Today in Missoula I crossed the Madison Street bridge only to come to a fireman holding a boot out raising money for charity. I put my dollar in, smiled, thanked the gentleman for his communal effort and continued on with my day. Doing a good thing for society is self-fulfilling enough that attention from it is the farthest thing that matters. In no way did the fireman want attention; he wanted to help out society—nothing more.
Self-salary setting professor Franke Wilmer, democrat candidate for US House of Representatives, does not understand the simple notion of a selfless good deed. In fact, she wants to make sure the cameras are there in order to politicize community service.
Sending a media release out about doing community service is not only disheartening in the world of politics, it is almost to a level of immorality. The “look at me—I am doing a good deed” attitude promoted by Wilmer continues to demean organizations like the Salvation Army. While they are trying to selflessly help individuals who need it, Wilmer is trying only to help her political career.
I hope to have a congressman that will represent the interests of Montanan’s with or without a camera. Selflessly assisting those in need is a mark of true virtue – Franke Wilmer has shown time and time again that public service for her is about serving Franke Wilmer and Franke Wilmer only, not the public. Montana needs virtue in 2012.