Have you noticed that the new issue — Jan/Feb 2008 — is online at the Home Page of the website? I still get a thrill as the new issue is revealed to the public, first to our print issue subscribers (two weeks ago), then to our online audience. Most publishers don’t approach their magazines with the passion I have. Their magazines are simply a business for them. For me, BHM is a crusade to better people’s lives. For 18 years I’ve been on a crusade. They must think I’m nuts.
Archive for December, 2007
I should be flying to North Carolina right now to see my daughter, Annie, her husband, Erik, and my two grandchildren, Olga and Gavin, but instead I’m at home with a totally &*#$#@ back. I had to cancel my flight at the last minute. The Doc prescribed Flexeril, Ibuprofen, and rest. Rats! Double rats!
At least it snowed today, so my sons, Jake and Rob, who were due to go with me, got to play in the snow as a consolation prize for their wrecked vacation. My wife had also smartly insured the tickets so we’ll get our money back. I’m pretty much confined to my rocker/glider in my study at home.
Like I did the last time I threw out my back, I have vowed to get in top shape so this never happens again. I hope I keep my promise this time.
My Issue no. 109 commentary giving my predictions for 2008 has prompted some mail from supporters of Ron Paul, the longshot Republican candidate for President. Some Libertarians are concerned that I have slighted Ron Paul because I vowed not to vote for either Republicans or Democrats in the 2008 elections. Ron Paul, they correctly point out, shares my Libertarian beliefs, even though he is a Republican.
So I thought I’d point readers of this blog to a couple of brief newsletter commentaries — click here and click here — I’ve written supporting Ron Paul for President, and explain why I won’t vote for Democrats or Republicans, even though Paul is a Republican. (If you’d like to get a copy of the free newsletter, click here .)
I intend to vote for Ron Paul any time the opportunity arises. But I won’t have that opportunity when the real elections are held in November because Ron Paul won’t be the Republican Presidential candidate. The Republican Party will see to that. Ron Paul is death to the Republican OR Democratic Party. He represents total reform of a corrupt system that keeps a lock on a two-party system to the exclusion of non-Demopublican parties.
Ron Paul is a Republican in name only. He is, in fact, a former Libertarian who switched to the Republican Party with the hope of effecting change from the “inside.” As a Libertarian candidate he routinely got trounced at the polls, as Libertarians always do at the national level. I applaud Paul’s efforts, and I will support him until the inevitable happens, namely, until he fades once more into the background of the Republican Party as an embarrassment to most Republican politicians.
I hope I am totally wrong about Ron Paul’s chances to become the Republican Presidential nominee. I will gladly eat my words and vote for him if he is nominated. I think my chances of being wrong, however, are so low they could only be figured by Quantum Mechanical calculations. Nevertheless I will support him through these primaries and by voting for him in the various online polls and by contributing money to his candidacy.
In the end, however, I believe that the only way the Demopublican lock on political power in America can be broken is by abstaining from the Republican and Democratic Parties and voting for third party candidates. The Libertarians need to form alliances with other third parties, possibly even bringing a coalition of far right and far left parties together. Sounds absurd on the surface, but these disparate groups have one thing in common: a desire to break the Demopublican lock on power. We can argue about our differences after we have achieved that goal.
It’s past midnight and Lenie is practicing piano for tonight’s (Thursday’s) Christmas performance of the Gold Beach High School Band and Choir, plus the middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) band from Riley Creek Grammar School. She will accompany the choir. She likes volunteering her time to play for the kids, and she works hard to make sure she has the songs down pat.
All three of our sons, Jake, Rob, and Sam, are playing in the band. They’ll be on clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone, respectively. I don’t play any instrument, but it sure is nice having a house full of music as Lenie and the boys practice often. There should be a good community turnout for this performance.
My wife, Lenie, has been practicing Christmas carols on our home piano for a couple of weeks now, and today she accompanied the Gold Beach High School choir on the piano as they went door to door serenading local businesses in Gold Beach. Only three of the local businesses, BHM, the Senior Center, and Shore Pines Assisted Living, which is a retirement home, had pianos so Lenie sang with the choir on the other stops.
The choir visited nine businesses. The last was Subway, where they literally sang for their lunch as Subway provided the group with a discounted six-foot-long Subway sandwich and free chocolate chip cookies for their efforts.
The group tried to sing at the local courthouse, but a clerk made them leave because court was in session, presided over by just-elected Judge Jesse Margolis. So they went across the street and serenaded Judge Margolis’s father-in-law, Dave Little, at the Curry County Title company. Dave will no doubt scold the young judge.
Great sounding choir. They’ll sing Christmas songs for the whole community, while the high school band plays carols, Thursday evening at the school gym. This is yet another nice little slice of small town living. Gold Beach newcomer Michael Reetz will conduct the choir and band. Reetz is adapting himself nicely to Gold Beach, doing his part to help make the community an even better place.
Ever since they can remember, my three sons have walked out our gate at this time of year to search for “just the right” Christmas tree in the mountainous woods that surround our home. Today they made their annual trek to bring home this year’s tree. We’ll decorate it tomorrow.