I am in charge of our local Democratic Committees web site and finally got around to updating it today. This is my blog post which I had to share. I have to share especially when my heart pounds at its completion.
This weekend Republican Rep. Earl Poleski will be holding a fundraiser at the Ella Sharp Museum. The Museum ranks in the top five of facilities for the Jackson upper crust or Republicans if you prefer. However, after reading Ella’s story on the Museum’s website I am not sure that Ella would approve of Mr. Poleski, his politics, or his votes.
Ella Sharp’s family provided her with a top notch education. She believed in learning. Her first husband Thomas Farnsworth was an educator (teacher). Right there at the Museum the old school house sits and is visited by hundreds of school children every year.
“It is believed that the Merriman children started school at the one-room brick school built in the mid-1860s on the corner of the farm property deeded to the Summit School District by their grandfather, Abraham Wing.”(Directly From Museum Website)
Rep. Poleski on the other hand has voted in favor of more Charter Schools, Cyber Schools, as well as stripping teachers of their collective bargaining rights.
Thanks to an anti-schools, anti-teachers agenda from the GOP, Michigan cannot attract businesses that want the best schools for their employee’s children. More native Jacksonians are leaving for the same reason.
Ella loved children. That is obvious when you see the busses pull up to the museum and the park which she left to us all. Again, on top of being unwilling to build the best educational system possible, Mr. Poleski votes to deny Autistic children the healthcare they need to live full and productive lives.
Lastly, Ella was a feminist, a tree hugger, and yes it appears she was at least for some part of her life…a Liberal.
“ During the 1880s, Mary Merriman and Ella, like many other women in the latter part of the 19th century, became involved in the newly emerging Women's Club movement which the press ridiculed calling it "the Middle-Aged Woman's University." Most of the local clubs organized as study clubs where members read and researched subjects such as literature, art, history and foreign travel. By the 1890s, however, many of these clubs began taking advocacy roles in causes such as child welfare, reforestation, public recreation and "municipal housekeeping." Realizing there was power in numbers, some 22 Jackson clubs joined together in 1892 to form a city-wide General Federation of Women's Clubs, the first in the state. In 1895, the Michigan State Federation of Women's Clubs was organized, and Ella took a leadership role with this group serving as treasurer, vice president and chairman of two of their most important committees-- Forestry and Civic Improvement.”
No, I think Missus Ella would take tremendous offense to the anti-woman, anti-child, anti-environmental agenda put forth by the GOP of today. I doubt she would stand for poor, hungry, inadequately educated children in her community or her country. Nor would she support tearing up natural forests for an oil pipeline.So this Saturday, I intend to put forth a motion to posthumously make Missus Ella Sharp an honorary member of The Jackson County Democratic Women’s Caucus. I mean if you can baptize someone Mormon after they are dead I don’t see why I cannot make Ella Sharp a Democrat.