As a young boy, I grew up with a father who was a husband, a working man, an athlete and a preacher who had certain rules by which he lived. One, I remember well, was his predilection to insist we “cut to the chase” in any discussion. So let me “cut to the chase” vis-a-vis the current presidential election.

Let us be aware there will be one real issue that will dominate in the upcoming election. Media coverage to the contrary, party affiliation will be secondary, and qualifications for the highest elective office in America will not be the deciding factor.

There is one overriding factor that will be at the forefront of the upcoming election, just as there was a similar factor in play regarding the election of our last president. Remember, this was/is a man who had, in effect, done nothing of significance in life, has no definitive proof of American citizenship, bowed to the Saudi king and has called the Islamic call to prayer “one of the most beautiful sounds” on earth.

So why was Obama elected president? It wasn’t because he was the most eminently qualified individual, but because America wanted to prove to itself, and the world, that it was not racist – ergo they elected Barack Hussein Obama.

Today we come face to face with another issue confronting the American voting public. America has an extremely high percentage of voting-age college students, millennials, transsexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals and feminists. In addition, many normal Americans want to demonstrate that they are not racists, homophobes or anti-feminist.

So, let’s cut to the chase.

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Actual qualifications (ala Obama) have little to do with the matter, and since most politicians have a few blots on their public records, we, the voting public, are willing to overlook some of their missteps. Consequently, in order to prove, as Americans have previously done, that they were not racists by electing a black person, they now want to demonstrate they are not anti-feminist by electing a woman. Yes, you read that right. This not about qualifications, character, ability, experience, the American way, etc. This is about electing the first woman president in our history. 

Don’t believe me? Point out one continuing negative stream of reportage (absent Fox News) regarding Hillary Clinton. You will find high-ranking Republicans criticizing Trump and media reports on his gaffs and misstatements. Has Trump made dumb statements? Spoken out of turn? We all know the answer to those questions; now ask those same questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Also, please note here a few of the more than 70 countries that presently have, or have had, females as heads of state. Americans now want to prove they are as much in the 21st century as are these (less progressive) countries: Golda Meir, Israel; Margaret Thatcher, United Kingdom; Angela Merkel, Germany; Indira Gandhi, India; Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka; Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Iceland; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway; Corazon C. Aquino, Philippines; Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan. Immediately noticeable is the absence of the U.S. from the list.

Let me reiterate: America voted in Barack Hussein Obama to prove that we were not racists – and now comes the opportunity to demonstrate to the world (and ourselves) that we are not anti-feminist, sexist bigots.

So, the question is: Will it be “hooray for Hillary” – regardless of qualifications – other than the fact that she’s a woman?

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