Mike studied the Classics and took the lessons of history to heart.  He studied about oligarchies, monarchies, tyrannies and democracies.  He learned about freedom and oppression and civic responsibility.  He learned about the duties of a Christian to be involved in the public square–to use his vote to elect good leaders.   As a parent teaching these lessons, you never know which ones sink in and which ones don’t.

He tried with varying degrees of success and failure to get his friends and siblings to see the importance of being involved in the election of public leaders, even at the local level of caucuses and primaries.  August 12, 2008, was a landmark day for Mike, because he voted for the first time.  He was so excited—–and I was so proud.