Saturday, June 28, 2008
Jason Gatties proves that he is a class act
Jason Gatties, Libertarian candidate for the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees, has asked that this weekend, in lieu of donations to his campaign, people please send their money to cyclone victims in Myanmar (or, for old farts like me, Burma). [h/t to Last Free Voice]
Funny, I can't imagine Barack Obama, John McCain, Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, or Ron Paul doing the same thing.
Oh, wait, I don't have to imagine it: they didn't do it, or anything remotely like it.
Unfortunately, some Libertarians could not resist using Jason's principled call to indulge in their own partisan fund-raising activities.
So Jason, I'm going to both listen to you and ignore you. I promise you I'll send at least fifty bucks to the relief campaign, but I'm still sending you the ten bucks I promised.
We're Americans. We can do more than one right thing at a time.
Think about what might have happened if all the presidential candidates had gotten together and announced that for one day they were turning over all their donation receipts to Myanmar relief.
That might be change I could believe in.
I'm not holding my breath.
Thanks, Jason, for setting a standard.