Change the system? It is not always easy. It takes tenancy, willpower and spunk (as my father used to say.) Could you change the system? Anyone who knows me would tell you right off that when it comes to politics, they are not my thing. I have a passive personality and try to avoid conflict at all costs, sometimes to my own determent. Being raised in Kentucky I learned early on that the good ole’ boy network of politics was hard to infiltrate much less challenge and change. My idea of a fair fight is one that I can hopefully win. – or at least loose gracefully.
Sometimes it takes a simple statement to ignite a fire under this passive backside and that has happen today – for the second time in the past 20-years. The first was when a friend/client was denied insurance coverage for her only option to continue life – a bone marrow transplant. Her husband and I decided it was time to change the system and headed to the state capital to see what could be done to change the house-bill that deemed the procedure impossible. I came home feeling like I had found out about the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Santa, all in the same day. Fire number one was ignited.
We worked the capital and media for three months and our new bill was passed on the last day of the session. It was signed into law and seven women were admitted to U of L the same week for their transplants. Did I play nice? No, but I did play professionally and with class (well most of the time.) All seven of those women are still alive, living and working in main stream society and of course, paying their Kentucky taxes. They could have so easily been written off as collateral damage of the system. I am very proud to say they were not.
Today another statement reared it’s hungry and ugly head in advance of the 2014 political season. This time the system decided to take on Heather French Henry. And so soon after having Ashley Judd for lunch just a few weeks ago. The sad part about this attack is that it was launched by a woman, Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the state GOP. Party issues aside, until today I was naive enough to believe a person could run for office based on their beliefs, do their best job and fight a fair battle and then hopefully change the system.
Not many political spars are done with class, professionalism and class. The contempt in Cooper’s statement is nothing but mean spirited and hardly in the voice of a Southern woman. I truly want to believe that she was just the spokeswoman messenger in this case, but I have my doubts.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Mrs. Henry in a professional capacity through my TV and magazine production work over the past several years. I have met her husband and two beautiful daughters during photo shoots. I have witnessed her running non stop from appointment to appointment without breaking a single bead of glisten (southern for perspiration. ) She drives herself and carries her own props. She gives her best plus some in the time allotted, but make no mistake, family comes first. There is no entourage for this woman – only her cell phone, of which she actually puts down when she is on a photo shoot or TV production clock.
It is no surprise that Mrs. Henry has stated her response so eloquently in her blog post for the day. If you are interested you can read that response (and the attack) by going to http://heatherfrenchhenry.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-tragedy-of-politics.
You may be asking yourself what does this post have to do with writing. publishing, beauty and Internet Marketing. My answer? Everything. It is a lesson in standing up for what you believe in, making a change in the system and being the best person you can be.