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Chan Lowe: The President's big jobs speech


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This is one of those times in our nation’s history when I wish women were running things. No, by that I don’t mean that through some cruel twist of fate, a President Bachmann faces off against a Speaker Pelosi after next November. Those two ladies have lived and succeeded in the cage match of Washington politics for too long, and already have too much testosterone thumping through their veins.

I’m talking about sensible, mature women who don’t view the stewardship of this country as a zero-sum game. The kind of women who first sit down together and pull out pictures of their grandchildren, ooh and aah over them, and then leave them out there on the table so that they never forget what their meeting is really about.

After the pleasantries, they listen carefully to each other (an art which has been lost of late), take all their concerns into account with respect even for those they don’t agree with, and work out a way to make things happen where everybody wins something. It is possible, if one keeps one’s eye on the ball rather than on one’s own ego and the scoreboard.

Men, unfortunately, are not capable of this. Whether they realize it or not, their self-image is so fragile and so in need of constant care and feeding that they almost always put its welfare before that of the country they purportedly serve. In their minds, the two become conjoined, and they lose sight of the fact that what is best for one may be harmful to the other. To give way on anything erodes one’s sense of manhood, which is an imaginary construct important only to the possessor.

This, not incompatible ideology, is what is at the core of our governmental gridlock.

If you agree, you know what to do come the next election.

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Chan,
There are not many times where I agree with you but you are absolutely correct. A major step in the right direction would be for a woman to become President in 2012. Not a Republican but a Democrat. The entire country, really the entire world, is recognizing the Obama mistake should last only one term. Our country is best served with a split in power. In that it is a lock that the House and Senate will be Republican controlled, the Democrats need to hold onto the White House. It is time for Obama to say what Johnson said; "In the best interest of the country I will not seek a second term". Hillary can win in 2012 and she can govern. She can even run under the theme "The President America Should Have Had"


Chan,

There is no evidence a woman is more capable than a man at leadership or decision making. Historically female leaders have had the same flaws as their male counterparts.

Isabella I of Castile of Spain helped establish the Inquisition in Andalusia, which led to the expulsion from Spain of over 170,000 Jews.

Victoria, Queen of England oversaw the lengthiest and costliest wars in England's history.

Imelda Marcos was defacto leader in the Philippines when her husband became ill and oversaw greed at the highest level of government.

Even Hillary Clinton made up lies about being shot at and in protective armor while on a visit to war-torn Yugoslavia just for her own ambition of higher office.

Let's stop degrading men and promoting women in the media, television and our culture beyond facts and reality.

We are equal, both with strengths and weaknesses. Embrace the strengths and accept people for the accomplishments rather than gender.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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