If Democratic hopes are fulfilled, Hillary Rodham Clinton will shortly become the 45th President of the United States, the first of her gender in history.
While that is indeed remarkable, it should be noted that the majority of America’s population is female which shows us just how undemocratic the US political system really is.
The brilliant wife of America’s second president, Abigail Adams (wife of John) implored him to, in her words, “remember the ladies.”
He, like most husbands, ignored her, and almost two centuries passed before women got to vote.
But the world has had its share of female leaders, and striving to outstrip their male counterparts, many a woman leader has unleashed the dogs of war, from Cleopatra of Ptolemaic Egypt, to queens of England.
In the modern era, Golda Meir of Israel, Indira Gandhi of India and Margaret Thatcher of Britain played the bloody game once regarded as ‘the sport of kings.’
Meir waged war against the Arabs, Thatcher unleashed her troops against Argentina over the Falkland (Malvinas) Isles, and Gandhi ordered an internal war against the Sikhs, shattering their holiest shrine, the Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Females, in positions of power, must assume a hyper masculine, muscular, martial stance. They do this to prove they are, after all, ‘one of the boys.’ And Hillary Rodham Clinton is truly, ‘one of the boys.’
While a Senator, she voted for the Iraq War, regarded by most serious foreign policy thinkers as the nation’s worst global blunder.
She prevailed as Secretary of State to destabilize Libya, and sent arms to anti-Khadafy Islamists. Of the assassination of Muammar el-Qaddafi, she famously boasted in a network television interview: “We came, we saw, he died.” Libya today is a smoldering charnel house.
Neo-liberals like her are so martial, so military-centric that her primary opponent, the manic Donald Trump (a Republican!) calls her a warmonger! (Worse still–he’s right!).
As Hillary Clinton ascends to the imperial throne, it is her decision-making, not her gender that is in question.
Women once ruled the world.
They may do so again.
Let them rule, with wisdom, compassion, and mercy.
And not in pantsuits, clamoring with the game of death, to be, just one of the boys.