Who is Mia Love? She is the electrifying speaker who by a mile was the best speaker on the Republican Convention stage yesterday. She is the Republican Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, married to a white man. They have beautiful children. She's a runner and teaches running in her spare time. She's a riveting speaker who reminds us of the promise of America and to me is the embodiment of inspiration, aspiration and hope. She's running for a seat in the U.S.House. She became mayor of her city when it was in crisis and she turned it around. She was introduced to the convention by this video:
And then she came onto the stage:
She reminded me why I love my country. She reminded me of my dreams. And she reminded me that that America still exists. In the clutter of today's talk about how we are declining as a civilization, it was refreshing to be reminded that the hope that is our country is still there. No matter what anyone else says------it's still there.
Hope she wins!!!!!!!
UPDATE: I have been truly shocked at the reaction this woman (and by guilty association this post) has been receiving from the left. I put this piece up because I want to be able to support women on BOTH sides of the aisle to further along the day when women will hold 50% of the seats of power. We need more women on both sides-----really we do!! The only argument we get against supporting women on the opposite side of wherever we are is that famous refrain "how can you vote (or support) someone with THOSE views?"
The problem with that argument is that someone with "THOSE" points of view is going to be elected anyways------why not a woman? And once that piece of the argument is out there, there is rarely any coherent comeback other than name calling, the refuge of scoundrels who have no cogent argument.
I found Mia Love, as I said above, to be THE BOMB-----so inspiring. so what if she's a Republican? She's a human being who I feel taps into our better natures and reminds us of why we're proud to be Americans. Even Democrats can be proud to be Americans. At least they were for the 40 years that I was a Democrat.
But I was horrified to discover this line of attacks against her----racist to the core FROM THE LEFT who are accusing all of us to be racists. And on MSNBC, the station where Chris Matthews viciously attacked Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus for being racist right on the air, the cable network didn't even have the decency to air any African American speeches from the RNC. As someone said in a comment on one of my favorite blogs, MSNBC gives new meaning to the term "blackout."
I have written some incendiary pieces over time that manage to piss people off. I even have a distribution list, and from time to time I lose a person here or there who I have made angry and they ask to unsubscribe. Today, my innocuous little piece about Mia Love inspired some of the worse email response I have received since I spoke up about the sexism in 2008. Huh????? I have been accused of being a "white old hag" and other such pretty rejoinders. all for being inspired by Mia Love. Who'd have thought expressing my admiration for her would be such a time bomb?
So in the spirit of women and bipartisanship, I'm going to put in the links for two amazing women who are running for office whom I hope will be elected. First off, Mia Love who is having a fundraising bomb as we speak. She's raised almost $125,000 in the past 24 hours:
And then on the other side of the aisle is Wendy Greuel running for Mayor of Los Angeles:
Remember that only 16.8% of Congress is female and of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., only 8% of the mayors are women. Your contribution of whatever you can do, even if you only have $5, can change that entire equation.