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Welty Campaign Central

No one in Minnesota has been more critical of the fraud who became President of the United States earlier or more often or more passionately than the author of this 12-year-old blog dedicated to the genius, patriotism and martyr to Democracy, Abraham Lincoln. No Republican in Congress dares to publicly admit that Donald Trump is little more than a crude, chaos sowing, demagogue who bullied his way several levels above his proper place in the Peter Principle. The memory of Lincoln demands a Republican congressman who will bring honor to the Party of Lincoln once again.

Harry is recording short video summaries of questions voters might be interested in. This will take you to a minute long explanation of why he’s running.

Who knows, this blog might become more accessible than the three million dollars worth of Advertising Congressman Stauber’s campaign can count on from mystery donors. Every public appearance by President Trump in the time of Cornonvirus ought to shift votes Harry’s way. And Harry reminds Minnesotans that any registered resident of the 8th District can vote for him in August’s Republican Primary. That includes Democrats who once crossed over to vote for Republican Governor Arne Carlson and saw to it that he would be on the general election ballot instead of a rabid right-winger. That was 1994. Let’s do it again!

Feel free to submit your own question to Harry at . In the meantime Harry has anticipated some of them and offers mostly short answers here: Continue reading

Summing up what my campaign is about

KBJR asked me what my campaign is all about. I emailed them this explanation:

This campaign is about the cures that Donald Trump is killing America with. His cures for our health our economy and the seeds of distrust he has sown will cripple America for decades. That’s not the Republican party in the history books that ended slavery and saved the union.

I ran as a protest candidate against a fake Republican, Trumplican Congressman Pete Stauber two years ago. Because he has failed to separate himself from Trump he will have no credibility with next year’s all-but-certain Democratic Congress. Because I have a long history of opposing Trump I will have the credibility to work with Democrats and more importantly to call them to account when they overreach. I like Democrats. Republicans have forgotten what my Republican Mother taught me. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

If you have any other questions shoot them this way.

Probably the best photo the Trib ever took of me

And the story to go with it:

I decided to avoid the tomorrow’s last day to file rush. I wrote up the previous post, contributed $50.00 to George Conway’s Lincoln Project. It was the least I could do after the group’s confederate flag ad and then I took my first drive out of town for the last two months.

The State Capital has been cleaned up and it was beautiful under the blue and white sky. It was guarded at all entrances by the National Guard.

I arrived a little after noon and found a short line of candidates ahead of me. One fellow who had just signed the short candidate filing papers was without a mask. He looked at me behind the cotton mask Claudia gave me and told me that it was only good for making me feel good about myself. I was more amused than irritated. I asked him if he was a Republican. He said he was with the Veterans Party because it was time to abandon the big two. He explained all about his ten years in emergency management or something like that. It was the reason he knew only realy N-95 masks were useful…….He didn’t explain why he wasn’t wearing one but he told me that Governor Walz was violating the Constitution by making people wear them. One thing I’ve learned in life is that new third parties attract Know-it-alls just like the regular parties.

And then I handed in my filing paper. I’m on the ballot again. A little after I got home I found a text from the DNT’s Brady Slater. He wanted to give me a call for a story. The story is fine, despite the tired but accurate description of me as a perennial candidate. We had a cordial conversation and I discovered he spoke French. I recommended the French television series Le Petite Murtres P Agata Christie. I told him its very funny. I’ve been encouraging my French Pen pal S to watch it. Despite the subtitles I think most English speaking people would find it amusing. I particularly recommend the second ensemble of actors with the red head on the motorcycle and the Secretary that’s a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. The latter’s name in Elodie Frenk and she is a stictch.

Positive signs, a little snow, and filing for Congress

While President Trump plays Dick Cheney and hides in the Presidential bunkers some of the men in blue around the country who are dealing with the fallout from his braggadocio are pulling Colin Kaepernick’s and taking a knee instead of pressing it on justice.

The President was as quick as me to lay the blame for the anonymous fire bombing. He laid the blame on Antifa (antifascista) a loosely organized group intended to fight fascist groups that cheer the President on and bring their own mayhem around the country. I blamed people who wanted to start a race war. Call them the Helter Skelter crowd. We are both surely being overly simplistic. A mob has its own synergy and many if not most peaceful protests bring out people who are simply gratified by chaos.

I’ve been doing some writing about the Vietnam peace protests in Mankato when I was attending the college there. I stayed far away from the takeover of Highway 169 in the Spring of 1972 which led to bottle throwing at the police and some use of tear gas. In France the mobs lopped off heads much to the discomfort of retired American revolutionaries. Angry crowds have a hard time policing themselves so the police must do it. When the Mankato peace marchers headed to the Highway I vividly remember seeing an old nemisis of mine who didn’t go to college heading in that direction in a state of some intoxication. I mentioned him in an old column of mine twenty years ago. He was the rat taking great pleasure in aiming his kicks at my gonads while I was locked in combat with Wayne…….Wayne turns out to be the hero of this story.

I have been impressed with the Duluth police and I’m not surprised. Anyone knowing the history of Duluth and the origins of our City’s greatest shame will understand the lengths to which Chief Tusken is inclined to go toward decency. That inclination is doubled in what has become Denfeld High School which has the highest minority student population. It’s new principal is the Chief’s brother.

I’ve just called the Secretary of State’s office in St. Paul to make sure I have everything I need to file for Congress today. Claudia didn’t realize I’d be required to go there and is suffering a little anxiety because of all the news about the late night riots. It will be my fourth trip down to file for Congress and my second time to file as a Republican. For any elective office covering over two Minnesota counties this is the only place to file. I asked the fellow who answered the phone about the Covid-19 protocols. It will be just like going to Mt. Royal Supermarket. I’ll take the mask that Claudia hand sewed with me. I also asked about riots. He assured me that everything is calm. Then I joked with him about whether President Trump might get his way and cancel the elections all together after all the crisis he’s helped foment and heap fuel on. The staff member seemed a little puzzled at any serious thought of a postponement of our elections. I hope he’s not underestimating the work of our troll under the White House.

By the way. This post will serve as my Press Release. I should add, if I haven’t been clear, that this election is about the fitness in office of President Trump and any of our representatives who are too timid to challenge the mayhem our President has caused the United States. I’m filing as a Republican in a last ditch effort to prevent the forces of darkness from snuffing out the last vestiges of the Republican Party’s founder Abraham Lincoln. I hope its not too late. For my part, I was far ahead of George Conway and the Lincoln Project (but they have better commercials).

My efforts to alert America to the danger of Donald Trump began in 2016. five years ago at the prospect of having an uninformed egoist and demagogue sweep away the passel of nothing-burger presidential wannabes of today’s Republican Party. Here’s my first contribution to that message in snow which I later turned into a “trading card”:

149 words and a decision

I have just decided to smell the roses. I’ll file for the Congress next week but I found what I’ve been looking for. I’ve told Claudia for twenty years that I want to be a writer. Perhaps getting elected to Congress would be like the proverbial car a dog tries to catch but has no clue what to do with it should he succeed. I know just what I’d do but I waited too long to finish a book that would help me get elected. However, my eagerness over the past to weeks to get started writing a book that’s been inside me for several decades has been very rewarding. I’ve decided that writing a book I’ll be proud to have authored is more important to me than cobbling together a protest campaign for Congress.

This month I’ve been slowly picking up speed like an old Atlas rocket. They seemed to hover over the launch pad forever as they inched above the Earth. Two weeks ago everything I’d been doing came together. I’ve already got 65 sales to honor and my buyers have been patient with me. I’m going to send them something I wouldn’t mind putting on a book shelf.

The journal above is what tipped me over to this decision. I’d found so much to work with that haste put a good book out of reach. A proper edit can’t be done in two weeks or even a month. But everyday for the past couple weeks even with a couple hick ups I’ve been pleased with what I have.

This morning I had to rummage through an old box of my mementos to answer a nagging question. It led me to my entire journal from my two week 1962 vacation and my first sight of the Ocean. That’s it up above. Its 149 words counting numbers as well as words.

I’m going to elaborate on that first day because I enjoyed seeing how much I’ve improved as a writer over my 11 year old self sixty-eight years ago. Today I’ve pounded out ten or twenty million words on my keyboard.

The vacation must have been my Dad’s brainchild. He wanted to take his Mother and my Mother’s father along with us for a trip to the East Coast. Dad was a public servant so he only had two weeks vacation time. We would take our car and one of my Grandparent’s cars. I don’t remember whose but my parents would do the lion’s share of the driving.

To make it to the East coast we would have to put a lot of mileage on the cars the first and last days. As we were about to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis at about noon my Mom and Dad lost track of each other. I think my Mother was behind following Dad and he thought she missed a turn. He doubled back to find her in a seedy part of downtown St. Louis. When she didn’t turn up he had to conclude she had figured out how to continue on. We had no cell phones so we cooled our heels for maybe twenty minutes before Dad had no choice but get back in the car and proceed to the planned lunch stop. That was Vincennes, Indiana. Before we left I think he might have put a call in the police Department to ask if anyone reported getting lost on the freeways. Now we would have to keep our eyes pealed for the other car hoping to catch sight of it in a parking lot by some cafe. We saw it. And that suggests to me that it was our grandfather’s car. Grandfather was riding in the car Mom was driving and I don’t think she would have started the trip out driving her mother-in-laws car. If so, it was his Studebaker a car I would use ten years later for my stint as a Republican campaign operative.

My “journal” says only ….why there it is…”grampas car” It also blames my Mom for getting lost but she is the driver who first proceeded to Indiana and our late lunch.

The journal was my Grandmother Ruth Welty’s idea. I guess she knew that world travelers kept such journals and the teacher in her thought this would be a wonderful thing for me to do. As little as I wrote I would take this to heart and write similar but ever so slightly more expansive ones through high school as my Father took ever more expansive trips to get us to all 49 US states on the North American continent.

I remember far more than I ever recorded. I remember seeing the memorial to George Roger’s Clark as we looked for my Grandfather’s car. I had played him in a PTA play in fifth grade. That’s probably why I remember it.

Well I just had my computer count the words in paragraphs 5,6,7,8,9 and 10. I just took 598 words to describe one anecdote from the first day. That’s better than three times the words I expended on two full weeks of travel. And I didn’t even mention the lunch we had. So here goes:

Both my grandparents were Republicans but having been a teacher and having been thrust into unexpected poverty when her husband Henry Franklin Welty died in 1947 my Grandmother had a very different point of view. When we had finished having lunch my Grandfather, the recently retired Kansas State Auditor, left about 15 or 25 cents for a tip. My Grandmother was distressed by this and when he was almost out of the diner I watcher her as she put more on the table to sooth her conscience. I’m not sure how my Grandfather found about this addition but he told my Mother that her mother-in-law was improvident and that such generosity would lead to her ruin.

Donald Trump the triple threat……just today

The White House is going dark on the economy.

The White House reportedly will not release updated economic projections this summer, an unprecedented move that comes amid a crippling downturn caused by the coronavirus and the measures enacted to … View the article.


The President uses $29 million tax payer bucks to advertise his campaign for reelection.

A postcard mailer that went out to nearly all adult American citizens simply to highlight impeached President Donald Trump’s role in the stimulus check program cost the government $28 million. Trump’s … View the article.

Meanwhile to prevent mail in ballots and a lower risk of corona virus infection Trump is strangling the postal service that his senior voters depend upon.

I vent for my French penpal over today’s headlines and Donald Trump

This morning as I woke to headlines coming from Minneapolis. My innocent French penpal asked how my book writing was going and then asked about about Donald Trump. This is the question/litany S. sent me:

S writes:

So I read in the French news what is written about the Scarborough affair. Yes Trump accused him not directly to be at the origin of his secretary death.

And I read also:
“This is not the first time that the billionaire has engaged in such outrage: in 2016, during the Republican primaries, he accused the father of his opponent Ted Cruz of being involved in … the death of Kennedy in 1963. He also accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of having played a role in the death of Vince Foster, a White House adviser who committed suicide in 1993. He also expressed doubts about Barack Obama after the death in an accident plane crash of a Hawaii state official in 2013, or the Orlando shooting claimed by ISIS in 2016.

My reply:

About Trump’s mendacity.

I began paying attention to Trump when he used his father’s wealth to carve out more property in New York. He violated open housing laws to keep black residents out of his apartments. He used his wealth to fight the Government in court till he got his hands slapped ( meaning he was barely punished)

Not long after this he began suggesting that our presidents were so stupid that he ought to be President. No one took him seriously back then.

When in the 1990’s a white woman runner (jogger) was attacked and raped in New York’s Central Park it was thought she might have been attacked by a bunch of young black men who had been acting up in the park.

Always eager to be in the news Trump spent $100,000 dollars on ads in NY Papers saying that the 5 young black me arrested afterwards should be hung even though capital punishment had been outlawed in the state. His pressure helped convict them all and they spent a decade behind bars until the real culprit was found. Like every other bit of mischief he’s been behind he never apologized.

He spent months saying that Obama was born in Africa. No apologies for that. He’s spent months making patriotic white America furious over black athletes who took a prayerful pose kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during football games instead of standing up hand over their hearts.

What they were protesting was centuries of black abuse at the hands of police forces that took special care to keep black slaves, later to be citizens, in line.

Today in my state of Minnesota dozens of blocks of our biggest city Minneapolis lie burning after the fifth unarmed black suspect died at the hands of police in the two years. Three policemen stood by while a fourth strangled a black man by putting his knee in his neck to handcuff and arrest him for being uncooperative.

This was watched by dozens of neighbors who begged the police not to continue. The man’s offense. He was suspected of passing a counterfeit 20 dollar bill in a store. Today there have been tens of millions of dollars in property damage because our police all too often act like the mafia when one of them acts viciously. But in the era of cell phones the whole nation can see the excesses on the nightly news so that it’s no longer possible for the police to cover up for each other.

Trump’s reaction is to claim that in addition to his presidential immunity from prosecution from criminal offenses he has a right to lie on Twitter. He is astonished that social media now tells people when he lies. They have no right to do that! It violates his 1st amendment rights which as President are godlike. He is, of course, investigating Twitter to stop them from letting people know when he prevaricates.

All this is true and factual and just the smallest sample of Donald Trump’s mendacity.

Not all Americans agree with me that he is vile. Many have adopted the opinion that while he is an SOB at least he is their SOB. That makes it OK. (SOB= son of a bitch)

I started writing in my book early today. I don’t know how long it will take but it’s time I put it all down on paper…..or in the internet.

Questions for Pete Stauber #1

Do you support a President who repeatedly tells his forty million followers on Twitter that Talk Show host Joe Scarborough is a murderer?

Follow up:

Does the Presidency give President Trump more 1st Amendment rights to lie than the rest of the people in America?

Next person who gets a robo call inviting you to one of Pete’s ubiquitous town hall forum phone calls feel free to pose either question to Congressman Stauber. Push the button right away to ask a question because it takes a while for you to pose them to Pete. I waited over an hour and I couldn’t ask my question.

Crowdsourced proof reading?

As I prepare to lock horns with Pete Stauber and the Evil Empire of President Trump, I could use some help with this:

I have ten days of writing and preparation ahead of me to get the text written and organized for this book. Eleven days from now, June 2nd. (or before), I must travel to the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State in St. Paul and file for Congress.

The last five days I have been doing the work of months roughing out two chapters a day. I have another ten days to rough out another six or seven chapters. I’ve been putting the book together like a jigsaw puzzle telling voters what I think they need to know about me and scraping off at least some of what is distracting. I want to publish a book which is at least a little more finely tuned than a Presidential tweet.

So, I hope to crowd-source my proof reading. Anyone interested in either a sneak preview or helping me mount my steed for my Quixote-like charge to topple giants will have their name pushed to the front of a very special line – the people I interview for my Congressional Office staff.

As I write this my inclination is to give no more than two chapters to any individual proof reader. Once they’ve gotten their two chapters I want my proofers to get them back to me in two days. I hope enough volunteers step forward so that each chapter has at least a couple more eyes to pass over other than mine.

I still have plenty of other book publishing related tasks ahead of me. I have to format the book, insert graphics, find a printer, get an ISBN number so that the book can be ordered from Amazon and other outlets and figure out how to set it up for Kindle and Nook downloads.

If you would like to distract yourself from corona virus isolation with this flight of fancy send me an email at:

“Who would like to help me bake the bread?” Asked the the Little Red Hen.

I have my book’s front cover planned

I’ll let the professionals clean it up.

I’m taking pre-sales now. It will be money better spent than on tuition for Trump University.

Remember when you buy it the pay pal button says its for Harry Welty’s School Board campaign. That’s no longer accurate. Its explained in the previous post but this will be money paid to Harry Welty who will use as much of it as he needs to campaign for Congress and Minnesota’s August primary. The book is on offer for twenty dollars but don’t feel that that’s all you can give Harry to pay for his own campaign so as to avoid messing around with all sorts of federal campaign spending reports.

BTW – I haven’t consulted with any campaign attorneys for advice about this operation of mine but I figure if Republican U.S. Senators can get inside Corona virus information and make millions off the looming deaths of the constituents they represent I ought to be able to handle any investigation by the Authorities before President Trump fires them all.

PS. I don’t know what page the answer to the question will be put on. I’m still organizing the book.

Congress – Fish or Cut Bait

Well I’m going to fish of course. For three hundred dollars? That’s what it costs to file for Congress in Minnesota. That’s nuthin for a thousanaire like me.

My most recent plan was to finish my book for Congressional campaigning in May. We are past the ides. So last night after binging on three PBS Finale’s I texted S. my French pen pal to say I will be hard to reach for the next two weeks. I decided my first task, after limiting myself to a single hour of NPR’s Morning Edition was to research getting an ISBN number for my book. Before I found this page I ran into all sorts of self publishing business websites. Sheesh.

This will be my second ISBN number. I got my first ISBN – 0-9632953-0-6 in 1992 for another book I used to campaign for Congress. I wrote that book to force myself to learn to write. After I managed that I decided that instead of begging for contributions to a campaign against both Republicans and Democrats for Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional seat I could sell the book to fund a campaign for Congress.

This year’s book is intended to do the same. Fund a campaign for Congress but not by pushing a kid’s adventure story. Rather, I want to give voters, readers and all Americans some hope that we can escape the black hole of paranoia overtaking Earth. Tall order? You bet it is. Unless you are a crazy optimist. It helps that I like the people that are wrecking everything. Oh, I’m impatient with them and horrified by what they are willing to do as their paranoia and self righteousness runs rampant. But I still like them. I suspect Jesus liked the moneylenders whose tables he overturned at the Temple. Yes, I like them even if they kill my grandchildren, as they are blindly attempting to do. I understand that that is not their goal.

My book is already substantially written. A few select and self-chosen people in Duluth have already read parts of it because I am a promiscuous author. My task now is to take twenty years of labor sift through it and organize some small part of it into a coherent explanation of everything. Tall order? You bet it is.

I can’t finish the book in two weeks but if I give the project ten hours a day for the next fourteen days I’ll come close. I am determined to fulfill the first 65 sales I made of the book last year. Wish me luck and stay tuned. My goal is nothing less than lifting the world back onto its feet.

The tentative Title for this book: Who the Hell is Harry Welty and why can a loser like him help knock some sense into us?

Actually, so far its only Who the Hell is Harry Welty and. Every ten minutes some new conclusion to that title occurs to me. My front page is already planned. If you read “One more paragraph” I’ll tell you how I plan to use this book to raise money to campaign. (followed by one more paragraph for you to make a book purchase in advance of publishing)

One more paragraph: First, this is a corona campaign. Social media is the campaign. Advertising on Facebook is a little different from buying billboards but this year voters sequestered at home won’t drive past billboards. Second, I have put up with the financial reporting rules of running for Congress three times before. I don’t have the patience for that. If I don’t get more than $5,000 in contributions I don’t have to report anything. That means I can spend my own money. So, I’ll sell my book and take the profits to buy online advertising. I’ll have to pay income taxes on the “profits” but I won’t be breaking any laws. Also, while the books will sell for around $20 I will be happy to accept higher payments to speed up the race for Internet advertising funds. The funds will be mine however. In effect purchases over the $20 will be gifts which I will have to report as income to the IRS. If I sell a lot of books I’ll have to pay a lot of taxes. Hooray! In our stand-still Corona economy I’ll be able to send a little something to Uncle Sam to help us get out of the economic funk. Third, My book will explain my unconventional approach to putting America back on its feet again. Its not by holding my tongue. My tongue is too slippery for even me to manage. I have strong opinions and will not sit on them. Instead, I will keep liking the people who are wrecking everything. Maybe they will even get to like me. That’s my aim. That’s our cure. Telling everyone who the Hell Harry Welty is, is the beginning of my campaign to fix everything.

Want a book? Want to buy it? Well, I haven’t yet fixed my pay pal account to list this as a book purchase. The pay pal button calls it a “Donation” for my old School Board campaign. I still have the same bank account but now its for Harry Welty not my school board campaign. And your “donation” is not a donation. It is a book purchase/gift to Harry Welty of Duluth, Minnesota. I will use this income to give my campaign for Congress a leg up. Below this paragraph is the misnamed “donation” button. As Donald Trump once asked before we had a chance to learn the answer to his question, “What have you got to lose?”

Lost and Found

For two years I’ve been looking for this map.

Its a map from the records of the US military and it shows the terrain my Grandfather’s company traveled for the days leading up to his getting shot to hell in France at a village named Sechault. In 2018 I finally got a chance to visit the village a hundred years after my Grandfather’s war came to a bullet riddled end. Not his life. The Congressional Medal of Honor he was awarded afterward really made his life. Its one of several books I’d like to write. But although I turned my office inside out to find it I never did. Until yesterday when I was working on another book for this congressional campaign. Continue reading

Harry, what are your tasks?

Below is question from my French penpal. I will not give my pal the satisfaction of seeing a list like you would make before going shopping. I’m asked what will I offer my voters. The short answer is I will bring a radically honest voice to Congress to a nation so jaded about dishonesty that they voted for the most duplicitous politician on Earth to become their 45th president. To make it all the sweeter I plan to follow Will Roger’s credo in our paranoid world. Rogers said: “I never met a man (and I presume Will meant women too) I didn’t like.” That extends even to Donald Trump even though this wouldn’t have prevented me from voting to impeach him.

BTW: A much longer and more diffuse answer will follow:

“Harry I understand well that you run for Congress . That’s clear .
As I asked you some weeks ago what would be your task?what would you change in the policy of your country and at first in Minnesota ?
What are the problems that should be solved at first?
What are the main grievances, the complaints of your fellows citizens?
And what will be your responses and actions to improve the situation? ( point after point).
I would be pleased if you could summarize it for me..

My longer and more diffuse Answer:

I will bring a sense of humor , charity and humility to the hard work of scrubbing nastiness out of Washington D.C. It may not work. I’ve followed the same path in Duluth for thirty years. The Trib’s editors are short tempered about me. The people who’s noses I rub into the disaster that was their glory – the Red Plan – don’t like my “I told you so.” attitude and anyone who doesn’t like my writing about their pimples on my blog or in the Duluth Reader has reason to be put-out with me. I’m not Jesus turning over the money lender’s tables. I’m just a guy who takes seriously the call in John 8:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)
“The Truth Will Set You Free”

Like my hero Lincoln, I have a sense of humor about myself which you can find all over my writing. And humor is a sponge that soaks in the truth something Lincoln had in spades. His nickname was “Honest Abe.” And like Lincoln I take myself very seriously. Abe’s law partner watched as Lincoln schemed to step from obscurity into greatness. Here’s how John R. Leopold described it in the Baltimore Sun a quarter of a century ago: “Lincoln did not wait for events to seize him by the collar and guide his political decisions. As Herndon said, those who think that Lincoln waited for people to call him have “a very erroneous knowledge of Lincoln. He was always calculating and planning ahead. His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”

My penpal’s question presumes that voters are motivated by tangible issues. For instance Pete Stauber has taken the side of copper mining in Northeastern Minnesota over the side of saving our Earth’s precious and ever more rapidly polluted water supplies. He governs as though only one side has a hold of the truth when in fact both sides do. At present I believe we have a government that can assure both sides win. Getting Donald Trump to force copper mining through is not the way. And probably, getting Obama to insure that copper exploration and mining came to and end was not the right way either.

For many issues there are no quick solutions as we are learning with corona virus. It took thirty years of research and development and investment to reach the mining and refining of low grade taconite ore thereby saving the Iron Range’s mining industry. I believe copper mining will be critical to addressing humanity’s future needs. But who knows. Maybe we are educating a new Einstein somewhere who will discover that sand can be used for the purpose of transmitting power. And that is another thing that separates me from almost every Republican in Congress now. I believe in science and education not de-funding them.

Lincoln himself was a devoted proponent of science and education. He despaired over his own meager public education. Had he not been sidetracked by the issues of the day, Disunion and slavery, he would have waded into this work. As distracted as he was during the four years of his Civil War presidency he still managed to lay the groundwork for railroads to the Pacific; the homesteading of the continents great interior; while holding tenaciously to the platform of his deceased political party, the Whigs’ for Internal Improvements.

Pete Stauber suggested that he was very interested in more fully funding Special Education in his attempt to distract critics from his Trumplican addiction. Of course, this will be futile after the massive funding to fight corona virus. And BTW, as a Duluth school board member prior to another distraction, 9-11, I too witnessed an opportunity for more national support of special ed when Senator Paul Wellstone came to a Duluth School Board meeting. He and George Bush were working on it.

But let’s face facts. Even in the good old days before Newt Gingrich and the Republicans of 1994 began dismantling the old pork barrel Congress, only senior Congressman could get lots of money to their Districts. That was the specialty of Cong. James Oberstar who funded small airports all over his northeastern Minnesota District as Chairman of the Air traffic Committee of the Committee on Public Works.

I filed and ran against Oberstar in 1992 and 2006 both times as an Independent Candidate. I was frustrated by the gridlock of Congress and that was before it became fully toxic at the behest of Republicans funded by the NRA and Dark Money. Wow. That accusation almost makes it look like I’m knocking over the tables of the money lenders.

I’ll point to my old foe and now friend former Representative Mike Jaros. I ran against Mike twice in 1976 and 1978. In the succeeding years as ever more ferocious Republicans took over the Party Mike would ask me plaintively where all the Republicans like me were. The answer. They were purged for not meeting Mao tse Tung like tests of purity, tests that even Ronald Reagan or the Party’s founder Abraham Lincoln could pass.

And even as I say this I fully expect that I can have cordial if tense relations with even the most rabid Republicans on Capitol Hill.


* I will bring a fresh, open minded and historically minded attitude to Congress to bring unity where there is now discord.

* I will do what generations of purged Republicans used to do – bring skepticism to the Democrats long-thwarted but right-minded desire to fix every problem.

* I will be very happy to reimpose an estate (death) tax on the rich who Reagan’s heirs restored to the status of aristocrats.

* I will be quick to restore and maybe even promote the Sandersesque Universal Payer health insurance plan.

* I will always promote honest science over dishonest actors of every stripe.

And most importantly

* I will fight to restore the Earth through green policies that will keep the ice on the Polar Ice Caps, forests in the Equatorial regions, purity to the waters of our oceans, and temperate weather to the Earth that our grandchildren will need to live in.

Politics of Israel

Pete Stauber went on a Congressional tour of Israel. As I recall he walked down to touch the Jordan River while saying the government of Bibi Netanyahu was our most important ally in the Middle East. As a Congressman I’ll have my own perspective about our most important Middle eastern ally.

The first really big book I read was James Michener’s The Source. Michener was a world citizen if ever there was one. His 1000 page works of historical fiction took up a lot of space on a book shelf. The Source was about Israel and my last year in high school learning more about that corner of the world led me to stick my nose in a formidable wall of paper and ink. I only got half way through it that summer but the next year I picked it up again and polished it off. The book about the discoveries of fictitious archaeologists digging through a hill, a tell, built through generations of people from the stone age to the modern era living near a spring.

Since that time I’ve relied on non fiction for my history but the introduction of the archaeologists at the beginning was charming. To the surprise of the book’s modern day narrator there was an Arab academic in the mix of diggers. The narrator was surprised to see a Muslim working side by side with Jewish Israelis. They all found the surprise of the American narrator charming. Why of course the Palestinians and Israeli’s got along famously. Until the didn’t in fifty years of news coverage.

So here are two of my Not Eudora columns the first, Eve of Destruction, from May 16, 2002.

And the second, You have my Sympathy Ilhan, written in Feb. 15, 2019

Semi-quarantine since March 15th

Claudia has only been out of the house a half dozen times since our last church service on March 15th. On that date our church was one of only three that held actually in the sanctuary church services. Since that time we’ve only participated in the Church at a distance on line. Its the first time Claudia and I have sung as a duet in all our married life… far as I can recall.

Two weeks later I started category 139 on the blog, Congressional Election 2020

This morning after a pretty thorough night’s sleep after organizing my office for the first time in a year or two I walked up to find my office in fine shape for my corona virus campaign and a month of putting a book together for the campaign.

Behind one wall of my office I have a filing room crammed full of 50 years worth of paper work only marginally organized. But almost everything I need for putting my book together on this side of that storage unit is now at my finger tips. Yesterday I spent eight hours putting everything at my fingertips. As I basked in the organization I entered a question in my google for the heck of it. How many words are in a 200 page book. After twenty years of trillions of googles there is little that can not be found at the push of a finger and a well crafted question. An answer (not THE answer as no such thing exists) was 60,000 words. Piffle. I expected twice that many words. Another related question also popped up how long would it take to write a 200 page book. An answer (again) was five to seven months. I plan to give myself one month. And yet another answer to yet another related question helps explain my confidence that I can come close to managing this. It explained that most writer have oodles of stuff they have already written that they can put into a book and they went on to list three or four of the sources available to writers including blogs. Hell, four years ago I estimated the blog had ten million words in it already. In fact, there is so much available to me in the blog that its like skiing during an avalanche.

BTW – I’m categorizing this post in Harry’s Diary and Blog housekeeping as well as campaign related categories.

Last night I woke a couple times. On the second occasion I read the last chapter of the book on Madison and Monroe by Chris DeRose. Like all my non fiction books stretching back to the 1980’s when I first began keeping track of my “serious” reading its full of yellow magic marker where things of particular note caught my attention. I did it to make finding things easier at some nebulous future date. Founding Rivals is no Exception:

This was among the more useful pages in that last chapter:

Chris DeRose is a Republican. He helped elect Wisconsin’s Congressman Sean Duffy. He has been less lucky in some of his own campaigns for public office which might be a result of his spending too much time in his head trying to understand the world instead of simply bullshitting his way into public office. Certainly the star of this book spent a lot of time doing that and every American should be grateful to tiny James Madison for towering over his peers in anticipating how we could act collectively under what was then an extremely controversial plan to abandon the incompetent Confederation we created after the Revolutionary War to a Republic that, as critics saw it, could plunder the individual states if a tyrant took it over.

This particular page has a fascinating and rare footnote about the college kid who took the C he got on a paper as a challenge to pass one of two constitutional amendments Monroe was unsuccessful in adding to the Bill of Rights. The kid had written that it was still possible to get 3/4ths of the states to join the six who had voted for it in 1790. It was an amendment which postponed any pay raises for Congress to the year after the next election. In 1982 Gregory Watson lobbied every state to vote for the amendment and by 1992 it became the Twenty-seventh Amendment.

I thought of the effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment years after it fell a few state’s short of adoption when I read this.

Corona Virus has helped me find the time to organize myself, read important history, and, thanks to the ever increasing incompetence of our President, given me the motivation to run for Congress one more time. We need a few more thoughtful people to counteract the ignorance running amok in Republican-land.

My alarm just went off. Time for me to go curbside and pick up some library books.

Cassandra 2

Cassandra was a woman cursed to tell only the truth. I began calling myself Cassandra when I was first elected to the School Board because I was always looking ahead to what could possibly go wrong with school board decisions. After I stepped off the School Board I was alarmed when the board succeeding me decided to go around voters to build the biggest school facilities plan imaginable. That was the Red Plan which consumed this blog and this author for the better part of five years. (Wow. More than 1,800 posts) There are only six posts referring to “Cassandra” and the earliest only goes back to 2010 when I wrote that Loren Martell has taken over my role as Cassandra.

Another more relatable person to people in the Christian world is a “prophet.” I’ll accept that description as well with no qualms.

I have been finishing the book Founding Rivals by Chris DeRose. Its excellent. I’ve left my book full or yellow marker. Here is a bit of prophecy by James Madison:

“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

We have two sides in America who believe this. Republicans of the Fox News persuasion say this will be done by Democrats. But over the past twenty years Democrats have seen the usurpations mount from the Fox News side. This is a large part of the book I am putting together. I offer my witness that its the Republicans not the Democrats that have succeeded blindingly well at this. And now they have the gunslingers from the survivalist Era marching into state capitol buildings intimidating elected officials under the guise of protecting the rattlesnake they have come to embody.

Every news story I link to about the hellish changes we are making to our environment are me playing Cassandra. My four years of railing against Donald Trump in tiny out-of-left-field Duluth are me being Cassandra. Columns I wrote twenty years ago about the narrowness and the extremism of Republicans were me playing Cassandra. My warning that a Trump supporter who has a reputation as a nice guy is little more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing is yet another sample of me being Cassandra. Or it might be more accurate to say Congressman Pete Stauber is a sheep in the employ of a wolf. There are a lot of other things we call such sheep none of them too pleasant.

Donald Trump is a wolf but I agree with this description of him in the recent column about just how terrible the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to become. She Predicted the Coronavirus. What Does She Foresee Next? She too has been called a Cassandra. She said of Trump: Continue reading