For many wasted teen years, I was obsessed with cars, and would pour over magazines, content to read the columns therein, but still reservedly making up my own mind regarding which car to aspire to, based on what I could glean from the data sheets, pictures, as well as what I heard from friends. I was doggedly determined to try to make up my own mind. When I finally began buying cars, I picked some winners, and some absolute dogs. Even tried to build some that would meet my standards. Finally figured out, that, both because of my limited time as well as limited access to information, that I was better off finding a couple of reviewers that operated consistently well and in line with what I thought and then pay attention to their expertise and spend more time driving instead of trying to figure. I have done that since and it has worked much better.
Now we are in the throes of a political election, the most telling one, given the current activities of the government and state of the country and the world, that has occurred in my lifetime. And I am not happy with any of the choices. But one thing that I have been able to recognize is that there are wise people who are keeping up also. People that have wisdom and access to better information, and that also have demonstrated a fine ability to process all of the available information to yield good insight and to make good assessments.
One particular person that fills that criteria for me is Thomas Sowell, a well published author, an economist, a political commentator, and a columnist. I read him avidly and am frequently in awe of his ability to understand what is going on and then to re-express it in a more useable form. My impression is that he is one of the smartest people who I know of. I think he is a good person. Mr. Sowell has spent considerable time writing about and obviously thinking about the state of our country and the available options for us this election and has come out in favor of supporting Newt Gingrich. Not a person that I necessarily like. Not a person whose policies that I necessarily always agree with. But a person who Mr. Sowell has stated has the best chance of salvaging our republic.
So, warts and all, Mr Gingrich is my candidate.