Back in November, during National Adoption Month, I wrote to Klobuchar that I had been supportive of her campaign for the Democratic nominee until I found out about her strong interest in promoting adoption. Her counterpart in the Senate is Roy Blunt who is from my state of Missouri but he is a Republican and close ally of our president Trump, so I did not bother to write him.
Yesterday, Klobuchar did better than expected in the New Hampshire primary. There is a section of the electorate who wants calm and someone they are not being fed a drama a day but can go about their business with some assurance of ethical behavior in the top official of the government. I get it. Klobuchar does not really excite. She is like the mom who you know you can depend upon not to embarrass you.
She was instrumental in smoothing the way for a number of transracial adoptions from Haiti as depicted in the photo above. On January 12 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, which is a very poor country. The earthquake affected an estimated three million people. Close to 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and one million were made homeless. An estimated 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed.
“It’s wonderful to see adoptive families, family members, friends and others who plan to adopt kids from Haiti here this evening,” Klobuchar said in a meeting in 2011. “We in Congress will work hard to continue to help you with adoption issues.”
Over the course of approximately two months following the earthquake, Klobuchar’s office worked with 25 families to help unite 39 Haitian children with their new families in Minnesota. A Congressional bill authored by Klobuchar later passed the House and Senate and was signed into law. One at least hopes all of the children are truly orphans and not simply taken from extended family who would raise them.
No doubt, her heart is in the right place even though she appears woefully ignorant about the wounds inflicted by adoption and even worse, the effects on children who are placed in families who bear no resemblance to their culture. I will vote for whoever the Democratic presidential nominee is in November 2020. I don’t know if I can get over my objection to Klobuchar’s very public role in promoting adoption.