Doris 'Granny D' Haddock
by Clifford from Evergreen
When one thinks of a person walking across the United States, one thinks of an athlete or someone full of youth and stamina. When one thinks of rallies, an 80 year old does not seem like the kind of person to be involved or arrested at one. When one thinks of a government official, one does not think of an 80 year old woman either. Doris Haddock, who is also affectionately known as ‘Granny D’, is all of these scenarios and so much more: a hero.
Granny D has been a patriotic activist for most of her adult life. Born in 1910, she would not be involved in politics until after she married her husband, James Haddock. In the 1960’s she campaigned against hydrogen bomb testing in Alaska because of the damage it would cause to an Inuit fishing village (Doris). This particular campaign was a success. Why does this act make her heroic? I think it is because she stood up for people who needed help and she didn’t back down, even though at the time it might have put her in jail.
In the 1990’s, Granny D became more involved in campaign finance reform. This mostly has to do with soft money and the political issues surrounding the acceptance of this type of money by a governmental official or office (Doris). She began walking in January of 1999, at the age of 88. Her journey began in California and ended in Washington, D.C. (Granny D). Along the way, she spent a few days in the hospital due to severe dehydration. She ended her journey by skiing (Doris). At her age, one would think that she should be enjoying retirement; instead, she walked 3200 miles. Arriving in D.C., she rallied for the next two years for some sort of reform. Twice she was jailed for demonstrations (Doris). Why is she a hero? She spent one year of her life walking for a cause and two after that demonstrating for the same cause. This takes so much dedication and spirit that it is impossible not to look up to someone so incredibly patriotic, and it’s unexpected for someone of her age.
One would think Granny D’s career ended there, it did not. In 2004, she ran for a US Senate seat in New Hampshire. She refused any donations from large corporations (“soft money”); instead, she campaigned by going door to door and talking to people one on one. She was an advocate of women’s voting rights and encouraged women and youth to get out and vote. Although she lost the 2004 Senate chair, she was the oldest person to run for a seat. (On the Road Again!) She still remained an active patriotic activist and continued to be involved in politics in Washington, D.C. (Granny).
Granny D is a hero that one would not normally think of. Everything she has done has shocked me simply because I would not imagine a person of her age still having such a love and passion for her country that she would almost die for it (hospitalization for dehydration). Sacrificing most of her adult life for her country makes her a hero in my eyes and I hope in yours as well.
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