Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Almost Wordless Wednesday

I asked my sister if Senator Jeff Flake reminded her of anyone. She started to laugh. She said, "Do you mean Dad?" I yelled, "Yes! You see it too!" I wanted to send this photo to the Senator, but as it turns out, it's very hard to send photos to Senators. Understandable. But here he is, my father --
We have no idea what it is about Senator Flake that reminds us of our dearly-loved father, but something  definitely does.

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  1. Yes. I see directness, intelligence, hard-won wisdom, gentle strength, and a combination of sorrow and kindness in their faces. Much of the resemblance I see is in what their eyes express.

    I'm reminded once again that our fathers both have the name of Bill.

    During the hearing when Rachel Mitchell was asking questions of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, I noticed that one of the senators sitting behind her was "Mr. Flake." While baffled and angered by Rachel Mitchell's line of inquiry and deeply suspicious of her motives and allegiances, I had a moment of levity with the associations of the word "flake" and laughed out loud at the incongruity. I had never heard of Senator Flake and didn't expect to hear of him again, but I thought he must be part of a dark cosmic joke. Imagine my surprise when I watched the scene in the elevator that led him to call for an FBI investigation before he would be able to cast his vote confirming a new supreme court justice.

    Come to think of it, Senator Flake reminds me of my father in that my father voted Republican throughout his life until he voted for Bill Clinton in 1996. My mother voted Republican along with her father and brother and then along with my father until the 1970s, when she began to think for herself during the early years of the Women's Liberation Movement. She did not vote for Richard Nixon. I am not sure if she voted for Lynden Johnson.

    May a good number of women and men be moved to re-think their alliance with the Republican Party as they make their decisions in the next days and weeks and months and years or may they be part of a movement to restore the Republican Party to some semblance of sanity.

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    1. am-- Oh yes, the kindness and sorrow in their eyes. That's it. My sister and I couldn't quite name it, but that's it. Thank you so much. I was going to write Senator Flake and tell him my father's story, the Purple Heart and Battle of the Bulge. How he was and always will be our dad and hero. I wanted him to know what his willingness to wait and ask for an investigation meant to me. I have no idea what the future will hold, but I am deeply worried.

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    2. Writing to Senator Flake about your father's story could well make a difference, robin andrea. No effort we make is in vain.

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  2. I hope Sen. Flake will do your father proud and vote no on Kavenaugh's appointment.

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    1. 37paddington-- I hope for the same thing. I am worried, but I hold out a bit of hope especially after last night's outrageous behavior by Trump. Ugh.

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  3. I can see it. I wish Jeff Flake was running again for office. He is one of the reasonable senators that is willing to listen and work together.

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    1. Patti-- I remember reading a while back when Flake decided not to run for re-election that he might consider challenging Trump in 2020. I hope he does. He was interviewed on 60 Minutes, and he said that he would not be doing what he's doing now if he were running for re-election. Sad times we are living in.

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  4. I see it in the eyes and the shape of the face. Good catch, there, Robin!

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    1. Tara-- Yes! If only Flake had an ounce of my father's courage. I was so hoping.

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  5. Ha! That's so funny. I definitely see the resemblance. Maybe you're distant relatives?!

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    1. Steve- I love that you can see it too. I doubt we're related in any way, not genetically nor politically.

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  6. Flake turned out to be as fraudulent as McCain, lots of noise about being "bi partisan" but voting in lockstep with the GOP fuckwads. Do not honor him, but honor your father.

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    1. isabelita-- I was so hoping he would have had some integrity. It was all theater, as always. I hate these people so much. Sigh.

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    1. Bill-- LOL! At first I didn't quite understand your comment. I got it!

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