Dean Manning

Dean Manning

With Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid going down faster than the Titanic, campaign workers and political pundits are asking why people have turned away from her.

There are those out there, such as columnist Susan Estrich, who contend that European-American (white) men, such as myself, won’t vote for her because she is a “she.”

Well this German-Irish-Catholic-American male wants the world to know it’s not that I won’t vote for a woman, I just refuse to vote for that woman. In the 1980s, wrestling characters claiming to be sent from the Soviet Union on orders from the Kremlin to go to the U.S. and dominate the wrestling world were popular. Wearing red and carrying the Russian flag, the wrestlers would go so far as to sing the Soviet National Anthem before the match.

In a nutshell, that is my problem with Hillary. I think she is in love with the idea of socialism and yearns for the day we have a socialist system in the United States. She would probably love to be remembered as the president who brought the wonderful socialist society to fruition in the United States.

Take a look and see how well that has worked for other countries that have tried it. China does not count because they have embraced areas of capitalism. It’s not going so well for countries such as Cuba and North Korea.

I don’t want the government involved in my health care decisions. I don’t think Social Security is a great program and I’m not counting on it to be there when I retire. If my house burns down, gets whacked by a tornado, drowned in a flood or taken out by a freak hurricane, it is my responsibility, along with the insurance I have on my house, to repair the damage, not the government’s. I think the United States remains a country where if you work hard you can get ahead. If your dream is to be CEO of General Motors, president of the United States, the next Colonel Sanders or Sam Walton, you can make that happen. Just understand, it is not going to be handed to you.

I think there are women who are more than capable of being president of the United States, just as there are men who I would not vote for under any circumstances.

I remember as a teenager and young adult seeing then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the evening news. There was a strong-willed woman who led a great nation and led it well. Do I want to see British pseudosocialism here in the United States? No! But, I know that Mrs. Thatcher would protect us from the people who would just love the opportunity to pull another 9/11.

Unfortunately, the Constitution prevents Thatcher from seeking the job.

Another woman that comes to mind is Secretary of State Cond-oleezza Rice. She has done more in the White House than host dinner parties, bake cookies and try to shove socialized medicine down our throats and have convenient timing on her memory loss.

There is a movement going around for soon-to-be Republican nominee John McCain to put Rice on the ticket as his vice-presidential candidate. All I can say to that is, “Go John!”

In addition to working in the George W. Bush administration as national security advisor and then secretary of state, she worked for the elder George Bush during his presidential tenure on the National Se-curity Council, concentrating on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The bottom line is, she has the practical experience to be president. Maybe in 2012 or 2016.



Staff writer Dean Manning can be reached by e-mail at dmanning@sentinel-echo.com or by telephone at 878-7400.

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