In campaigns, politicians work to communicate with voters on a level that paints a vivid picture around issues to create a narrative that fits into an overall message.
Barack Obama's re-election campaign recently launched a website, "The Life of Julia," that traces the government's influence, benefits and the aura of entitlement around a character created to show "how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime ... " with direct contrasts offered to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's proposals.
The "slideshow" format walks the online viewer from age 3 to age 67 of the fictional composite, Julia, through the benefits of Head Start and various touches of government mandates through health care, student loan repayment and Medicare.
An Investor's Business Daily political cartoon sets "Julia" in a frame of art. Michael Ramirez insightfully depicts a faceless "Life of Julia" female sitting on a sofa between a man and a woman in their home. The cartoon speech bubble fixed over Julia reads, "Pay for my birth control. Pay for my electric car. Pay for my healthcare. Weatherize my house. Loan me money for college. Repay my college loans. Pay for my unemployment. Pay for my solar panels. Pay for my job training. Pay for my mortgage. Pay for my entitlements. Food stamps ... "
The female character beside whom Julia sits interrupts and asks incredulously, "Who are you?"
Julia, in the mind of Barack Obama and Democrats, is a helpless female whose voting interests are directly tied with a promise of benefits from womb to the tomb provided to her by a government to which she is eternally dependent and only by which she's empowered.
Let's meet the Julia who should, instead, be lifted up and honored as all-America's version. Army Sgt. Julia Bringloe executed and led "dozens of courageous acts" with her medevac team that rescued 14 wounded soldiers during a 60-hour mission, Operation Hammer Down.
The Afghanistan operation was to make strides in wiping out insurgent training camps with an active firefight that left Sgt. Bringloe's Black Hawk helicopter and an additional 3-person crew, as the only winged angels of rescue for America's wounded, according to news accounts.
Despite a fractured leg resulting from one of her hoist maneuvers dangling from the helicopter carrying a soldier, this "Julia" was dropped time and again in the midst of live fire. The last drop was to lay on the ground among the battling troops as a fatally wounded translator's body was lifted in respect. Bringloe's last hoist up was in the spray of enemy fire directed toward her that made "a kind of whistling," in her own words.
Sgt. Julia Bringloe refused credit for her heroic acts, saying "There is no doubt in my mind that I owe my life to the competence and sheer determination of my crew." That crew has been nominated for several commendations.
This "Julia" joins only six other women to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross since 1927. Among the seven, a fearless female named Amelia Earhart was recognized for "extraordinary achievement for an aerial flight."
The tale of two Julias is a revelation of a growing divide and contrast in America: Those who are served versus those who serve. Those who protest for freedom versus those who fight for it. Those who cultivate anger and division for identity politics versus those who stand in the gap for "Peace through strength."
Which Julia will America honor and emulate?
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