*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View by Eric Reeve titled “A woman president” published in the Monday, Aug. 26 Lake Sun.
You don't elect a woman into the highest office in the land just because you feel it is now time for a female as president. This is such a superficial desire and lacks the real character needed to hold such an important office.
Samuel Adams said, "..the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue... will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man."
He went on to say that public officials should not be chosen if they are lacking in experience, training, proven virtue, and demonstrated wisdom. (Life of S.M. 1:22)
Jefferson wrote and discussed a "natural aristocracy" or "freeman aristocracy." What our Founders were hoping for was to develop a spirit of 'public' virtue by having leaders of strong 'private' virtue. Jefferson believed this to be a most precious gift of nature for the instruction, the trusts, and government of society. (Writing of T.J., 9:425)
Franklin, at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, gave a serious speech on "the need to fix the course of American public service so that it would attract men of public virtue and repel scoundrels scrambling for a soft job."
He warned our future progeny what to expect "if future generations of Americans permitted the lure of high salaries to be associated with public offices."
This 'Sage of Philadelphia' stated, "Reason will never be wanting for proposed augmentations; ..... there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed, the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less." (Writings of B.F., 9:591)
Does this sound anything like the virtues of Hillary Clinton? Her service to this nation was exemplary and untarnished... REALLY? Remember the Benghazi investigation and the outrageous statement she made, "What difference does it make."
Ask that same question to the families of Ambassador Chris Stephens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty and I will bet they know the answer. It matters! Hillary Clinton is an enabler to her philandering husband, Bill Clinton. His personal vises are despicable, not to mention that he lied to the American public, which is an impeachable offense.
Together they relegated the stature of the Governor's Mansion in Arkansas and the White House to something akin to a red light district.
To state that, "as the long suffering wife of Bill, you would like to see a little pay back if she were elected president and he was to serve as the nation's first First man," is not a scenario I would like to see for this country.
Page 2 of 3 - To seriously state "having a former president as a close advisor would be the best of all situations for the nation's first woman in the oval office doesn't hurt, and that after all he is a Rhodes scholar,” is condescending, patronizing and you really need to check in with your PC calculator.
To state that “having Hillary as our next president would set the standard for all future presidents to attempt to emulate,” sets the standards to the Office of President to an all time low.
The Declaration of Independence clearly states that 'ALL MEN are created equal.' They are talking about humanity here not gender but ALL MAN. If you want to limit yourself to just a female candidates for president why not Susana Martinez, Governor of Utah.
She graduated an honor student from high school, has a bachelor degree in criminal justice and received her Juris Doctor degree from University of Oklahoma school of law. Then there is Mia Love, former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Let’s not forget Condoleezza Rice, who was an International Affairs Fellow to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She was the director of Soviet and East European Affairs with the NSC and a special assistant to Bush 41. She served on the Federal Advisory Board of gender integrated training in the Military and under Bush 43 was the National Security Advisor and later became the U.S. Secretary of State. She also held the office of Provost of Standford University while also holding the office of Chief Budget and Academic officer.
The caliber of their qualifications are fitting for the Office of President.
Holding one of the highest offices in the land requires a person of virtue, with a moral compass, who believes in a defined difference of right and wrong, not a slide rule of not so bad.
Someone who believes that this country is exceptional, has a good grasp of our American history and versed in the writings of our Founding Fathers. Someone who knows where the authority of governance comes from, which is "We the People."
Someone who believes in, and follows the Constitution, a person who actually believes in their solemn oath of office, to "support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic," someone who, "will bear true faith and allegiance to the same" and takes "this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office."
The Office of the President should not be used as a social engineering project. It should not matter if that person is a man or woman nor should it matter what race they are.
Page 3 of 3 - This office should be held by one of our finest and best, someone who believes in what this Nation stands for and who believes in our Constitution.