For those who aren't already aware, Garrison Keillor's nephew's wife babysits my nephew. My only other connection to Garrison Keillor (other than residing in the same state) is his presence in a dream I had last Friday night. As I was drawing a cartoon on the hood of a 1970 Chevy Impala, Garrison Keillor frumpishly passed by and refused to look at my work. I realized it wasn't the first time he had given me the cold shoulder. Before exiting my dream he conceded politely that although he understood I was a 'hate' artist, he would give my site a look the next time he was roving through the internet, which I had the distinct impression would be never. Perhaps my dream Garrison will change his mind and drop by one day for a visit.
President Bush has a good chance of adding Minnesota to his electoral college tally early next month, a probability which isn't being celebrated by homegrown liberal celebs such as Al Franken or Jessica Lange or Garrison Keillor. I know for a fact Garrison Keillor won't be celebrating because I witnessed his non-defense of his deceptively subtitled Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America during an interview with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel last month, and I've read his previous 'plain thoughts' on President Bush and Norm Coleman, the latter of whom he has referred to with exceptionally bitter anger, including calling down the wrath of God upon our Republican Senator for his 'sins.' For this last bit of business I admire Garrison's initiative if not his aim. Norm Coleman for all his faults has far outshone his do-nothing Democratic Senate counterpart who evacuated his Washington offices last week and is currently conducting business in a location the terrorists hopefully won't Target. I understand that we are paying Mr. Keillor against our will for his long running radio program, but at least we are receiving product for monies paid.
Much has been said about Mr. Keillor's latest musings in conservative circles, and much more has been said by Garrison to provoke the criticism. The nation has recoiled from the brink of socialism like a drunk avoiding that last muddy fall into the gutter. Many like myself are thankful that we have so far avoided the greatest mistakes of past civilizations and therefore disaster, but the rest see us tumbling blindly over the precipice and remain in a perpetual state of panic. We live with the government Ollie and Lena voted for, but no matter. God is great, and He has afforded us the light of humor by which we can discern the truth. As a former evangelical and a gifted humorist, Mr. Keillor deserves better than the bitter legacy he seems so intent to carve for himself out of a great career.