Submitted by ashtonmsimmons
Charles de Gaulle once famously asked of the French, “how can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” In the United States, the melting pot eventually became the salad bowl, and multiculturalism has long been one of the paramount virtues of American society. However, election season often brings with it polarizing identities and narrowly defined voting constituencies. But whether we are identified as the 1%, the 47%, red, blue, rainbow, liberal, or conservative, we all retain a unique array of experiences and beliefs that bring vastly different expectations for our leaders.
Half of the country will not vote for the man who wins on November 6. But when the winner is sworn into office in January, he will vow to represent not only those who vote for him, but the rest of the population as well. To effectively lead the country, the new president will need to empathize with the population in all its diversity. Whether a leader is running the country, directing a corporation or firm, or heading a student organization, she should understand the distinct human experiences that make up the people she is representing.