democracy

2022 November

Taking the long view on democracy, and life

2022-11-06T08:47:44-05:00November 6th, 2022|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

It’s a fall day in rural Illinois, near Chicago, and, as I often do, I’m reading aloud to my bride. We’re across the border briefly. It’s just the papers with us. USA Today is in-hand. The Detroit Free Press and Kalamazoo Gazette, in the car’s back seat. I’m looking for a Chicago Tribune.

2018 June

Democracy? Meh.

2018-07-15T16:58:31-04:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

It was the other day, an ordinary day, a Saturday, when I voted. It was something. Really something. From my front door I walked to my advance polling station. Nobody harassed me on the way. I was met with kind greetings and smiles. Nobody had a gun. I didn’t even have my voter’s card, but a single piece of ID showed

2016 April

We have a limited democracy around here

2017-07-18T01:01:49-04:00April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It’s dinner. The vote goes in the kids’ favour for what DVD we will watch this evening. (Dad's latest find, a biography on Rich Mullins, will wait another night for, uh, Laura Ingills and company.) “Thank God for whoever invented democracy,” says Jon. “The Greeks did,” I noted. (More on this soon: some news from [...]