Let The Merit Decide

  • October 29, 2016
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I just read the news headline across many newspapers today where a lot of disappointment was expressed over the fact the new Secretary General of the UN was not a woman. It struck me as being extremely enlightening. Had it not been pointed out to me I would have completely missed this crucial point. So, I walked down the street, as I do every day, to sit and chat with my friend Chet, who runs the local smoke shop and used to go to school with me. I tease him a lot because he stopped growing around 4the grade and I grew up to be a little over 190cm. Yes, he is one who would be called a little person to be politically correct but since he calls me all the names under the sun I call him shorty.
As we started discussing, I asked him if he lamented the fact that not enough little people have become prominent politicians. The only politician I could think of was Alan Eggleston, a senator in Australia. He said that he too had the dream of watching a little person become the president of the United States. He said that so much emphasis was paid to the looks that it was practically impossible for someone like him would be taken seriously. He said that he was unable to understand to what it meant when Donald Trump said that “Hillary did not look Presidential”.
I agreed with him on that as I too had failed to understand how one could look presidential. As I walked back home I started thinking how we have been put in boxes by the society. I am a tall black man so I am in the box will the black men. My wife is in two boxes that of a woman and that of an African American Woman, my friend is a white school graduate male and a little person and so on and so forth. I can tell you I was happy to see a black president of the USA despite the fact I am republican and I voted for John McCain. I was genuinely happy to see the public chose someone despite his skin color not because of it.
That is just my argument. I ill love to see a woman head of UN but not because of her gender, rather despite of it. Choosing someone to an office because of a non-performing criteria is dangerous for the nation completely. I read a piece on the web that really touched me. It read, "Such terms as dwarf, little person, LP, and person of short stature are all acceptable, but most people would rather be referred to by their name than by a label."
I am not an African-American in my mind. I have never been to Africa nor do I feel any kinship to that distant land. I am an American and my dream is that we all be Americans, judged by the merit and quality of our thoughts and actions, not the race, gender or sexual orientation. I agree some of us more equal than others. Some are more courageous and some more wise, but even when we appreciate these qualities we must not look for the box in which we might fit together.
I found the question about the gender of the Secretary General elect as demeaning to women. Today’s woman needs no special consideration. She will win at all costs so long as she is just one of the contenders, and the most meritorious one.
We ran a question a few months back where we asked how people felt about an all-woman White House. The readers of Vote.us.org said say had nothing against it, but they would like to see the most qualified candidates in the White House. If that candidate happens to be a woman, it will be the icing on the cake, but not a deciding factor when we vote.
We will make a good future for ourselves only by promoting merit at all costs. Deserving people at suitable places make our lives easier, makes the world a better place.
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