US election 2016: Time to break the White House patriarchy

Mrs Clinton

Mrs Clinton

Hilary Diane Rodham Clinton has made history by becoming the Democratic Party’s candidate. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, she is set to lead the party in the November general elections in the United States of America.

She now awaits what appears to be a formal endorsement from the party’s national convention scheduled for Philadelphia, Pennsylvanian this month.

The presumptive nominee cruised to victory over the Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, winning 16 million votes, enough pledges and superdelegates to pass the threshold for nomination, after months of exciting democratic presidential primaries.

Mrs Clinton weathered the storm of criticisms over her use of private email address and server for official work and security lapses in the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans including Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

“Mrs Clinton could become Madame President, we have never had a woman hold the most powerful job in the world before,” a BBC World News Presenter, Katty Kay has opined.

The former Secretary of State, an inspirational figure for billions of women around the globe becomes the first woman in the history of American politics to win a presidential nominee of a major political party.




And indeed, history beckons the former first lady to become the first ever woman to occupy the Oval Office Desk which was donated to the American people by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

America made history in 2008 electing a black American, Barack Obama, whose late father is a Kenyan, to lead the world’s leading industrial power and military might. History beckons America once more to have the first female President.

A face off between Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump is envisaged at the 58th quadrennial elections on November 8, 2016 in the US to elect the 45th President of the US.

What more will be a pre-birthday gift to Mrs Clinton who will be two weeks away from her 69th birthday on the general election day.

Since 1789 when George Washington was elected President of the US, no woman has ever occupied the highest office of the American land.

President Obama, whom Mrs Clinton  lost to at her first attempt in 2008, and served as the Secretary of State in his administration, has already declared his support and endorsed her candidature:“I do not think there is ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”

Extolling the virtues and suitability of Mrs Clinton, President Obama added:“I am with her, I am fired up and I cannot wait to get out there to campaign for her, she is got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.

I have seen her judgment, I have seen her toughness, I have seen her commitment to our values.”

The Democrats are fired up to make sure that Mrs Clinton gets the nod to succeed her former boss. Mrs Clinton also fired the first salvo declaring that the presumptive nominee for the rival Republican Party, Donald Trump “is temperamentally unfit to be President and Commander-in-Chief.”

Bracing up to support the campaign for a woman’s occupancy of the White House, Sanders who had closed rank with his rival lashed out at Trump “we will continue doing everything that we can to oppose the drift which currently exists toward an oligarchic form of society where a handful of billionaire exercise enormous power over political, economic and media life.”




“I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become President of US,” he added.

There are some who are not enthused with Hilary’s victory as the Democratic presumptive nominee and she becoming the President of US, with a comment on social media that “gender alone is not good reason to vote for anyone to do it just to make history, is irrational.”

“She’s old news,” “she’s just old,” “she’s stiff,” “she doesn’t connect with us,” were some of the responses from young American women, on a survey carried out by Katty Kay about the suitability of Mrs Clinton.

Suffice it to hear what Marco Rubio said at a Republican debate:“If this election is going to be a resume competition, then Hilary Clinton is going to be the next President because she is been in office and in government longer than anybody else running here tonight.”

The former First Lady did not come this far easy and cheap. She comes this far on the back of a rich political life experience with nearly four decades of public service, occupying key positions as First Lady for eight years during the term of her husband’s (Bill Clinton) presidency (1993-2001), Senator for New York, being the first American First Lady to have been elected to that position, and a former Chief Diplomat of the World’s most powerful and influential country.




The Former US Secretary of State is known to have travelled to 112 countries campaigning for social justice and equality, including campaign for women’s rights. She had won far more women delegates than any America woman but lost.

She is the recipient of many awards and honours for her public service, including the recipient of the Best Spoken World Album and the Glamour Award for the Trialblazer.

“Nearly every foreign policy victory of President Obama’s second term has secretary of state Clinton’s finger print on it,” Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic Leader said of the former Yale Law professor who was named in 1988-91 by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

A Former Secretary of Energy and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson reportedly  credited the 68-year-old  presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party for “rebuilding America’s leadership and prestige overseas after the Bush years,” adding she did much to restore the shattered credibility of US which had lost so much influence following the failed foreign policies of the previous administration.

According to Richardson, Mrs Clinton helped to restore alliance with European Union and key Asian Allies as well as key relationships in Africa and Latin America.

The Third President of US, Thomas Jefferson, a founding Father of America and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence believes America is the world’s best hope for spread of freedom and human dignity.

The position of the most respected and influential voice during the American Revolution has shaped America as the world’s most democratic society, founded on the principles of liberty, equality and freedom.

America is an exporter of “Jeffersonian Democracy” through its bilateral and international development cooperation; providing technical and financial support to her allies in the building of institutions to uphold the values of democracy, good governance, rule of law, and indeed the empowerment of women to take their rightful places in societies.

America is known to have helped toppled regimes perceived to be dictatorial and abusive of human rights for the restoration of democracy.

America, as part of her democratic culture, is known for its unflinching support for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), even where such unorthodox sexual orientations  are affront to divinity.

The question now is, will America uphold her democratic credentials, especially the democratic right of a woman of substance, a woman of competence, a women of dignity, to make a claim to the highest office of the land?

Or will it be a mere democratic rhetoric and the perpetuation of the status quo of the patriarchy of the white house?

America must not be found wanting when it matters most!

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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