History and Structure of Government

Is it possible for a U. S. citizen to be represented by a leader of a different gender or race? Why or why not? It's possible for the United States to be lead by a woman, like Hillary Clinton, or somebody from the minority, like Barack Obama. As a democratic state, the U. S. can be governed by anyone who meets the basic requirements that are enumerated in the Constitution. On a woman or a minority's capacity to govern effectively, the question would be on their experience, knowledge of the laws, capacity to handle domestic and foreign relationships, and their dedication to the country's welfare.

It doesn't matter whether the president is a lady or a minority. What's important is for that person to have a commanding presence, a good head, a sensible mind, and a humane nature. There is, of course, the possibility that having a leader who's not male and white would make traditional and conservative sectors resent, whine, and grumble. Having a leader who's a female or a minority would spark tensions in some groups who are set in their thinking that the nation should be lead by the male, white presidents.

How to command respect from these people is a challenge that a woman president or a minority president would have to overcome. Without support from this group, there would be a lot hurdles that the next president would have to face in executing his or her duties. 2)    Will U. S. government policies really change if a woman (like Hillary Clinton) or a minority person (like Barack Obama) is elected as President? Why or why not? Government policies would change every now and then not because of the gender or race of the leader.

The changes would be based on the needs of the country and its people. Policies are made to answer needs and provide solutions to problems facing the government at certain times. They won't change just because the president maybe a woman or a minority. A woman president may be viewed as fickle, while a minority leader might be accused of favoritism. However, these people aren't alone in policy-making. There is the Senate and Congress that check and balance power in the government.

There is also the Supreme Court to intrepret and mediate whenever questions concerning the legality and constitutionality of policies will become an issue. If a woman president will push for pro-women legislations, these bills will only be approved if majority of the policymakers will see the benefits it will provide to the nation as a whole. As for a black president making policies favoring the African-American minorities, the same thing will happen. The senators and congressmen will have to study and debate over the policy's pros and cons before approving or rejecting the policy.