My Most Favorite Part of the Speech Tonight

9 09 2009

The striking image and power of story of those three amazing, accomplished, influential though unelected, intelligent, compassionate, complicated, and yes, beautiful pro-choice (AND pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-pursuit of happiness) women sitting together in the gallery:
Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden with Victoria Kennedy between them.

Now that’s integrity of public and private life.
Great stuff.

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10 09 2009
JJ

I saw Mrs. Kennedy and all the stories about how she transformed his life the past 20 years filled my mind.

Then I saw Mrs. Biden and remembered the convention last summer, how her husband and stepsons so clearly felt she had done the same for them, with love and loyalty and it’s-not-about-me, -it’s-about-you devotion. Yet in a real family partnership, not a domestic service, stay out of manly business, mafia-wife way.

Mrs. Obama unlike her illustrious companions is a first wife, but otherwise her family fits that power of story.

On a morning when Gov Sanford’s lack of both public and private integrity is still in the news, and now a CA state lawmaker (Michael Duvall) is reportedly resigning for same, I admire the family values behind the public engagement of these wonderful female role models more than ever:

“I’m getting into spanking her,” Duvall is heard saying on the videotape, which was made as a matter of routine by a legislative office.

The Assembly Ethics Committee is investigating Duvall’s comments, in part to determine whether the affair might have influenced his votes. He was vice chairman of the Assembly Utilities Committee. Several media outlets reported the woman Duvall refers to in his comments, works as a lobbyist for Sempra Energy . . .

The lawmaker had received a 100 percent rating from Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative advocacy group, for his votes on legislation considered pro-family . . .

I’ll blog more about the Fall of Duvall later, because I’ve BTDT for several years in the 80s as a young female lobbyist among cheating, lying old creeps and the women who play corrupt rumpy-pumpy with them, to earn big bucks from their corporate pimps.

It was all laughed off as boys will be boys, more locker room than frat house, as if governance were professional football or basketball and they were larger-than-life stars. (Hmmm, and the Superbowl is buying education in Texas and Joe Wilson’s yelling out at the president last night was like fan heckling, come to think of it, but that’s another blogpost too, I guess.)

Back to these three women last night. Somebody call Howard Gardner. I nominate them for the K-12 curriculum as what is good, true and beautiful. 🙂

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