Hillary Rodham Clinton should not run for office in 2016. Such a statement is almost guaranteed to be met with vicious hate mail from feminists, hipsters, Democrats, and just about anyone who does not identify with the ideals or principles on the Right side of the political spectrum. Before the comments start to roll in, the idea that Clinton should not run for president has nothing to do with her gender.
The time is ripe for a female president in the United States. One of the few things that Americans on both sides of the aisle can agree on is that Barack Obama has successfully shattered the idea that the president needs to be a stuffy old white guy. Instead, an individual can be young, idealistic, charismatic, and any race on the planet and be the leader of this nation. That is something everyone should be celebrating. The door is wide open for a woman to step into one of the most important political positions in the world. However, just like with a male president, not just any female will do. She needs to be a woman of character, a lady who stands for the principles of truth, justice, and will take her role as defender of the Constitution seriously. Unfortunately, Clinton has not demonstrated that she possesses any of these qualities, which are essential to leading the country.
If one is thinking that this statement is untrue, here are a few reasons Hillary Rodham Clinton should not run for office in 2016. The American people are tired of the dishonesty from politicians at all levels. President Obama and his predecessors have made lying an art form that has now come to be expected from elected officials. Clinton has a proven track record of being less than honest with the American people. The most recent example of this is her involvement in the Benghazi scandal, where she and a number of other top officials in the government continue to blame shift rather than assume responsibility for the events that transpired. Many, including former Rep. Allen West, believe that Clinton chose politics over people, deciding to focus on placing herself in a favorable position for a 2016 presidential run. Whether this is true or not, much of Clinton’s conduct during this investigation has been questionable, which does not look good for someone desiring to be in the highest leadership position in the land.
Hillary Clinton would be running as a Democrat, and the citizens of the country do not view her party with much favor at the moment. President Obama’s approval rating has toppled in recent months from 43 percent, down to 41 percent. Much of this dissatisfaction stems from the massive debacle that is ObamaCare, along with the IRS scandal and the manner in which the Benghazi matter has been handled. People are not happy with the performance of Democrats, who will have had eight years to fix the economy. Since Clinton is part of that same establishment, that means if she is elected, the country is in for more of the same tired policies, which have already proven to be ineffective.
Clinton is a huge supporter of the state, with many of her policy positions falling into the “big government” category. She is a huge supporter of social welfare programs, which are expanding and growing at a rate that is completely unsustainable in the long-term. Clinton’s solution to this problem is wealth redistribution through taxes, as is evidenced by advocating to repeal parts of Bush-era tax cuts. She has also not signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge, which promises not to create new taxes or raise ones that are already in effect.
Clinton’s stance on the free-market is also alarming, as this system is the cornerstone of a free republic. She has stated in the past that a free market that is not regulated by the government is a disruptive force in the lives of Americans. For the last 12 years America has had people in the White House (both Democrat and Republican) who have abandoned free market principles, and it has ended in nothing but disaster. The country’s economy may not survive another big government president bent on manipulating the market in the name of “income equality.” Politicians would be surprised at how effective a true free-market system works when the government gets out of the way. Of course, smaller government means a loss of power, so that might be part of the hesitancy to let the “invisible hand” of the market work its magic.
Is the country ready for a female president? Absolutely. Women are just as capable and intelligent as any man out there, and some probably more so. Again, gender is not the issue. America needs candidates of both sexes with strong character and a dedication to free market principles and the Constitution. The nation must continue to look, since it is quite clear that if this criteria is followed, Hillary Rodham Clinton should not run for office in 2016.
Opinion by Michael Cantrell