Word Is: Ladies Choice!
January 1, 1970Ladies have a shorter drive to the flag, in golf. Maybe they have a shorter drive to the goal, in general?
Ladies have a general sense of propriety, orienting details, giving credit to specific, outstanding affiliates to their group. While men are very goal oriented, they look to the horizon and reward the group in committee situations without singling out any one member for outstanding performance . The U. S. Navy discovered women to be detail oriented; while men are long range goal oriented. Together, both genders' instincts cover the board. The Big Board.
Building their own ‘Big Board' is the Leadership for Woman in their White House Project (www.whitehouseproject.org) shows a Parade Magazine poll including, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton D-NY 43% ; Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State 29%; the next six with less than ten percent name Mayor Shirley Franklin D, Atlanta; Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-KS; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchenson R-TX; Gov. Janet Napolitano D-AZ; Sen. Susan Collins D-ME; Sen. Olympia Snowe D-ME as possible candidates for President of the United States in 2008. That's ladies' choice.
When, the question ‘What would the nation think of a woman president?' one psychologist said on CNN that the popular opinion would be one of shock and dismay, but after less than a week the country would settle down to business as usual. That's what they said about the Iraq invasion. Most of us want to hear, ‘Peace!' whatever the addenda, however, no man dare put words in the woman's mouth. The refrain, here is ladies' choice.
"Say Babe," we call out to Sue McCloud, "What up with all the trees going into the center strip on Ocean Avenue?" Still no word on the water for that, but ladies' choice looks great so far. Closer to the flag!
"What's still holding down the town's dirt?" That question is still out. All that seems in those answers shows acts already legislated after the woman took office, now. Carmel-by-the-Sea shows women completing the long range plan put in place by the women who run the village dedicated to preserving the trees. Bear in mind, Sue was not the first women in the Carmel Mayor's Office, just the first to go against the original village ‘Magna Carta' and cut down all the important trees. She was the one who made sacrifices of man-hours and material to hedge (no pun intended) disease, dispose of the losses without fanfare and restore equanimity to the people. Parallel to the White House policy on Iraq war – intended.
Word is, our Secretary of State is wasting our time with her diplomacy on war issue. I mean, she wants to pay interest to fossil fuels corporations, when the real issue is trees. It's the man in the White House plan. That woman has to make it up to the foreign powers like a ventriloquist dummy, words from the Bush-man. Here in Carmel, no man put words in the mouth of our Mayor White.
The idea of a woman president, women in leadership is roughly 50% ladies' choice. Our local WCRs and Blue Hairs are probably saying. ‘And those ancients over 40 got new trees in Carmel. While it's only the water to make any difference' Word is: Ladies' choice has us all closer to the flag. Fact is, we want to keep clean air.
The White House Project named eight women for ‘08; and what we see are Trees!
"From the mouth of our Carmel Babes," I say, "let's save the new trees." It was ladies' choice. No diplomacy lost there.
The new leadership has a chance, so when they have a chance they buy into the same thing. Save the trees. No, real change. You know, as they said in THE DAY?! Change! Girls! Power! Same old game, just the skirts change. Or, do we call it ‘spin?'
During the California Primary Election of 1988, Proposition 227 named English our official language for education and business, which was overwhelmingly passed by the Latino communities. Now – "Come the revolution . . ." they said, in the day. – women leadership might come down to Ladies Choice.
Where do we go with this? I say to anybody who cares: I read the popular political policy and see it's the same locally as national. Same tune, sung in a different key. Boys make the policies, girls arrange the table afterwards. The ladies tee off closer to the goal.
We have a mayor, raised locally, a woman all her life; so maybe they offer something of local interest in national politics at the popular level after all?
How can a local columnist repeat hisself? Just did, see Carmel Voice March, 2005.
Word is: It's ladies' choice.
Though we're not really talkin' trees and clean water. Here's a breath of fresh air, what about a president, who's a girl?
I said it before, wrote it again different this time. Don't forget to baste the turkey. However you see it: Ladies Choice.
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula over 40 years authored "Carmel - A Timeless Place.")