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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Stray Thought For the Day

America has become socially backward in a couple of respects. That popped into my head while reading this article, specifically this:

Getty Images, Via PinkNews
Leo Varadkar, the first gay leader of Ireland, has met with LGBT-friendly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – and they were so happy together.

Varadkar took office as Ireland’s Taoiseach last month, becoming one of just five openly gay heads of government in recent global history.

There are only two other openly gay leaders currently in office: Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić.

(For an explanation of the socks thing, see the article.)

There have actually been, according to Wikipedia, fourteen gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or otherwise not straight heads of government.

And according to Time, there have been 70 women elected or appointed as heads of government or heads of state*, which puts the U.S. behind such bastions of male privilege as Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Chile, Liberia. . . .

Get my drift?

We elected an idiot with no experience in politics, a shady history in his business dealings, and no impulse control over a woman who was eminently qualified to be president.

Think about that.

* To clarify, in a parliamentary system, the prime minister is the head of government, i.e. Theresa May of the UK; in that case, Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. In a parliamentary system with no monarch, the president is the head of state, which differs from a system such as ours, in which the president is both head of state and head of government.

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