On page 8 of Section 1 of my Sunday Tribune there is a full page ad with a giant picture of Billy Graham with flowing white hair looking like a Biblical prophet. Billy’s message encouraged a “vote for biblical values” which include “protection of the sanctity of life and support of  the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman.” ( I did not know the Bible had a definitions section)  Billy also urged  a vote for candidates that ‘support the nation of Israel.”  How about Canada?               

I thought the Reverend Graham was dead. I guess I had him confused with Andy Rooney  or Lawrence Welk. I’m pretty sure they are dead. I think Rev Graham should stick to the pulpit and shepherd the spiritual lives of his  flock. I don’t need his  warped , narrow , old white guy insights. But as Billy noted this election could be his last. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.                    

In the same paper the Trib endorsed Barack Obama for president. Colonel McCormick, the archtypal Reblican founder of the paper , is no doubt rolling over in his grave. I suspect the endorsement was part of a business  strategy. Obama is from Chicago and will enjoy overwhelming electoral support. There’s no reason to allienate readers of the paper in a time of subscription decline. None the less it is quite amazing to contemplate the Trib’s endorsement of  someone the Colonel would have considered a Socialist. Heck. Maybe someday the Cubs will win the World Series. Naaah.

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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