I fell in love with Garrison Keillor the first time I listened to his Prairie Home Companion on NPR. What an inventive, creative mind. His eccentric characters in News from Lake Woebegone remind me of eccentric family and friend from my own hometown. But my adoration for him was cemented when I read Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America, published in 2004. He hit on so many of my own thoughts about the party itself and the state of our country. Here are a few:
From Chapter 11: The Good Democrat -- Democrats distrust privilege and power. Power unchecked runs amok, tears up the garden, and the privileged become sluggish and dull if nobody talks back to them. We think royalty should ride bicycles and carry their own luggage; we think famous people ought to fix their kids' breakfasts and attend their school concerts. We don ...