According to a recent Human Events article, likely presidential contender Hillary Clinton should not be the default candidate for voters looking for a women’s rights champion. In reality, writer Jamie Hope concludes, potential candidate Ben Carson possesses such attributes in a far greater capacity.
The article centers around the leaders’ disparate background, indicating that Carson has been influenced far more by struggles many women in America face than Clinton. As the renowned neurosurgeon explained, his mother managed to raise a family by herself despite her deeply disadvantaged status.
“She worked two to three jobs at a time because she didn’t want to be on welfare,” he said. “Even though she only had a third grade education, she was very observant, and she noticed that no one she saw go on welfare came off of it.”
One of 24 children, Hope wrote that Carson’s mother was raised in foster care and married a 28-year-old man when she was just 13. The couple soon divorced when she realized he had another family. As a result, her son witnessed firsthand the trials single mothers encounter every day in this country.
“He experienced the adversity a woman can face without actually being one,” Hope wrote, including poverty and other societal ills.
Nevertheless, she pointed out, he was able to become a huge success due in part to his mother’s dedication to her family and his own hard work. Meanwhile, Hope pointed out that Clinton was raised with all of the advantages Carson missed.
She pointed out that the former secretary of state’s family included a stay-at-home mother and successful father. After growing up in a Chicago suburb and enrolling in Wellesley College, Clinton transferred to Yale University, where she met her future husband and the nation’s future president.
“She would later become the First Lady, a Senator representing New York State and served as secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term,” Hope wrote.
The article maintained Clinton has benefited from a “charmed life,” largely devoid of any hardships based on her gender. Hope concluded that Clinton’s assertion that climate change is a women’s issue shows how far removed she is from the everyday issues affecting women.
According to the author, Carson’s background as a doctor makes it clear that he “values the lives of women from the womb to the tomb,” which she wrote is contrary to Clinton’s proudly pro-abortion stance.
For voters interested in a candidate who will stand up for women’s issues, Hope insisted that the choice is clear.
“Even though Hillary R. Clinton could run for president in 2016,” she wrote, “she should not get the female vote simply for being one.”
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