved the opposite. Am I the only one who finds that of interest?

So do women believe that a female president is somehow going to improve their lot in life once she’s elected? Are they teaching their daughters that competence doesn’t matter in life, only gender does?

In the business world, generally the best person for the job is the one who gets it, because most businesses value competence. Although sometimes that isn’t the case and some business are required to meet staffing quotas. Which may explain a general decline in efficiency.

Years ago I got a job with a major corporation. I wasn’t immediately hired for an open position, but got a call back months later. I was told the reason for the delay was, “We had to hire Pam.”  Pam was black. All else being equal, Pam was hired simply because of the color of her skin.

I see a snippet on TV of a famous reporter asking the question (about Clinton), “But can she govern?” While both candidates may be “unfit” to be president, Clinton has never to my knowledge “run” anything efficiently or successfully. Not a business, not a state, not the State Department, possibly not even a household. So what is it that makes her so uniquely qualified to be president other than her gender?

Hiring or electing anyone for discriminatory reasons is simply unfair. Hire or elect the person you believe will do the best job in that position. It truly is that simple.

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Sunday Morning Musings: The American Flag

2015-02-06 22.14.14 (4)I am on my third American flag. This one recently ordered from The American Legion which is where the first one came from courtesy of my father. I have vowed to take better care of my new flag than the past ones and be better about rescuing it from the Florida weather.

As July 4th approached and I was without a flag, slight panic set in. How else can I show my patriotism? In my neighborhood where everyone is age 55+ flags are important, especially on holidays such as July 4th and Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Within two days of my order my new flag arrived. Now came the problem of hanging it. A traditional flagpole is not long enough to keep a 3 x 5 flag from catching on the roof, which is how the others got torn up now that I think about it. So now we have a long gardening stake as our flagpole. But this new flag has no sleeve so I’m forced to use my American ingenuity to figure out how to keep the flag on the pole without sliding down and so it can blow freely in the sometimes strong winds it will be subject to.20160702_092149

I hit on the idea of shower curtain rings, of which I seem to have many not currently in use. A simple eye found in our mounds of household trinket trays screwed into the end will hold the flag in place. I hope. If not, I’ll come up with another solution because I will be flying a flag, not just on special holidays, but daily.

My father fought in World War II for my right to fly that flag.Missouri Illinois 2012 014 He was of a generation of patriots and that’s one of the things he taught his children to appreciate. Sadly, I have discovered American patriotism is fast fading from subsequent generations.

Have you asked the average individual under 35 if they voted in the presidential primaries or are voting in the upcoming presidential election? Try it. In one small sampling I discovered that many of them are not registered to vote, have never voted and have no intention of voting. One such individual told me the system is broken. I am sorry I didn’t ask him to elaborate on that statement. I might have ended up pointing out that if true, people like him might be responsible. “I hate politics” and/or “I don’t understand it” are two more refrains I hear quite often. Either that, or those who are re-quoting what they’ve heard others their age say without doing any homework or research to learn whether it’s true or not.

Apathy and ignorance are most likely the reason America’s systems might break down. (I refuse to believe the system is already broken.) Our young people have almost zero knowledge of American history, or world history for that matter, which explains why they believe socialism is such a good idea. Their knowledge of economics? Virtually non-existent. Belief in a higher power, like, dare I say, God? Nope. It’s literally every man for himself.

For me not to vote (even if I don’t like the choices) or not to fly the American flag is to dishonor my father’s service to his country and to dishonor every individual who gave of themselves to give us freedom beginning with George Washington and his peers and continuing with our current day veterans. (I realize many reading this will scratch their heads wondering who George Washington was or what he did.)BPS07022016_0001

For those who say the system is broken here, I dare you to spend a few months in Somalia or North Korea. Or perhaps you could ask yourselves who broke it? And your next question to yourself could be, “Am I part of the solution? Or part of the problem?”

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