Congratulations, Joseph Cao!
Despite the fact that the coverage of this was painfully thin, I think that it is a momentous occasion that Joseph Cao is now the first Vietnamese-American member of Congress, representing the 2nd district of Louisiana. Did I mention that he’s also a Republican?
It’s also fantastic that his opponent was Democratic Rep. William Jefferson. You remember him…the guy who was indicted on federal bribery charges for taking $500,000 in bribes, not to mention $90,000 he stored in his freezer. It’s nice to see that voters are finally beginning to see through some of these corruptocrats who insist on foisting themselves upon this country’s political system.
Mr. Cao’s story seems to reflect that of the Indian-American Governor of his state, Bobby Jindal. Ironically, Louisiana is a state that gets consistently harassed for racism and lack of diversity, usually by Northeastern liberals. The “live-and-let-live” ideology of the South, a perspective of true tolerance, is a perspective that the rest of the country would be wise to emulate. We are so blessed to live in a country where people from all around the world can come to pursue a better life. Mr. Cao is truly a representation of the American Dream.