America should abolish the positon of first lady or change it

February 7, 2016, 3:08 pm

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The debate "America should abolish the positon of first lady or change it" was started by ReadyToBegin on February 7, 2016, 3:08 pm. 7 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 7 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. There is a tie in this debate, post your arguments, call some reinforcements and break this tie.

ReadyToBegin posted 4 arguments to the agreers part.


ReadyToBegin, SowmithriSrinivas, ProudAmerican888, The_Executioner, swp16 and 2 visitors agree.
stixkilla, voltagerage_21 and 5 visitors disagree.

ReadyToBegin
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Did you read my other comment?

3 years, 10 months ago

I can understand your perspective that she has considerable clout in the media, but there isn't really a position. She is just an outspoken person, so she gets media attention. I don't think we need to reevaluate the position of First Lady itself, but I could potentially see if you were saying that we give too much voice to Michelle Obama based on her husband's office. I don't think she has any more real power than any other figure in the public eye. Oprah would another example of someone with considerable media power without an elected office.

3 years, 10 months ago

it's not a position, what do you think she does?

3 years, 10 months ago
ReadyToBegin
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"The position of First Lady has no authority, no duties and no power. It is simply a way to say that she is married to the president. Why would we create an elected position with absolutely no power or purpose? Or are you saying that voters should be able to say who the president is married to? "

- I did state that. I feel like the way the media works the position it should be changed. Like how Michelle Obama (nothing against her) can do so much as first lady. I think it has this power given to it in a way from perseption. Like how they expect health and education reform or talks from her. I don't believe the last one, though I hope they are knowledgable.
-I do understand your point though like governors husband's and wives.

"The power and influence wielded by the First Lady is purely because she is in the public eye. Just like anyone else who is famous, she can influence public opinion. Her only power is based on people listening to her and deciding she is right. This is no different than any other celebrity, but I would argue that her actions are far more constrained since anything she does will reflect on her husband"

True. I feel like she has more influence as the president's wife however. She is given a place to speak, that I don't think is deserved in the way others have to fight for it. That is true.

Maybe I will rethink my position.

3 years, 10 months ago

The position of First Lady has no authority, no duties and no power. It is simply a way to say that she is married to the president. Why would we create an elected position with absolutely no power or purpose? Or are you saying that voters should be able to say who the president is married to?

The power and influence wielded by the First Lady is purely because she is in the public eye. Just like anyone else who is famous, she can influence public opinion. Her only power is based on people listening to her and deciding she is right. This is no different than any other celebrity, but I would argue that her actions are far more constrained since anything she does will reflect on her husband.

3 years, 10 months ago

Also (even though she has no offical duties) the first lady has so much influence that it should really be someone capable. Not just anyone married should be in that role or related.

3 years, 10 months ago
ReadyToBegin
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Because it is striaght, legal nepotism. How does being the president's wife make someone capable? Not to say America hasn't had great first ladies, but it would be better if it was an electable position.

3 years, 10 months ago

Why?

3 years, 10 months ago
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