Jason Plummer Steps In It

When you’re the Republican Establishment’s candidate, you have one simple assignment: don’t screw up. Jason Plummer, a 29-year-old lumber heir, is the GOP Establishment’s appointed candidate for US Congress in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.  He’s facing a shockingly tough race from former police detective and former Belleville Mayor, Rodger Cook.  (Never underestimate a detective’s tenacity.)…

Generational Change

A man lost in thought is liable to say anything.  Anything at all.  A guy sitting behind me at a restaurant in Lambert airport began singing along with the background music.  “Burning down the house (do do).”  Perfect. November 2, American voters burned down the U.S. House.  Before the vote, estimates ranged from 45 to…

614 Days

Six hundred fourteen days from the first Tea Parties to Election Day.  That’s 307 days in 2009 and 307 in 2010.  In that time, we’ve met so many people.  We’ve made too many friends. (Psychologists and sociologists and anthropologists believe that a person can manage no more than 150 human relationships, so there is such…

Human Decay in the Age of Obama

In 47BC, Julius Caesar assumed dictatorial power in Rome.  He instituted “reforms” that transformed the Republic into the Empire. In the process, he became a dictator.  Rome’s decent into oblivion began. In 44BC, seeing the damage Caesar’s tyranny and reforms, three men removed Caesar from power by the method of the day. History moves faster…

Drowning Beauty

Someday I’ll write more – much more – on this.  But it’s important to remember what’s at stake in America, in the world, this election: beauty. Totalitarian regimes despise beauty.  They bury it in palaces where the rulers roam, their cancerous eyes raking over someone’s masterpiece the way raw sewage pollutes a clear stream after…

A Different World

While we’ve been building the tea party, the world has changed.  Our world has changed. Consumers consume less Inflation is limited to food, fuel, and gold Experiences and human connections are more important than possessions and promotions Debt shifted from people and businesses to government—which means to all of us The government took out a…

The Power and the Glory

"For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him….

The Debate’s End

Thirty minutes after the debate’s official end, pods of people remained in the Arnold Rec Center Sunday night: a circle in the vestibule, a half-moon in the center aisle, two or three amorphous clumps up front, the one I belonged to, and the loud groups around Ed Martin.  “Why didn’t Russ Carnahan stay and talk…