A Senator Who Did the Right Thing
by Susan Steffen-Kraft
He is a family man with 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He is a member of the LDS Church. "Crapo graudated from Brigham Young University, and served earlier in his life as a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From Buzz Feed.
He knows therefore what his church expects of him as far as his faith and representation of them in the public eye.
To say that his family, church, friends and constituents were shocked by his arrest for a DUI is an understatement. I know I was. But shortly after I realized I had no room to judge. I had stopped at a stop sign but after looking both ways I still did not see the car coming. I hit the car albeit it was minor as my car had barely started across the road.
I had not been drinking and it was broad daylight. He on the other hand was arrested early in the morning and had hit no one. Who committed the worse offense. I suspect I did as I was not drinking but was inattentive. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!" John 8:7 I could say nothing about what he did in truth.
After the incident I called his office several times and expressed support for Mr. Crapo. They always thanked me for doing so. Others from Idaho were standing behind their Senator although possibly for different reasons then I was. I know from statements he made that he was truly sorry for what happened. He pleaded guilty and never tried to dodge responsibility or any penalty that would be put upon him. I respected that. But more was to come.
It is said that confession is good for the soul. If so then Mike Crapo's soul is all the better for his confession. He admitted to drinking in secret when he was alone in his apartment because of job stress. At the time of the arrest he knew he was on a path that was not good for him. Having admitted this he had decided he needed to change things. He apologized to his family and his church. His church being of the same thought that my church is. They stand against the use of alcohol. He also apologized to his constituents.
I accepted that apology. And with that I realized that he unwittingly had taken himself out of harms way. As some of you know there is a method wherein many a Congressman, Judge, President, and so on are blackmailed because of an indiscretion. Many do not know they have been found out and have no knowledge that someone else knows.
This information is then used to blackmail them into voting a certain way or making a decision they would not normally make. Knowledge is power and many times the goal is to know everything about someone to use against them if it is damming. By his admission to his drinking in secret, Mike Crapo saved himself from possible blackmail.
A room can be bugged, cameras hidden in a room and people tattle on each other all for the rewards promised them. At some point someone would have found out or they possibly already had that knowledge. But he unburdened his soul and possibly unwittingly saved himself from this fate. He has no doubt rested easier for unburdening his soul and I admire him for having the guts to do this.
I can well believe it is stressful over in D.C. What they want and demand of you over there is overwhelming at times, I am sure. Decisions about this country and it's welfare are thrown ones way everyday. Many times there is no time to read a bill properly and you must vote on it. That is wrong but that is the way it is. I can understand that many fall prey to relieving that tension in different ways.
I called and asked if they had a problem with me writing about him. At first they did not seem to be real happy because he is trying to move on from this incident. I understood that and also that they could not really stop me from doing so. Still I asked.
I sent some of my other articles to look at. Mr. Lindsay Nothern of Communications for Sen. Crapo was kind enough to read them and to send me information about what the Senator was doing during the Aug. recess. Mr. Nothern supplied me with both his e-mail and phone number when he first got in touch with me. I truly appreciated that. It is always nice when they talk and work with you.
One of the things Mr. Nothern sent to me:
GREEK YOGURT IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM DETAILED
Crapo, Luna, Clark, Chobani & Idaho Dairymen set event at Meridian school "Meridian – Idaho’s participation in a historic change in the nation’s school nutrition program will be discussed by federal, state, local and industry leaders during a news conference on Tuesday, August 13th.
For the first time, popular Greek yogurt will be available as a protein addition to school menus.
Crapo led letters from the Idaho Congressional Delegation, and, working with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and others, convinced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add Greek yogurt as a non-mandatory addition to USDA school nutrition programs for the 2013-14 calendar school years. If the pilot program involving Idaho, New York, Tennessee and Arizona goes well, USDA may expand the Greek yogurt offerings to all 50 states. Chobani, with the world’s largest Greek yogurt production facility employing more than 600 people in Twin Falls, won the competitive bid to supply the four-state pilot project".
“Idaho students and adults will have the opportunity to show support for nutritious Greek yogurt and Idaho workers and dairy producers can benefit,” said Crapo
Mr. Crapo has received many fiscal policy awards and received recently the Freedom Fighter Award. You may read more about this in the above link. As I looked through his awards I was amazed and proud of my Senator. Is he perfect and do I agree with every vote he casts; noo I do not.
However when he cast his vote against the NDAA I was very happy and thankful. Yes, it passed. But he and Senator Risch also of Idaho both took a stand against this intrusive evil.
The NDAA will stifle our Constitutional Rights and most probably will pass, and most definitely without the approval of Americans. This is reminiscent of the Patriot Act. Our government is now allowed to spy on their citizens. We are not supposed to fear our government, and now, regardless of any restructuring done in this Act, it’s a step in a very wrong direction. From Freak Out Nation
The passage of the NDAA opens the door to invasive tactics which infringe upon our freedom and both my Senators chose to support freedom. This article is about Senator Crapo and so I am grateful to him for taking a stand that had only 13 Senators voting No. It is called Courage. And with 86 Senators supporting this bill and 1 not voting it was obviously unpopular to vote against it but he did so anyway.
I was also sent an article about how Senator Crapo worked to get the purple heart for a Veteran of Vietnam who was 45 years overdue for this award. He tracked down the paperwork so this would be possible. The veteran was awarded the Purple Heart during this Aug. recess. Click on this link for the story
He also has along with Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and urged action to help free 32-year-old Saeed Abedini from his homeland of Iran before his trial on Monday. This was reported in the Statesman on Jan. 17, 2013. He has, according to one of his staffers Taylor, continued to keep an eye on the situation of Mr. Abedini. I am glad he is monitoring and caring about the people of Idaho.
These are only a few of the reasons I support Senator Mike Crapo. He admitted his mistake and cast it off and marched steadily on. It was a slight detour in his path and he is now back and fighting for the same freedoms he was before. This is why I support him and why I will continue to. Thank-You Senator Mike Crapo for your courage and example in making no excuses and accepting the consequences.
Scott Burken wrote that: You can only learn from a mistake after you admit you’ve made it. As soon as you start blaming other people (or the universe itself) you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you courageously stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you.