Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Woman President

Well, with all the press surrounding Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman these days, I think it's pretty appropriate to discuss why I don't think a woman should be the President of the United States.  I actually think a lot of folks might agree with me on this *extremely* controversial topic.  Honestly, the only reason why I can even mention it is because I am a woman.  

First of all, let me say that I like Sarah and Michelle.  In fact, I think they are both very intelligent, very capable, and very powerful women.  They are leaders, no doubt.  But, I don't think either of the should be our next president.  

Women and men are wired differently.  They are designed differently.  Now, I will say that I think a lot of us women (I've been here, too...) have tried to go against our nature at times, because characteristics such as "emotional" or "soft" or even (brace yourselves) "dependent" are not praised in our society.  They are seen as weak.  I, on the other hand, see a woman as confident and strong when she can embrace those characteristics as qualities and not weaknesses.  So, what does this have to do with the presidency?

I do not think women are wired for a position like the presidency.  I do think women make good leaders, and I also think we are an essential and equally important part of government and society as men.  Especially with regard to women like Sarah and Michelle, to assume the position of president would to put your responsibilities as a wife and mother aside.  There is no way that Sarah Palin can be the type of mother to her children that they need her to be and run the most powerful country in the world.  And, if she were being that type of mother there is no way she could do a good job at running the country.

Now, I'm not one to believe that the United States needs to do things based on how other countries will react, but in this situation, I think it's appropriate.  When it comes to our relationship with Arab countries, a woman president will weaken us.  The men in power in such countries do not respect women and do not see them as equal to men, so they would certainly not respect a woman as our president.  I think it could be empowering to them.  

I'm curious to know how others feel about this.  I've talked with people about it and found out that there are others who have the same, or similar, hesitations that I do.  Do I seem like an anti-feminist?  Sexist?  Or does it seem logical?  It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days.  Who knows, maybe Condi Rice will join the race, too?  That would make things interesting...

5 comments:

  1. This is a really interesting topic Rebecca, and I'm glad you brought it up because I don't think a guy could without being labeled a chauvinist pig or even a misogynist.

    First, I agree mostly with your premise, but would like to throw in a few caveats. Men and women are definitely wired differently, yet our PC-dominated culture continues to ignore this fact when discussing issues like this.

    Can some women make good presidents? Yes, I don’t think there’s any question. In the Bible, Deborah is portrayed as an effective battlefield general and judge. In more modern times, Margaret Thatcher was a great prime minister in Britain. There are plenty of other recent examples of women being effective leaders, some of which you mentioned: Michelle Bachmann, Condi Rice, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina all come to mind.

    All that being said, I often have problems with women pursuing high offices of power. Take Palin, for example. My main problem with Sarah is that she still has young children at home, especially Trig, who is a special needs child. I hate to say this, but I feel like many of Bristol’s problems might stem from the fact that Sarah was busy being a good governor and not being a good mother. I know that sounds harsh, but I sometimes believe it’s true. I think Palin was a good governor and can have a promising future in politics, but wish she hadn’t spent so much time pursuing politics while her children were so young and while they obviously needed her. Yet despite these misgivings, I would still vote for her over Barack Obama, because I believe she would make a better president than him.

    So while I agree that men are probably wired better for executive positions and while I wish that most women wouldn’t pursue such offices for family reasons, these facts won’t stop me for voting for conservative women over liberal men.

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  2. Rebecca KachuriakJune 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Thanks for your comment, Matt. Yep, Sarah shouldn't run. Yep, I'd vote for her before I'd vote for an Obama liberal, but she would be denying her main God-given responsibilites if she ran as president.

    This is a really tough subject. I do see where women in the Bible were great leaders...Deborah, Esther, etc. But, I also see where the Bible lays out a pretty distinct order, especially when it comes to marriage. While all sexes are "equal" in marriage as far as value, it is pretty clear that the roles of husband and wife are different. Seems off the subject, but here's where I'm going: How can a married woman be a submissive wife and also the leader of the western world? Not that a woman cannot be a good wife and be a good leader, but the fact is that as president, a woman would be "leading" her husband as well. It would certainly be more difficult to maintain roles with such power. Not to mention that it could be "demasculating" (word?) for the husband or "First Gentleman". Just some thoughts...

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  3. Rebecca, just a hypothetical question, but would it change your mind if the woman running as president was single or a widow?

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  4. hmmm...It would definitely be different for me. I still think that women aren't wired the same as men, but certainly a woman who isn't denying her other God-given responsibilities by being president (namely her duties as a wife and mother) would be a different situation than, say, Palin. I'll think about this a little more, too...

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