Like most public leaders, McMorris Rodgers’ initial ambition for joining politics stemmed from her love of community service. When Cole was born, she had another reason for public service – special needs education.
“While we have come a long way as a country in terms of education, employment and opening doors of opportunity to those with special needs, we still have a lot of work ahead of us in terms of maximizing their potential and recognizing their tremendous value in our lives,” she said.
McMorris Rodgers chose to enter politics as a Republican because she values freedom above all. She gave a well-known quote from Ronald Reagan to emulate that belief:
“Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer. It´s so hard for government planners, no matter how sophisticated, to ever substitute for millions of individuals working night and day to make their dreams come true.”
All in all, a great profile of a fantastic woman written by someone I consider a friend. Win-win, on all fronts.
I’ve spoken, albeit briefly, with Rep. McMorris-Rodgers on one or two occasions now. She has always come across as gracious, as well-informed, and as though she is doing what she is doing for all of the right reasons. Even better, she is only one of a rising tide of promising and principled conservative women in America. Here in the Palmetto State, for example, I look forward to learning more about Nikki Haley, likely our next governor. In the meantime, though, be sure to check out the piece on Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers. Every now and then, it’s nice to get away from politics and policy and remember that actual leadership requires character which reaches far, far outside the Beltway.