Those of you who know me well, or those of you who've had the experience of driving long distances with me, know that I am a great fan of Garrison Keillor. I have most of his cds (working on a complete collection) and listen to them and his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, quite often while I drive. Garrison's work is filled with idea of common decency, brotherhood, and a passionate embrace for the journey we are all on. He inspires me to do better in my work and my life.
So, basically, I like him.
Garrison is democrat from way back. He's the kind of democrat I was when I was a democrat. He's not a new democrat, a Republocrat - he's one of the good guys. I guess it's been the rise of the Republocrats that drove him to write his first book on political theory, Homegrown Democrat. It's a book I will be picking up... you know, if nobody... no female somebody... no female fiancée somebody... buys it for me (or buys me the book on CD!!!!). It's a book I highly encourage you to buy if you're at all politically minded or would like to consider your political beliefs rather than simply take them for granted.
As the book cover says:
In a book that is at once deeply personal and intellectually savvy, "Homegrown Democrat" is a celebration of liberalism as the "politics of kindness." In his inimitable style, Keillor draws on a lifetime of experience amongst the hardworking, God-fearing people of the Midwest and pays homage to the common code of civic necessities that arose from the left:
Protect the social compact.
Defend the powerless.
Maintain government as a necessary force for good.
Now, if you don't have the time or money right now to buy it, I fully understand. And that's why, I'd like to turn you on to Garrison's site where he has posted the first four chapters for you to read FOR FREE(!!!).
See... reading My Side pays off sometimes! ;-)