It’s time for American leadership to break the mold

By Urja Dave, West York Area High School
America: the country that millions dream about for asylum and opportunity. The country whose liberties and freedoms are summed up in one symbol — the American flag. There’s no doubt the United States is probably the freest country in the world; however, why hasn’t there been a leader who hasn’t been white, male, heterosexual and of a popular creed?


In the ’60s, the U.S. fought for the elimination of discrimination against African Americans, birth control had just been legalized and the National Organization for Women was founded. All the while, in 1966, on the other side of the world, India strayed from its comfort zone and elected Indira Gandhi — a woman — as its prime minister. It seems like India was ahead of the game, and let’s face it — India’s no America. In two inconsecutive terms, Prime Minister Gandhi served for 15 years!
In October, Angela Merkel became the first woman and the first person from the former East Germany to serve as chancellor of Germany. Now, sure, America has a tendency to poke fun at the Germans for being backward, but they just proved that they’ve moved past that.
And then there’s Canada, which gets blamed for everything. Silly Canadians! André Boisclair is the front-runner in the race to head the separatist Parti Québécois. Oh, did I mention, he’s gay? The New York Times article “Campaign Rule 1: Be No More Virtuous Than the Voters,

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5 Responses to It’s time for American leadership to break the mold

  1. Rod says:

    I think this is right on – and I’m white, male
    and heterosexual – but look where that trend has
    taken us – George Bush! I’d like to see a president who is either black, jewish or female –
    I don’t think we could handle all three wrapped into one -not yet – but any change that shakes
    us out of the old white guy syndrome would be
    welcome.

  2. K says:

    I don’t want you to get me wrong–I am all for diversity in leadership and everywhere else. That being said, however, I don’t think that I would want to be led by someone who was “a little bit fraudulent or even a little drugged.” I just don’t think that that’s how you get to be a great nation. A lot of Americans look for a leader with integrity in as many areas of life as possible (that’s why the public did not react well to the Watergate or Clinton/Lewinsky scandals). As to having female or minority presidents, that would be great, but more candidates from this group would need to run to have a chance at being elected. I don’t think this is a problem with the actual American people here, but with the politics who might choose to run for the presidency.

  3. Julie says:

    I think that sometimes we focus so much on the negative qualities and what our nation’s leader’s lack instead of seeing what qualities really do make them great leaders. Really, what is so wrong with having a white, male, heterosexual President? Don’t we live in a Democratic Republic? Doesn’t that mean that WE, the people, choose ONE of us to represent the group as a whole? Finally, let’s remember that the political pocess is one full of mud slinging garabage. Just because it’s be “written” doesn’t mean that it’s worth quoting!

  4. Don says:

    You mean we’re NOT being led by someone who’s “a little bit fraudulent or even a little drugged” ?!

  5. K says:

    While the fraudulency is questionable, I do not think that Mr. Bush uses drugs. That accusation has no evidence to support it. While he has been hit with DUIs in the past, he has his issues fairly under control as of now–unless I am mistaken, which is entirely possible. However, what I meant above was that fraudulency and drugedness are things that I general seek to avoid in leaders, not to embrace.

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