Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority. - William Jennings Bryan

Sunday, July 31, 2005

A True Humanitarian


Tim Kaine spent Friday in Wise at the free clinic there for the local people who are in need. Kaine could have been holding million dollar fundraisers like George W. Bush's buddy Jerry Kilgore has been doing, but he instead chose to spend his time with those who in many cases can't help themselves.

Let me tell you about Wise. Over 12% of the population lives under the poverty line. In addition to that, over 15% of children and over 11% of senior citizensare under the poverty line. Unemployment is high, and health insurance rolls are low. Not a lot of people in the area can afford to go to the doctor or pay for medicine when they're sick. So, once a year, people come from all over the region to Wise for medical care. It's a great thing, which I've seen first hand (went along with some relatives a couple years ago). People will come the day before and sleep in their cars just to get an early shot at getting in. This year was bigger than ever, and is now the biggest event of its kind in the United States. Organizers estimating that over two days, 6,000 people came to the fairgrounds (the town's population is just 3,000 people, so the population doubles for a short time).

Tim Kaine toured the clinic and talked with some of the more than 900 people there at the opening. I'll say this, I can't picture Jerry Kilgore spending time with people at a free clinic.

I'll reiterate my support for Tim Kaine and say that we need to elect this humanitarian Governor.



Kenton Ngo said...

It shouldn't surprise us (Kaine, after all, spent a year as a missionary in Honduras, so he's no stranger to this kind of stuff), but every so often we just get a good man, plain and simple.

Neal said...

Absolutely right Kenton. Kaine is really a humanitarian, but importantly, he is a good person. Like they said over at RaisingKaine, Kilgore wouldn't get caught dead "wasting time" talking to uninsured when he could be raising money.

Lowell said...

Tim Kaine, living his Christian faith and practicing his family values...

Neal said...

Amen to that, Lowell. He really is a good person.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Terry Kilgore there at Wise working?