Originally Posted by Fromper
Right. And Obama's a Muslim, and a Muslim can't possibly be president.
We proved last night that a black man can become president, and I'd say Hillary proved that a woman can, even though she didn't manage to do so in this instance. But there's still some very deep prejudice against other groups in this country. I still can't imagine a non-Christian or veg*n successfully becoming president.
I think a Jew could become president. I mean, in 2000, most Americans voted for an Orthodox Jew as vice president. (The fact that Joe Lieberman is not the Vice President of the US is one of the few things I'm glad about regarding the 2000 debacle. Of course, the only reason Lieberman isn't is because Cheney is
, which is worse, but I'll take my solace where I can get it.)
As for vegetarian, it depends. Maybe if there were an "acceptable" reason, like being a Seventh-Day Adventist or being told to be vegetarian by a doctor after a family history of coronary heart disease, it wouldn't raise too much trouble.
Really, though, I think that in times like these, such considerations are all becoming less salient. The courtiers love to gossip about fashions, and talk about how folksy our modern Marie Antoinettes are when they try out rustic peasant affectations. This is all very well in peaceful and prosperous times, but during times of crisis, the commoners begin to ignore the courtier class and ask who will make it easier for them to get health insurance. I think that in these times a vegetarian might catch grief from the courtier class in the media (Imagine Maureen Dowd's columns!), but the commoners would just ignore them, and decide whether this vegetarian is more or less likely than the other guy to get their kids legs blown off in Southwest Asia.