:: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 ::
Paul Simon, 1928 - 2003
No, not the singer in Simon and Garfunkel.
Illinois lost a legacy yesterday in Paul Simon. Simon was a Liutenant Governor of Illinois under opposite-party leadership and a three-term U.S. Senator. He was widely respected by people of both parties for being a straight-shooting, honest man devoted to the causes for which he stood, no matter which way the wind was blowing. As he wrote in Our Culture of Pandering, "In too many areas we have spawned 'leadership' that does not lead, that panders to our whims rather than telling us the truth, that follows the crowd rather than challenging us, that weakens us rather than strengthening us." In a state where politics on both the right and the left are controlled by big-city political machines, Paul Simon was the man from rural southern Illinois who consistently won the day.
We will miss you, Paul Simon. Rest in peace.
:: Matt 12/10/2003 09:52:00 AM :: permalink ::