One of my personal heroes is Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (R.LA). I have no doubt that he is more liberal politically than I am, but he is a man of the highest principles. Pro-life to his core, he voted for ObamaCare only after the Stupak amendment passed. He voted for ObamaCare, even though he knew such a vote was anathema to almost all Republicans, including the one writing this post, because he thought it was the right thing to do. When Stupak caved, Cao refused to vote for ObamaCare because of the abortion issue, even though he knew that the vote against ObamaCare was anathema to most of the voters of his liberal district, because he thought it was the right thing to do.
Recently, the Communist government of Vietnam wrote to the Congressman hoping that as the sole Vietnamese-American Congressman he could help clear up some “misunderstandings” between the Vietnamese government and Vietnamese-Americans. Congressman Cao’s response is memorable and may be read here. So his meaning could not be mistaken, Congressman Cao also wrote his response in Vietnamese here.
Congressman Cao won his seat in Congress by defeating the incredibly corrupt incumbent William “Cold Cash” Jefferson. Cao’s district, Louisiana 2, is rated Democrat +28 by Charlie Cook, one of the best political prognosticators extant. Cao’s re-election bid is almost certainly doomed to failure. However, I expect to contribute to his campaign, and I will be asking Saint Jude to intercede with God for a political miracle for him. Politicians are always with us, like fleas on a dog, but a statesman like Cao is a rarity.