The heroic Senator with severe cancer who interrupted treatment to vote… NO


She got no standing ovation.  She got no mainstream media lauds for her heroism.  She got no kudos for leaving home, a much longer journey than that other senator, the one from Arizona, to get to DC, and there are no mainstream media stories on it that I can find… I only found out from a friend who spotted it on Twitter. 

She didn’t do it for publicity.

Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was just doing her job as a good politician, voting not to repeal the ACA so as to protect her constituents.  She has Stage Four kidney cancer — that means scarce chances of survival — is recovering from a second surgery to remove part of a rib, and made sure she got to her seat in the Senate Chamber to vote “no” to whatever Republican wealth-care crap was thrown at her.

But you’ll only find out about it on social media.  Because she’s not a pale male, maybe?

1/ @maziehirono is a national treasure & a true American hero! She is the 1st Asian-American female Senator. She is bravely battling…

— Nicole Lockney (@holyspacemonkey) July 26, 2017


(Read the whole thread)…

She stood up for people who aren’t lucky enough to have gold-plated, taxpayer-funded coverage. She got no standing ovations, no time to make a speech with wall-to-wall cable news coverage and no one is falling over themselves to talk about her courage. Real heroes walk their talk and honor their professed values when it actually matters.

Her life story, from her senatorial website.  Like so many Americans, she was part of a family of immigrants who risked all to escape a bad situation at home.…

I never forget where I came from or who I fight for and why.

Your President says you’re a hero when you serve him.

So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017


But here is a senator who really deserves a thank you.  Not just for being there, but for thinking positive, in the face of a deadly prognosis.

We're in this fight against #Trumpcare for the long haul. Any Republican proposal will hurt millions in Hawaii & across the country.

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) July 25, 2017


For the long haul, Sen. Hirono.  For the long haul.

People are trying to get the MSM media to pay attention:

@maddow @MSNBC @NicolleDWallace Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is recovering from her 2nd surgery for stage 4 kidney cancer

— Gail Praefke (@PraefkeGail) July 26, 2017


If ever a story deserved to go viral, this one does.

Let’s make it.

The energy in opposing #Trumpcare has been incredible. But if we don't speak out today louder than ever, it'll all be in vain. #VoteNo

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) July 25, 2017


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