Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. - Aristotle
John Kass is the only genuine voice coming out of Chicago. He is one tough Greek. Kass has carved up people in public life whom I like, understand and admire and that is Okay, because he tends to be fair. John Kass never seems to begin an inquiry with a pre-packaged answer like most of our lazy and self-absorbed and snotty columnists in Chicago tend to do. John Kass is most like us - the helots - the working stiffs. Most of us try to be fair and sometimes when we are focused on a problem we make people unhappy. Tough.
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
Like I said, John Kass is one tough Greek. He comes from working class, values working class, speaks working class and gets his hackles up when working class people get abused by Salonistas, Academics, political thieves, hypocrites and incompetents.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
John Kass does not do group think - he's a tough Greek. Greeks continue to gnaw through the bones to get at the marrow and substance of life.
Congressman Dan Lipinski is Polish and comes from a working class family - the trade is government. Like plumbers, pipe fitters, carpenters, electricians, cops and firemen, government workers whether elected, appointed, hired or contracted know the trade, That is something beyond the understanding of the Progressive.
Progressives call Andy Stern of SEIU a labor leader, though he came to exploit workers as an organizer via Academia. Journalists love that because then they too can play at working class and make lots of money off the working classes.
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
Last week, Congressman Dan Lipinski took a heroic stand against Obama Care. Cynics argue that he had "permission" from Axelrod and Rahm Emanual to vote the way he did.
Nonsense. Dan Lipinski showed me and my neighbors that he cared more for his faith and faith of his fathers than the American Quisling - Bart Stupak or to be thought well of frauds, phonies and MSNBC.
Now, SEIU and the corporate media are going flat-out to smear Dan Lipinski. Tough.
Greek tough guy John Kass presents the hard unvarnished truth -here is a tiny bit of John Kass on Dan Lipinski's heroic vote of principle. Click my post title for the marrow.
Lipinski's real problems are that he voted "no" and he upholds the teachings of his faith on abortion. These must surely be considered grievous secular sins in some quarters of the White House.
"And I thought we transcended the politics of the past. What happened?" Lipinski asked sarcastically.
He reports that in his predominately Catholic and conservative district, the support for his "no" vote is running 3-1 in his favor. If that's accurate, then he did the smart political thing by voting "no."
Smart politics or not, Lipinski is part of a tiny minority in his party. That bothers the White House, but it doesn't bother him.
The Weiners (D-NY & MSNBC) we shall have with us always - Dan Lipinski will have our votes.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.