OK, this is a different kind of vote than we are used to. I'm asking that you vote for a dead white Congressman! He died in 1980, but some of his opponents died even earlier. It is not that his opponents are unworthy of fame (Grant, Stowe, Owens, Edison, et al), but it's that I support the one real politician (U.S. Grant's deserved fame is due to his mastery of war, not politics) in the group of ten vying to be in Statuary Hall. Good politicians, that is, those with insight and judgment, are very hard to find, as we all know. And when we find them, we ought to support them. So I encourage you to vote and you can vote until June 12. You may do so by voting here.
In Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, each state send two statutes to honor notable people in their state's history. The Ohio Legislature is replacing the statute of former Ohio Governor William Allen because of his pro-slavery views. Because Congressman McCulloch (R) was so deeply involved in getting the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 passed, in fact he made its passage possible, I testified on his behalf. This may be of special interest for today's politics because of the recent kerfuffle over the GOP's standard bearer in the Kentucky Senate race (also see Rich Lowry's significant comment on the issue). Some decisions live on, don't they? I repeat, vote here. A statue of him in the National Statuary Hall will be a permanent reminder to
all who visit there of his great act of statesmanship on behalf of true
recognition of human equality, and its relation to the Constitution, the highest of all American causes.
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