Several days ago, I got a message from David G. Reichert, my representative in the U.S. House of Representatives (and the incumbent candidate in one of the New York Time’s "Races to Watch"). His letter started out:
As your Representative in Congress, I want to share with you some of the work I have been doing to assist orphans in underdeveloped countries.
I grew up in a family that adopted several orphans from underdeveloped countries so I’m glad to see this happening — I really am.
But what really makes me happy is that I get to hear from my elected representative unsolicited — for the first time, no less — advertising his work on such a controversial subject. He seems perfectly willing to stand up for what he believes in, even if it means that he loses the crucial anti-developing-nation-orphan vote.