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11/5/2013 8:53:00 AM
Where are the likes of Rankin?
Jeannette Pickering Rankin
Jeannette Pickering Rankin

To the Catholic Sentinel:

John DeZell argues that we need a president and commander in chief like FDR who was neither indecisive nor a coward.

He patiently and strategically waited until the “Day of Infamy” to make his bold decision, encouraging all Americans to enter and support World War II.

Where are the likes of Jeannette Pickering Rankin (1880-1973)? She was the first woman in the U.S. Congress, elected in Montana in 1916 and again in 1940. A lifelong pacifist, she was one of 50 members of Congress who voted against entry into World War I in 1917, and the only member of Congress who voted against declaring war on Japan.

After being elected in 1916 she said, “I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.”

Rolando Rodriguez
Port Orford

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