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Just wanted to note that Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker of the House today, as I'm sure all you U.S.ers know. I have no idea what kind of Speaker Pelosi will be. But I find it significant that, for the first time in U.S. history, a woman is two heartbeats away from the presidency. Another mention goes to Charles Rangel who is now chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. So my question is: what are your thoughts to explain the lack of minorities, of any sort, ever holding the offices of Vice President or President? Can it really all be attributed to prejudice or are there other reasons?
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Well...one and a half heartbeats if you are talking about Cheney. Someone, please jump out and say BOOO! to this man....please?Mr. P. Mr. P's place. I warned you!!!Mr. P's Bookshelf.I'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - AsanaThe one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.The pain in hell has two sides. The kind you can touch with your hand; the kind you can feel in your heart...Scorsese's "Mean Streets"I came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
Perhaps a lack of economic and educational opportunities is also a factor, but those problems are symptoms of the basic problems of prejudice and cultural stereotypes that are behind the lack of diversity in government. These problems have hardly disappeared, but they are lessening, and the result will be a government that more accurately represents the people.