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,