America and Australia have a lot in common. We share a common culture, speak the same language (well, sort of, HA!), Legal Philosophy and, of course, we’re both chips off the old British Block. I spent five or six days in Sydney, back in the 60s, and found that our many similarities were certainly inter-spliced with differences. But, now I understand–there is something more.
President Obama has been putting up with a considerable amount of Racism–under the guise of Obstructionism. And, the “Leaders” in the GOP claim that it is all his fault for not “reaching across the Aisle”. Nonsense! This has been going on for 4 1/2 years, now, and I’m certain that he really does have more important business to attend to.
Down Under, in Australia, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had the rug pulled out from under her after only three years, and by her own Labor Party. It’s only right to point-out, that she was her Party’s Deputy when she used a Parliamentary Procedure to force (then) Prime Minister, Brian Rudd out. So, now, he is just returning the “favor”. The linked article is from the NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/06/opinion/in-australia-misogyny-lives-on.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=print.
Certainly no one claims that President Obama was right in everything he did during his tenure, and the same can be said for Ms. Gillard. But, they also haven’t really been given the chance or the cooperation to accomplish what is best for their respective Countries.
When Obama first took Office, in early 2009, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that the GOP’s first, second and third priorities were to make President Obama a One-Term President. As the article, by Julia Baird, noted, Ms. Guillard’s term was focused more on criticizing the choice of her clothes, her appearance, her figure, etc. Neither were given the true attention that they certainly were due.
I believe that these two situations merely reflect the Bigotry that is still present in Western Society: only it might be more subtle. Mr. Obama ran into outright Racism, and Ms. Gillard ran into Misogyny. As the writer cites, Ms. Gillard proclaimed that the fact that she DID, in fact, serve as Prime Minister will, indeed, make it easier for the next Woman, and the Next, etc. Likewise, I don’t believe that anyone doubts that President Obama’s role, as a trailblazer, will make it easier for future Black Men and Women to aspire to the Oval Office either.