Republican Rep. Jeff Denham acted remarkably and generously when he took the time to give honor to my father, an Iwo Jima Marine, by reading my fathers biography from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives into the Congressional Record on the occasion of his 95th birthday.
This is nothing short of being a wonderful gift to a man who has lived his life modestly and generously to others, to his community and to his country. And this is notwithstanding all of the competing pressure on a duly elected and selflessly acting and conscientious public representative.
That his constituency is tough to satisfy is best seen by aggressive and often gratuitous non sequitur commentary and attacks posted on his website and Facebook page, too frequently giving truth to the maxim that No good deed goes unpunished. However, let that not be the case here.
As another maxim goes, If you can read this, thank a teacher and If your stomach is full, thank a farmer, so if you are exercising your right to speak out, thank your country and those who serve it so well our military warriors and our congressional representatives.