By: Lindsey Goldberg
Earlier this afternoon a group of us went to the Senate gallery to sit in and observe our Senators in action. We walked in on McCain mumbling and reading a script sharing with the nation why we need to maintain our numbers in Iraq, because, "if we pull out, there will be a disaster." I'm sorry, but the situation is pretty disastrous as it stands. A few Senators followed McCain, some both angered and confused us, others were well thought out, though delivered without much enthusiasm. The situation in Iraq is dire and I feel that this issue deserves thought-out, competent, well-researched, dynamic attention. Senator Boxer of California rose the bar when she came up to speak her mind. She truly embodies the ideal politician for the people. Using her voice, she expressed the need for a change of course, a new mission and a withdrawal of the troops in Iraq. Using concrete facts, detailed evidence and personal experience with families of victims of the unjust war, Boxer had us all captivated, some of us in tears. I listened attentively and in awe of this politician who is a living example of hope within this political machine. I feel both honored and privileged to be from California and to have Boxer representing me, she is a role model and a someone to be reckoned with - I respect her unwavering strength! As her speech came to a close we echoed with clapping and a few cheers, an intrinsic human reaction to respond to something that moves us; though it was not received well by the Senate police...On the way out of the Hart building, two other CODE PINKers and I went into Boxer's office to leave a note of gratitude to pass on the fact of how moved we were by her strength and passion in gallery, she walked in!!! She received us so well, with genuine appreciation of our enthusiastic support. It felt so gratifying to tell her in person how moved we were! For those of you in California, take my word for it...we are being represented by the right person!
being in D.C. the political process on so many levels has come alive for me...I am learning so much, I feel really blessed to be here!