We have finished the Farm Worker Tour leg in California, which was phase four of a four and a half month campaign tour at this point. And we are now headed back across the country… Today on Rte 46 West in California, we came across a large, free standing mural of: the late actor James Dean. It stood 50 yards from Michael’s Corner General Store in the middle of practically nowhere. Michael’s Corner, it turns out, was the last stop James Dean made before his fatal car crash 25 miles west of here in Cholame, California, on Sept. 30, 1955. He was traveling to an auto race in Salinas, California, in his Porsch Spyder sports car when he crashed into a tree… In Michael’s corner, which has a whole section on James Dean memorabilia, were a number of newspaper articles on the walls about the actor. Part of one read: “For better or worse, Dean changed the world… He encouraged a generation to rebel against authority…” Now, I personally believe it’s good to rebel against authority, if the authority is wrong. In the middle part of last century, the American society was moving more and more toward rampant materialism, with little regard for the environment. Television was starting to replace consistent quality parenting time. Both parents were now increasingly starting to move into the workplace, moving on an accelerating treadmill to make more to buy more. And with this dynamic (as with television), kids were getting even more shorted emotionally and growing up empty, confused, angry… Youth of that time, of course, didn’t understand the emotional and psychological dynamics of why they were feeling empty, confused, angry. They just were. So they took their teenage angst, if you will, and tried to express the anger, and fill the emptiness, with alcohol, drugs, sex, fast cars… [read: “rebellion”]. They were thumbing their noses at “the establishment.” An establisment, or ‘authority,’ which was leaving them empty, confused and angry. The problem was that much of this rebellion took the form of self-destructive behavior. Which, when you analyze it psycholigicaly, made sense. That is, these youth didn’t have much self-esteem because of the lack of quality parental attention. And consequently, if someone doesn’t feel good about themselves internally, they have a tendency to do things that are abusive to themselves… James Dean’s most famous movie was Rebel Without a Cause. That title should speak volumes. Note: I left a campaign flyer with the store clerk at Michael’s Corner. I signed it: “Joe Schriner …a Presidential Candidate With a Cause.” –And we continue to do all this without paid political consultants.