Remembering Paul Wellstone, cont'd
I'm not the only young person Wellstone inspired to go into politics. A reader writes in to tell of the impact Wellstone had on her career choices -- even after his death:
By the time I started college in Minnesota and came to realize the effect he'd had on Minnesota and progressive politics, Norm Coleman was well into his US Senate term. I wanted to learn more about the life of this politician who was so loved that I'd see Wellstone! stickers on the bumpers of cars made well after his death. In doing so I became politicized, transforming the vague sense of frustration I felt into something useful, learning about grassroots organizing and public policy.
Now, having moved halfway across the country to work in the labor movement, I sometimes get frustrated with the politics and the struggles, with defending my career choice. Thanks for reminding me that because of the politics, struggles, and endless defenses Paul Wellstone had to make that it is "easier to be a liberal today, to be a progressive, to be proud."
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