The blame stops here

The Campaign for Our America shuts its doors for good at the end of this month, dead from lack of support, voter apathy and my own inability to rally enough people behind the cause.

I’ve spent the last three months trying to generate more support but appeals for help have gone largely unanswered and you can’t have a “national grassroots organization” with fewer than 100 contributors.

Responsibility for the failure is mine. I overestimated the appeal of this web site in drawing support for the cause. My ego got in the way of what I still think was a good idea but I’m too much of a lightning rod for controversy to serve as a catalyst for serious campaign reform.

Over the last 11 months, I’ve put every dollar of ad revenue from Capitol Hill Blue into the campaign along with twice that much out of my own pocket but I cannot, and will not, continue to channel either my personal resources or the resources of this web site into a cause that does not have public support.

Perhaps it is, as an email from one reader suggests, “a comeuppance” I deserve. Perhaps it is an indicator of a fractured America where no cause can generate the level of support needed to motivate serious change.

It is my belief that America, as both a nation and an institution, is in serious trouble and that the problems we face as citizens of this once-great nation may soon be irreversible, if they have not reached that point already.

I believe radical change is needed to save this country but the motivation from that change must be driven by someone who is less polarizing and whose past mistakes have led some to doubt his motives. I cannot serve that role and it was foolish for me to think I could.

The prospects facing us as we head into the 2008 election year leave me with feelings of dread and despair. I started the Campaign for Our America with the hope that we could find ways to re-energize public support to restore a place called the United States of America. I believe such support can be rallied but I do not have the answers on how to do it.

Recent polls say most Americans have lost faith in their country, their government and many doubt our prospects for the future.

As a review my recent writings, I realize that I too have lost faith. As a reader correctly noted earlier this week, I cannot be part of the solution as long as I am a catalyst for the problem.

America has lost its way. So has this web site. I can’t fix America’s problems but I can fix the problems that I believe have caused Capitol Hill Blue to stray off its path. That will be my focus in the coming weeks as we wrap up 2007.

The job will be easier with your help. This may be my web site but its goal has always been to serve its readers. Let me know what you think needs to be done and I’ll try like hell to make it work.


  1. Stratocaster

    There is only one issue. Bush and Cheney are criminals, and until they are prosecuted, it makes no sense to discuss anything else. They are setting a precedent in which the executive branch is above the law, and this cannot be allowed to happen. Without justice, there is no hope.

  2. Sandra Price

    Warren. I fear you are correct. I find in my area (N.W.Phoenix) that people are not interested in even discussing change in our government. Most are disheartened with the actions of Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43. If they were Democrats or Republicans, they are now neither. I tried the LP here and found little of interest for my agenda which is still firmly planted in limited government, individual freedoms and… know the rest.

    Hillbilly (above)mentioned trying to discuss one or two issues and letting the CHB readers come in with suggestions. I had hoped the Campaign for our America would have done this.

  3. Warren


    I’ve been reading this rant daily for the past few days, waiting for some inspiration that would add brilliant insight and at the same time would bolster your confidence and self-esteem.

    Other conversations with friends and family have intertwined, as well as local, national and international news. The amalgamation of this has led me to only one simple insight:

    Most Americans are f***ing idiots.


  4. John Farley

    Doug, you are a success as a journalist, and CHB is a delight to read.

    The failure of Campaign for Our America should not have been a surprise, because how much experience have you had as an organizer? It’s a different set of skills.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Carl Nemo

    Thanks “afteramerica” for your post to this string especially your heads-up concerning HR1955. This type of legislation is an example of how AmeriKa’s Congressional politburo will fast-track damaging legislation through their body. Instead of them making efforts to nullify the Patriot Act they are amending it in order to tighten their coils of tyranny about this once great nation, now simply their prey.

    In the past I’d post my duty links and recommend contacting your reps to voice your opinions, but this year has been one of my worst experiences trying to interface with my Washington State reps. Regardless of the feelgood rhetoric they pass my way, they invariably facilitate the latest NWO/PNAC/Bushco sponsored legislation facilitating the destruction of this once great nation.

    Your solution is best for those that are young enough and have the resources to do so. Canada, as an example, has had a national budget surplus for the past seven years, the Canadian dollar is now slightly above the value of the U.S. dollar. It enjoys the luxury of being protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, all at U.S. tax-debtor expense. It’s super-rich in strategic resources. It has more oil locked up in it’s tar sand deposits than all the oil reserves of the Middle East combined. DeBeers is mining diamonds in the NW Territories. So my advice is “go North, go North and don’t look back because you’ll turn to a pillar of salt-debt…!

    With HR1955 in place, they could even peg CHB as a site that provides a platform for extremism etc.,or any other site that questions the order of the day.

    I’m posting the link to HR1955 along with a Thomas Register Summary of the legislation. The last part of the legislation states that there will protections from Homeland Security trampling civil liberties etc. If people feel comfortable with this alleged protective clause; then I could sell them beachfront property in the Mohave’ for $10,000 per acre, no doubt…! 😐
    Thomas Register summary of the legislation

    Title: To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] (introduced 4/19/2007) Cosponsors (14)
    Latest Major Action: 10/24/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
    House Reports: 110-384 Part 1


    Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 – Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to add provisions concerning the prevention of homegrown terrorism (terrorism by individuals born, raised, or based and operating primarily in the United States).

    Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to: (1) establish a grant program to prevent radicalization (use of an extremist belief system for facilitating ideologically-based violence) and homegrown terrorism in the United States; (2) establish or designate a university-based Center of Excellence for the Study of Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States; and (3) conduct a survey of methodologies implemented by foreign nations to prevent radicalization and homegrown terrorism.

    Prohibits the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to prevent ideologically-based violence and homegrown terrorism from violating the constitutional and civil rights, and civil liberties, of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

    THOMAS Home | Contact | Accessibility | Legal | FirstGov

    This legislation is headed for the Senate;ie., the Supreme Council of the aforementioned politburo. No doubt these traitors will rubber-stamp this legislation. You may care to contact your Senators encouraging them to vote no, but since it was passed with such overwhelming bi-partisan support just like the Patriot Act, I see it as being ratified there too.

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. ekaton

    OK, enough whining and pining away for poor old Doug. Yes we all still love him.

    Doug, recently you wrote at least two eloquent “rants” that are way more than that. They might accurately be called summations of the truth of our current state of affairs, world, national and local.

    So write a couple more of those ‘rants’ please.

    Y’r good.


    — Kent Shaw aka DOUG Shaw 😉

  7. afteramerica

    Hi Doug,

    Over the years I have enjoyed your comments and have agreed with you about 90% of the time. Several years ago you wrote a specific rant on how “crazy” things were getting at The White House and you made mention in your comments about George W. Bush being “nuts.”

    America is beyond BUSH. America is over as we know it and people are too much in shock as to even know what to do.

    We no longer have a free press. What is the final nail in the coffin? H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

    This terrible bill has already passed the house and is now moving to the Senate.

    America has lost it’s way because and it started with 9/11 and expanded in 2003.

    Benito Mussolini once said, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” In fact, during the 1920s and 1930s “fascism” and “corporatism” were often used interchangeably in public discourse.

    Back in his January 2003 State of the Union speech, George W. Bush referred to the evils of the twentieth century as “Hitlerism, Communism, and Militarism.”

    Doug, he could not bring himself to say “fascism,” because he is — by definition — a fascist.

    The US Dollar continues to be shredded. According to Paul Craig Roberts who worked directly for President Regan, the Chinese Government told the Bush Administration on August 11th, that the FED no longer set’s monetary policy for the US, China does.

    Did you know that US Dollars are not even printed here any more? That’s right, all the Federal Reserve Printing Presses are in Korea because a US dollar can be printed there for only 4 cents where it costs 14 cents in America.

    Because of the SPP, we no longer have borders, the FED is pumping BILLIONS into our economy to simply keep the whole thing from crashing.

    What about the 3.3 Trillion Dollars missing from the US Treasury?

    What about Glenn Beck saying that anyone in the “Alternative Online Media” or a “9/11 Truth Person” “should be seen as a terroist.”

    20 Million to 30 Million Americans should be on the streets now protesting.

    Most Americans want their country back but don’t know what to do.

    Voting? America does not have free elections because Electronic Voting Machines are a “fraud.”

    There are so many things not even being reported on. Both political parties are bought and paid for. Look at videos on You Tube of people challenging the head of the FCC. He does not care either.

    Here is your new America:

    VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

    The above paragraph is from H.R. 1955. You are watching the death of your country. Why is it your country and not mine? I left this year and I will not come back.

    Good luck to you. I continue to read CHB, but only as a reference point to the fall of the USA. Sorry my friend, that is the truth. Go watch a film called END GAME. Go see how people are calling the Ron Paul Supporters, terrorists. The whole thing makes me sick. Look at what is happening to our military? Look at how the UN is about to take over the US? Look at Executive Order 51 where Bush can declare Marshal Law any time he wants to.

    After H.R. 1955 passes I will no longer “legally” be able to post my comments without being seen as a “terrorist.”

    You are a good man Doug and I must say that over the years, you my friend have done a spectacular job of reading the “pulse” of what is happening.

    I’ll take Freedom over Security anytime.
    Oh my God, America is a police state!

    It’s over, get out while you can…….

    PS While all of these new laws have destroyed the US Constitution, go back and look at all the the Presidential Executive Orders dealing with RELIGION prior to 9/11. These orders were written and can be read from the White House web site starting in January 2001. May God bless the American People. My prediction? You won’t recognize the country within 2 years. Next on the agenda? Take away the guns of Americans. Just watch! Me? I don’t own or carry a gun, I am a peaceful and loving man of 50, I could not take it anymore and I won’t go to a FEMA camp because I want to speak the truth. Congress? 11% approval. Okay Okay, I am done rambling, Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Sandra Price

    inibo. You are quite correct in your statements and my statements are how the voters see Dr. Paul. I live in a Senior development and nearly everyone I talk to is terrified that they will lose their Social Security and Medicare.

    Dr. Paul needs to address this problem and as soon as possible!

    In the late 60s I went through an initiative to repeal the 16th Amendment and the voters voted it down twice in California. We need to downsize the federal government first and then the need for the IRS will no longer be needed.

    I am disappointed with his lack of clarity on these issues and they need to be addressed quickly.

  9. inibo

    Sandra Price: “I am also concerned that Ron Paul’s campaign has not been clear on his agenda. He is threatening Social Security for those who have paid into the system and are finally getting their investments back. He is not clear on how he wants to repeal the 16th Amendment (IRS) and this needs to be cleared up immediately as many are simply not paying their way. This is a federal offense and people are going to prison. Both sides of the aisle are trashing Paul’s campaign and he is not responding!”

    I beg to differ. Ron Paul has been very clear on his agenda: returning the federal government to the limited institution defined by the U.S. Constitution. In nearly ever speech and interview he has given he says we have many serious problem, but the solution is simple: respect the rule of law; operate within the constraints of the Constitution.

    As to Social Security, he has also been very clear on that. As a long term goal he wants to eliminate it as well as Medicare and Medicaid and host of other unconstitutional federal programs, but he has said on numerous occasions it can’t be done by flipping a switch. He has no intentions of throwing widows and orphans out in the street. He has never voted to us Social Security money to fund anything except Social Security unlike the rest of the pandering sycophants in the Congress. He has made his plan clear. Dismantle our empire, bring all U.S. military personnel home and end all foreign aid. That would save nearly a trillion dollars a year. Of that money three to five hundred billion could then be spent on actual national defense and the remainder would be used paying down the national debt and actually funding our promises to the American people.

    Ron Paul is the only one actually addressing the core issues: our monetary policy which exists to debase the dollar for the benefit of Wall Street and our unsustainable efforts to rule the world. We are rapidly traveling down the dead end course of failed empire and have abandoned the idea of a free constitutional republic.

    I applaud Doug Thompson’s efforts, but like so many others he has done a masterful job of analyzing the problem, but is missing the solution. The answer is not trying to harness the power of the federal government and use it to pursue some nebulous good programs, we’ve tried that for the last hundred years and it hasn’t worked, the answer is to return it to its defined limited purposes and allow a free people to create a prosperous compassionate society.

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.-Amendment X

  10. Sandra Price

    Ron Paul is an honest man! He is the only one who I would trust the White House to at this time. He is not perfect! He probably will not be able to keep his promises due to his being an origional. I don’t know how dedicated he is to keeping the social issues in the states rather than using Constitutional Amendments to keep the people under control. He has stated he will end the war and that is all I can believe.

    The subject is the closing of our Campaign for our America and as I have sent a few checks for this campaign I mentioned that if Doug is closing it up he has my permission to send my donations to Ron Paul.

  11. pollchecker

    why does every discussion around here always come back to Ron Paul. I personally have known the man since the 60’s. I voted for him when he ran as Libertarian. And if the Democratic presidential bid has been decided by the time the primaries get around to Texas, I will most likely vote for him in the GOP primary just to make a point. But…….
    Ron Paul is not the BE-ALL SOLUTION to our Nation’s woes.
    So can we please limit our discussions to the topics at hand and stop making Ron Paul some kind of savior.

  12. Sandra Price

    Thank you Yankee, I just passed on the link above to our Phoenix Arizona center for Ron Paul’s campaign. I knew nothing about this!

  13. Yankeespie

    I agree with you whole heartedly, griff… Ron Paul is our last hope!!! I am one of 150 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against all fifty states in the Union. They have been sued to prohibit them from using any type of vote counting Machines and to require them to hand-count and total All ballots in full view of the public.

    Read the full page ad we placed in the Washington Post×11.pdf

    No doubt half or more of you haven’t heard a word about it. Thanks to our corrupt Main Stream Media!!

    I said in an earlier post.. We needed to pick one front, and fight until that battle is won. And I truly believe that front should be getting RON PAUL elected. Go to Youtube and listen to him, check out his track record.. He’s held steady and true for 10 yrs. whether it was popular or not. Again I could go on and on but I won’t bore you.

    Remember … If you vote for the lesser of two evils… YOU STILL GET EVIL!!!!

  14. Carl Nemo

    You are being too hard on yourself Doug concerning the lack of support for the campaign. You have a superb site and I personally believe your format is unique; in that you allow common folks to make commentary in a public forum concerning national news issues.

    I haven’t detected any over-the-top negativity. Of course your screening functions may view things on a daily basis that aren’t apparent to your posters. Between the main site format for CHB and it’s associate site, ReaderRant you are providing very necessary platform in these highly dangerous times.

    All I can say is steady goes the course and by simply shining a spotlight on the evil mattoids that wish to turn this nation into a minor plantation in their greater global plantation makes your site quite unique. Without CHB and other sites with a similar focus who would speak up to challenge their evil agenda? We surely can’t depend on the MSM to do so.

    In summation don’t let your imagined failure concerning the campaign to spillover into your site format. Then you’ll move from imagined to actual failure.

    Thankyou for maintaing CHB along with your efforts over the years in confronting our less than sterling leadership at all levels of government.

    Happy Thanksgiving 2007 to you, my fellow CHB posters and readers. To all, be safe. and if you drink, don’t drive this holiday season.

    Carl Nemo **==

  15. douin

    It is easy to understand why you would get discouraged, but do not blame yourself. You have done more to wake up the people to the dangers this administration has brought down upon us than anyone. The first place I look to for ‘enlightenment’ is to this Site.

    One thing I do not agree with you on is 911. That is the one subject where I question your judiciousness. At first, it seemed that you also questioned the ‘official’ version…but soon afterwards, it was as though you had been ‘reined in by forces unseen.’ At about that time, you even decided to bow out of the News Business. I am grateful that you changed your mind, as I knew you were not a quitter and so did you.

    My belief is that once the truth is exposed about 911, most of the problems this administration has brought down upon us will begin to reverse. But it will never happen until the Full and Unadulterated truth is revealed to us all. It has to happen, sooner rather than later though. The window of opportunity is not going to be available much longer.

    Doug, you have so much more impact than you appear to realize. Use it and speak the truth as you see it in your own inimitable way. We need you. No one else can fill your shoes.

  16. Irish77

    Doug the failure is not yours. As others may have mentioned, the hope is on the local level, not the national one. Those currently on the national level are pretty much bought and paid for by special interests and corporations. Granted things are looking pretty grim. But don’t immerse yourself in dispair. In doing so, one can only be defeated.

  17. griff

    Hey Doug. I am a frequent visitor and have great admiration for you as a thinker, and more so for your ability to translate those thoughts so well in your writing. We are at odds over your stance on 9/11, but I won’t get into that now, or ever. I pretty much agree with you on most everything else, though.

    But there is Ron Paul. I know many in the media are tired of hearing from his supporters, and no, he is not perfect, but he represents the very kind of change that is desperately needed in this country. That is the very reason that many of his supporters are so “active”. He may very well be the last chance we have.

    Many say he should run as an Independent or Libertarian, but Dr. Paul knows full well that, at the very least, he can count on a small “protest vote”. Dr. Paul realizes that in order to dismantle the system, you must first use it to your advantage. His results have been nothing short of amazing.

    I, myself, am almost forty years old, and registered to vote for the very first time. He turned me from political atheist to born-again Republican.

    Does he have all the answers? Certainly not. But he does have the basis for the solutions, and that lies in the Constitution. The solutions lie in the type of government the Founders laid out for us, the one that we have strayed so far.

    Is it possible to regain that path? Yes, but I fear that this election, should we actually have one, will be our last opportunity. Things are way out of hand.

    Right now, people that want to effect real change should get behind Ron Paul one hundred percent. Noone agrees with everything he stands for, but the same can be said of any candidate. There is not much time before the primaries start, and the Holidays will provide plenty of distractions. Before we know it, the opportunity will have passed, and we’ll be stuck with the usual cast of characters to choose from.

    If for nothing else, I would like my first voting experience to be not a choice between the lesser of two evils, but for someone that is actually good, and good for this country.


  18. ekaton

    Personally, I think Dennis Kucinich for president would be a good start. But the MSM has decided to push a Clinton/Giuliana scenario and they give very little “push” to any of the other candidates. The MSM of course is owned by five major entities interested only in profit, and they lobby members of congress and pay for house and senate campaigns. The FCC is about to or has already decided to allow a huge increase in concentration of media ownership, truly counter to its mission. The FCC should be breaking up the major conglomerates. There is no reason that any one entity should own more than one media outlet in any city. And no media group should be allowed to own more than a dozen media outlets. The fourth estate is just too essential to a real democratic republic to allow it to be owned lock, stock and barrel by any one entity.

    — Kent Shaw

  19. mary cali

    I enjoy reading the articles and the reader responses at CHB. However, I found nothing here that I would send $$ to support. Some of Doug’s rants were more strident than inspirational. There are many political organizations pleading for my dollars. As I have limited funds, I have to be judicious about where I send money. Honestly, there are other organizations that I find more compelling and more effective to contribute for political action.

  20. Sandra Price

    How many of us actually understand American economics? Until we recognize that big business corporations are necessary as they write our pay checks, we had better tread carefully. They also allow us to invest in their stocks for profit. These corporations are stronger when the government stays out of their business dealings. If a manufacturing company is polluting the air, they must be stopped until they can clean up their act. It is important that all corporations fully understand the laws of clean air and safety for the employees. When these laws change the Companies must know about the changes and this is where their lobbyists come in. When the Congress takes money from the company lobbyist in return for a change in the law is where our problems start.

    I brought this up here at Reader Rant before the 2000 election. Both sides of the political parties came down on me for even suggesting such a thing was being done. It was being done by both sides of the aisle but the people here took off after me for being un-American when I dared to mention it.

    We know its being done and the Reader Ranters want Lobbyists outlawed. It is not the lobbyists who are breaking the law but the Congress-members who are accepting money for their votes. Lobbyists have their place in our government as they are able to guide the corporations when tax laws are being discussed and conservation laws are changing and are paid to inform the Corporations when others are bidding for the same jobs or products.

    This all should be open and above board. Many here simply jump on what they consider evil and ask the government to do something about it. Hell, the government is usually the cause of the problem and they put out the message that certain corporations should be preferred over others. The government is the bad guy, 9 times out of 10.

    We all have to rely on our elected Congress members and we have no idea how they plan to represent us within their districts. They will take money from wealthy members of their district and use all the perks the corporations offer. We elect this criminals and we never care enough to follow their actions.

    So do we want to destroy the corporations and lose millions of jobs? Or do we sit on our representatives and demand they actually represent us. My organization pays a lobbyist to keep an eye on legislation that would harm our agenda. We have one for the Senate and one for the Congress and they work to keep us informed of potential changes.

    When we begin to elect decent men and women with integrity and learn to trust that they will act on our behalf then we can plan an agenda for correction. If we don’t trust our reps, we must throw the bastards out

    There are a few things that we can demand at this time and I think accepting Chinese goods that are made to hurt our children and ourselves, must be stopped. There is no reason that our ports allow this crap to be unloaded without inspections at the source of the shipments. This most favored nation needs to feel that they are no longer favored by the American people. We need our borders closed to stop the drugs smuggling immediately!
    This action must be mandated by the people as soon as possible. If we bring our troops home after Christmas and put them on our borders, we might be able to make better choices for our candidates in 2008.

    CHB woke up a lot of people when Hal Brown broke the story of Blackwater. Between Hal and Doug and my reviewing the book “Blackwater” CHB became the best place for information on this terrible action from the government. Doug’s Rants and writers are on top of the latest news and we are all make this available even down to adding our comments. It doesn’t get any better than this. Now all we need is some action!

  21. Janice

    I haven’t always agreed with what you said. There have been times I wondered if you were disingenuous, or a shill for the neocons. But, mostly I have had immense respect for you, your rants, ethics, and your candid exposure of thoughts and deeds. I was hopeful of your Campaign for Our America. I felt that we, with your leadership and experience, could make a difference. You gave me hope. I still have that hope. You have a forum here that is unique on the internet – and a national treasure.

    I do not know much about these things, but it seems to me that The Campaign for Our America needed more publicity. I don’t spend a lot of time here, my plate is very full. I like to check the headlines, and once in a while find the time to post. This is one of those times.

    I love America, I am an American. I say that with pride, in spite of what this despot has done to our once great country. I have less faith in my fellow citizens than I used to. But, I feel (and hope) there is an underlying anger growing in our country – a time of growing discontent. We are in desperate need of a leader – a real leader.. one who can inspire we the people to take back our country – to once again see what could be, and to work together to make it happen. We need a leader to motivate us – challenge us.. and allow us hope again. And it will be on a grass roots level because distrust of the media and business is rampant. The time is ripe for a third party, but I see no vialble candidates – at least none the corrupt media will cover.

    Publicity – that is what a leader needs, and what an alternative candidate needs to become viable in 2008. Publicity is what the Campaign for Our America didn’t have enough of. I was one of the 100. I am a background person, supporting a leader by working hard behind the curtain. But, I do not know how to get things back on track in our country. Where have our leaders gone?

  22. ekaton

    We are a thousand monkeys sitting at Doug’s typewriter. Eventually one of us is going to hit upon something really useful and effective and the rest are going to slap our foreheads and say YES, of COURSE! Thats IT!!

    So keep those cards and letters coming folks.

    — Kent Shaw

  23. DejaVuAllOver


    I’ve been an engineer for most of my working life. Engineers are professional problem-solvers. (At least in their own minds…..) The hardest part of problem solving, though, is realizing when you’re in over your head.
    As much as anyone I know of, you’ve done MORE THAN YOUR SHARE of the heavy lifting in the war to put this country right. But you’re right about the ego thing. You’re only one guy and there are forces and kharmic waves flowing that are WWWAAAAAAYYYYYYY bigger than you are. Even bigger than you and ME, combined…….!

    In my opinion, we’re all being graded on how we deal with this sh*t. And we’re all going to die. So, you might as well die defending the causes you believe in, even if you aren’t as successful as you had hoped to be. (And no-one ever is.) Fight the good fight, just because it’s the RIGHT THING TO DO.

    And BTW, I’m not doing the grading, but if I were, you’d have an A++. Nice work, bubba.

  24. Cailleach

    Doug, I thought the Campaign for Our America was a great idea. I suspect the lack of contributions had a great deal to do with “trickle down” economics. Under Reagan, and now under Bush, it sure cut my income down to a trickle. I can’t afford to give to any causes at all, no matter how much I believe in them. I’m sure many Americans are in the same boat.