We have come to Loudonville, Ohio, where I wrote on one of our flyers: “Loudonville… get LOUD for Joe!” (I got a million of ’em.) We are staying at Rita and Chuck Henley’s small farm. The Henley’s are on fire for their Catholic faith. They help their neighbors, they help the disadvantaged, they take seriously the spiritual formation of their children… It is these kind of unsung heroes who form the back bone of our country… We stumped in the downtown area of Loudonville, passing out campaign information and putting up flyers. My father-in-law Stuart met a woman who enthusiastically led him around town to pass out information at the American Legion Hall, a restaurant called “Bagels, Baubles and Brew,” (great place– get the “Just Enough” bagel), and so on… When Stuart got back, he said he wanted to start receiving a: “campaign salary.” Note: This afternoon I was interviewed by phone by the editor of a new e-magazine out of San Diego called The Naughty American. The editor said the title is reflective of people (like independent presidential candidates) who are willing to challenge the system. During the interview, he asked me how my addiction counseling background would help me as president. I said it has given me key insight into some of the systemic problems of our society. Adrenalin addiction, for one. I said so many people, at this stage in society, have come from stressful homes that fostered the adrenalin addiction. When they get out of the home, they carry the addiction with them. To keep the adrenalin going, some will continually drive fast and recklessly — as our nation’s highway deaths and maiming escalate. Others will get into a string of stressful/dysfunctional relationships to keep the adrenalin going — and America’s divorce rate skyrockets. Others will continually create worrisome debt — credit card debt alone in this country is off the scales. Others still will be drawn to high stress jobs, which will create all kinds of physical and emotional maladies — as our nation’s healthcare costs increase exponentially… I could go on with this, but stay tuned for my first “State of the Nation Address.” It will prove to be, oh, a little different.