OK, I admit it. I'm a conservative who was once firmly in the other camp. I went to college in the sixties when Time Magazine declared that God had died and professors taught that government was the answer to all evils. I'm not sure exactly when I made my conversion from both tenets, but they surely fell for me over time. Now, I'm saddened to hear the non-stop complaints from both sides about our nation's present situation. It can be confusing, especially if you consider that we rarely hear the real truth of either side's argument. What we so often hear is the inflammatory screams of those who have hidden agendas and will stop at nothing to win their point. If you do nothing else, at least read the introduction to Tucker Carlson's new book, Ship of Fools, How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution. Up front, I'm not the world's biggest Carlson fan. I sometimes watch, but immediately switch channels when he and his guest start talking and laughing over each other. But his analysis is usually pretty well thought out and his commentary clearly spoken. Such is the case with the book. For my liberal friends who might think this book is only more biased blather for the base, let me assure you Carlson severely skewers both sides, and rightly so, for their cavalier, elitist and entitled attitudes. He lays out the history of how we got here and describes the seriousness our current situation. The scary thing for me was the thought that our national problem is eerily similar to the ones we have right here in in my little rural community. My prayer is that the first of my ill-taught early misconceptions will save us from the second. May it be so!