WHO IS POURING TEA? WHO IS PRESIDING AT THE PUNCH BOWL?
Posted on November 7, 2016 by keywestlou
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I wrote a lengthy column about Jeanette Rankin three years ago in KONK Life. An interesting woman.
On this date in 1916, Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. From Montana. Western women worked shoulder to shoulder with the men. They had a different respect than their eastern compatriots.
Rankin did not last long in office. One term. She was a pacifist. Voted against entry into World War I.
Some twenty years later, Rankin was again elected to the House. Again, only for one term. She was the sole vote against the U,.S. declaration of war against Japan following December 7, 1941.
Rankin needed police help to leave the House building following her vote. A crowd of angry persons had her confined in a telephone booth.
Enjoy your day!
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I didn’t know this before today. I did know that there was only vote against entry in WW2.
You have to respect someone with the courage of their convictions.
Perhaps she saw that the Lusitania was not what it seemed (i.e., it was carrying munitions), that “war” would turn dead Americans into big profits for the war industry (shades of Ike warning the USA of the military industrial complex), and that George Washington warned about becoming entangled.
Then in her next term, she saw that it was FDR’s plan to end the depression, again turn bodies into profits, and turn the USA into a global empire.
Special place in heaven for her.
Most libertarians value peace as a principle because it minimizes the State.
Special thanks for the wake up by Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957).
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