Catching up on the last week… I talked with Bluffton College Education Professor Paul Weaver. Every year he goes down to the country of Colombia as part of a Christian Peace Keeper Team. Amidst the violence there, he and other team members serve as human shields for children walking to school, for rural villagers threatened with drug cartel attacks, and so on. Christian Peace Keepers believe in non-violence and are willing to put their ‘money where their mouth is,’ so to speak. That is, as soldiers are willing to die for war, these Peace Keepers say they are willing to “die for peace.” …Our “back road” campaigning in Ohio continues. We stopped in Harrod, Ohio (pop. 493). This is the home of the Shay Steam Locomotive, circa 1905. One is on display on the town green here, and is referred to as the “work horse of her day.” (It was manufactured at the nearby Lima Locomotive Works.) While in Harrod, the owner of the Harrod “Snack Shack” put up a “Joe the Painter” for President campaign flier on their bulletin board by the door. I signed it and added: “GREAT FOOD!” Okay, so I just had the beef jerky, but it was pretty good… Speaking of “Joe the Painter,” I just read that “Joe the Plumber” has officially announced that he is running for Congress in Ohio’s 9th District. And the “Average Joe Revolution” rolls on, like the Shay Steam Locomotive used to… Note: I filled in as coach for our son Jonathan’s Midget football team in a practice this week. I lined up the offense and defense in a “rotation formation.” That is, after each play the players ‘rotated’ so each boy got a chance to play each position. That meant, at one point, that the kid who regularly plays anonymously in the trenches at center, got a chance to run the ball. You should have seen the smile on his face as he lined up in the backfield. And he gained about 10 yards to boot on a pretty good run… After watching the Republican debate on the economy last night, I couldn’t help but think the “rotation formation” I used with the boys, would be a good idea for the economy. That is, for instance, maybe some of the “suits” on Wall Street (and well dressed politicians for that matter), could ‘rotate’ into some low-paying, mind-numbing assembly line work for a significant amount of time — not a photo-op amount of time. What’s the bet these people would soon (real soon) be looking to develop a new kind of economy based on much more human dignity for everyone, like our position paper on a “new economy” proposes.