Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ann Richards

I was saddened to read about the passing of Ann Richards, not just for her sake, but for the inevitable partisan politicizing of the end of her life.

Yes, I feel for her friends and relatives, and morn their loss. Her's was a life to be admired, even imitated.

Then there will be the gratuitous statements from the W clan, pandering to the group which has no clue what "turd blossom" Rove did to her in 1994.

Following will be the Coulter/O'Reilly-style defamation regarding her personal problems, regardless of the strengths brought as a result of those life lessons.

But she deserves to be remembered as on of the last of the true populists, one who lived the gritty life of an icon of the "American Dream"; she actually overcame real adversity to make a real difference in peoples lives. And she understood real challenges, not just fundraising ones. Lastly, she emerged onto the national stage from humble origins, but always remained genuine, always staying true to the people she swore to serve. How refreshing.

She was a true inspiration in a world of political despair. We love you Ann. I wish we had more of you on both sides of the aisle.

A Tribute

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