Political Arena

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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Captains of Today’s Titanics

By John Biver

We’ve noted previously our appreciation for the libertarian Cato Institute as well as the fact that we disagree with them about half of the time. However, when it comes to the issues Cato is exactly…

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