“They Want Mama To Make It All Better”

September 29, 2008 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

To counteract the festering idiocy of that P. Diddy video in the previous post, I have something pretty inspiring and fiery to share.  If you’ve been following it, you now know that the proposed bail-out was defeated in the House today.  It’s going to be up for another vote in a few days, but not without some serious revisions.  That defeat was thanks in no small part to Representative Marcy Kaptur (Ohio, D).  She represents the district adjacent to my hometown, and is pretty much a hero locally.  She’s known for talking directly with constituents and for being a ferocious warrior for the working classes.  I had the good fortune to meet her in 2004, when my dad filmed her speaking at a citizenship ceremony for newly-minted Americans.  She related to us the story of how she helped a soldier in Iraq get home so he could donate a kidney to his sick brother.  At another point a man came up to thank her for helping their Lake Erie island get rescue boats, and told us about how they were able to save a stranded fisherman a few weeks prior.  Later in the day, she spoke pretty candidly about her feelings on President Bush and the Iraq War.  She’s very smart, outspoken, and strikes me as a true humanitarian.

That’s why, in the wake of all the political and economic panic, it was such a relief to hear someone speak so clearly and passionately-and against her own party’s stated position- about what she felt was right.

As an aside, when they talk about Sarah Palin and the glass ceiling in politics, they really should turn to Representative Kaptur.  SHE is the result and continuation of the feminist movement, and she’s definitely, DEFINITELY worth listening to.


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