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?
(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.
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.
For the long haul, Sen. Hirono. For the long haul.
People are trying to get the MSM media to pay attention:
If ever a story deserved to go viral, this one does.
Let’s make it.