Political Arena/Duty of Citizenship

Palin v. Biden and the opportunities of a vice presidential debate

By John Biver

While Chicago Cubs and White Sox fans are fastening their seat belts for an exciting ride through October, spectators of the greatest game of American politics have a momentous month ahead as well.

Just as a good coach can make the difference in baseball, the quality of staff in politics can make or break a campaign. Both John McCain andSarah Palin are going to be sprinting from here to the finish and the quality of much of what we hear from them until November 4th will depend upon who has their ear.

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Republicans continue to fail in their duty to sell

By John Biver

Political pundits talk of the 50-50 red-blue divide in America as if it’s the result of both sides clearly articulating their positions and only succeeding in convincing half of the population to vote their way. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Democrats like Barack Obama work overtime to find words to hide their real agenda. An Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) editorial we linked addresses this fact head on. Rather than frighten moderates by speaking to the true nature of their agenda, Obama and the Democrats speak in code and use euphemisms. The IBD says that “Obama is too smart to try to smuggle such hoary collectivist garbage through the front door.”

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Wanted: People with the ability to lead

By John Biver

John McCain trails Barack Obama in the national polls on this last Sunday in September and in Illinois, as Doug Ibendahl explained here, it’s not even close. McCain might still win the election but in Illinois it’s already over. The reason for this is what we’ve been saying on this website for years: a lack of effective Republican leadership.

Unfortunately the sad story of the IL GOP has somehow been mirrored nationally. President George W. Bush and Speaker Dennis Hastert chose not to work for domestic policy reforms (such as we outlined here) and instead increased the size of government as if they were liberal Democrats.

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Public opinion and political organization

By John Biver

Wise political leaders throughout American history have understood that public opinion is king. In the past several decades, however, shrill organized interest groups and a left-leaning press have made it a challenge for supporters…

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Political realism, change, and reform

By John Biver

“Change” is the catch word in today’s politics, and now “reform” has been added as its companion. To bring about both, real power is required. Why state the obvious? Because good people entering the…

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Where the power is, and what is needed

By John Biver

A lot of political activists are confused about where the ultimate power lies in Illinois politics and government. Many who run political or issue organizations think they have power – but to paraphrase Shakespeare’s…

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Convention speeches, follow-through, and reform

By John Biver

With John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s convention speeches done, the campaign kicks into high gear for the next two months. Both speeches were effective – McCain’s was workman like and Palin’s was historic. Both speeches had in them what…

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The GOP Convention and the Anbar Awakening

By John Biver

Previously we called for a political “counterinsurgency,” and outlined the parallels between what General David Petraeus did in Iraq and what needs to change in American on the political right. This week the Republican Convention should be about the…

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Hurricane Sarah

By John Biver

Reform supporting Republicans aren’t worried about Hurricane Gustav impacting their party’s convention for several reasons, not the least of which is that they look forward to Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal providing the nation…

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The church pulpit v. the bully pulpit

By John Biver

Last week a friend asked if I had addressed the issue of the kind of blatant Not-For-Profit violations that are often seen in liberal and minority churches. It’s well known and talked about generally,…

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