This morning I read something I've been waiting to see in the media for a while now. Especially given what I wrote about earlier in the week.
Promise me you will read this letter to John McCain, just published in the Baltimore Sun, written by Frank Schaffer, a New York Times best-selling author who worked on McCain's campaign in 2000. Promise me you will read it.
It's exactly the kind of accountability that has been sadly missing in the media lately, and as I read this letter, I felt more and more optimistic that good people from all places on the political spectrum will speak out and say what is true and right.
Here I am, in my pyjamas, just woke up, hair standing on end, writing an email I know I won't get a reply to. But just in case he might read it, I wanted him to know I think he's a hero in my eyes.
And wouldn't you know it, he wrote right back.
See, we are all connected. It all matters. One voice can multiply into millions, to serve and uplift, or to bring down and destroy.
I don't know if you will even get this email or read it. I'm sure you're just deluged with email right now.
But I wanted you to know that I just read your Open Letter to John McCain. What you said there is exactly how millions of us feel, horrified and sickened by the rhetoric that the McCain campaign has intentionally used to assassinate Barack Obama's character, if not his person.
Thank you for writing this. I know it must have been a heartbreaking thing for you to do. But I think that many, many millions of Americans respect and thank you for your effort.
In 2000, I would have voted for McCain. Today, I just feel sorry for him.
All the best,
San Francisco, CA
Julie: I am deluged, as you say. Thanks so much for the note. Time to speak out!
PS You might enjoy my book Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back (Paperback)