The United States is the most culturally diverse country in the world in terms of culture, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The diversity found in this country has created a distinctive culture that is unlike anywhere else in the world. Since the twentieth century, the country has become a haven for people from all over the globe. Indigenous people initially inhabited what is now the United States, and various European groups and African slaves settled upon this land. However, the political structure of the government has shown miniscule diversity in the legislative arena and even less in the Presidential elections thus limited policy change has been incorporated to enhance cultural diversity.
Since the 1800’s, the party of Lincoln has never fielded a person non-white skin as the president or vice presidential role. (Cannon) There has been one-woman and one Catholic nominee for the office in the Republican Party (Cannon). There also has not been a Jewish or Eastern religion nominee for this office. (Cannon)
As for the Democratic Party, they have portrayed a similar diversity path. They have only had one black and one-woman nominee for the presidential office. (Cannon) However, this party has nominated a non-“White Anglo Saxon Protestant” (WASP) (Cannon) Catholic in 1928 and 2004 and has elected one Catholic president and vice president. (Cannon) As for the Jewish religion, the party has only nominated one vice presidential nominee and one presidential nominee. (Cannon) Therefore, the remainder of the nominees and elected presidents fall within the category of all male White Anglo Saxon Protestants primarily from and Ivy League school background. (Cannon)
Although, the U.S. may be the most diverse country it still struggles with the (Reilly and Siddiqui) research has shown that the diversity of the political structure can strongly affect the outcomes of a nation. It affects the country by stagnating policy and laws to prevent social togetherness verse social division.
The political structure of the executive branch needs to portray the society not just the WASP community. Inclusion of other cultural backgrounds will allow for a broader perspective when developing and implementing policy affecting all Americans. Implementation of shorter terms and limited terms similar to the presidential chair should be enacted to increase minority inclusion and participation.
The election of the first African American president in 2008 was poised to destroy the diversity barrier but once the official swearing in began, the anti-diversity partisan exposed the true nature of this country and the political separatist. (Nuxoll) The office, President of the U.S. once held in the highest esteem in the world now is yielding diminutive respect from numerous political and social societies. This presidential figure is often challenged by the white and non-white Americas to culturally identify and represent their social societies. The election of this...