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The Quiet Gender Revolution

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: women, politics, elections, candidates, democrats, americans )

- 1801 days ago -
American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed. Take the discussions of the 2016 presidential election which, as a matter of habit, we have begun even before the end of the first year of the current president's ...

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Joanne D (38)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:54 am
While I definitely want to see more women in politics, I am more interested in a candidate's political stands (and guts) than in his or her gender. What I foresee is being force to vote for Hillary (who incidentally I once respected) in 2016 just to prevent some Rethuglican from getting elected, followed by 4 to 8 years of more disappointment like the disappointments of Obama's terms. And that is the BEST case scenario. It could get lots worse. Well, maybe things will change between now and then.

Carol H (229)
Monday July 15, 2013, 2:09 pm
bring it!!!!

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 15, 2013, 3:04 pm
We still have a long way to go.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:13 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Jason S (50)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:28 pm
Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:58 pm
I like Hillary. Somebody got a problem with that?

Past Member (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:10 pm
I love her Oliver and I'd proudly vote for her ~ already got my 2016 bumper sticker!

Past Member (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:14 pm
I apologize if I sounded argumentative just now, but here in AZ you don't say things like that too loudly.

Gene J (290)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:11 am
"Jensen pointed to the “Madam President” campaign being organized by EMILY’s List, which raises money to elect Democratic women and has been insisting that pollsters (and pundits) recognize how presidential gender politics has changed. “It’s not like I’m making this stuff up,” said Stephanie Schriock, the organization’s president, who noted there are now 16 Democratic and four Republican women in the Senate.

Schriock can offer a lengthy list of women who need to be considered over the long haul, including New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (the only woman in American history to have served as both a U.S. senator and a governor), along with Sens. Warren, Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota."

It may be quiet but it is very real. And I agree with Joanne, I am not looking forward to a Hillary candidacy in 2016 but I AM very much looking forward to a female President, perhaps that soon. I absolutely love Elizabeth Warren and think she would make an outstanding chief executive, but I would hate to lose her in the Senate as well where she is every bit as good as I thought she would be while contributing to her campaign last summer and fall. Amy Klobuchar is one of my Senator's and would also make a good chief executive, she was an outstanding Hennepin County Attorney (elected post, Minneapolis's county is Hennepin, more than a million residents), I am also an Emily's List supporter and contributor.

I have been saying here for more than a year this very thing, that a shift in power is coming, around the world, not just here. Men have run things since the dawn of recorded history and the bloody results of that experiment are evident all around us in the historical record AND the conditions of the world today. My gender has bollixed up everything it has touched from religion to business to government, badly, very badly. It is time that change. Women do things differently, yes, that is a stereotype but it is also an observation over more than 45 years in the military and civilian work force. It is time they had a chance to exercise the reins of power and they will. Ironically, MEN are driving this change, not only republican men with their incessant war on women, but democratic men as well, who pay lip service to women's rights but when the chance comes to do the right thing, don't. An example, the current representative in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District is Betty McCollum, replacing Bruce Vento another very good man, we had NO women Representatives in Congress and it was TIME. In my opinion, men should have stayed out of that race, she was clearly the best qualified candidate, but that didn't stop democratic men from challenging her in the primary after she won endorsement at the convention. Their greed, egos and ambition overtook their values and she trounced them in the primary as well. And Minnesota got its first real female Congresswoman. She's been outstanding at her job ever since. Betty's story is playing out all over the country now and it is about time. Men have had our shot, it is time women have theirs. They could hardly do worse given the conditions that exist around the world today. As this happens, when this happens, we will see changes in how things get done as well as in why they get done. We will see more consensus building, more cooperative efforts and most importantly, the testosterone drop will lead to fewer bloody battles for power around the world. It is time and it will happen. And we will all be the better for it.

Patricia H (440)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:15 am

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:59 am
Right now I can't think of anyone stronger or better than Hilary for a Democrat candidacy in 2016. I have always like and respected her.
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