Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Eulogy for a Christian Libertarian-Mackinac Center VP Joe Overton died yesterday in a plane crash. Some of you conservatives might have seen the work of the Midland-based Mackinac Center , a free-market think tank that promoted school choice and freedom from union strong-arming. Mackinac Center president Larry Reed has been a guest-writer for NRO from time to time. I hadn't seen Joe since the late 80s, but I was impressed with his knowledge of political theory. He was part of a singles Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist with back then; his background was in engineering, yet he had a better handle of the great political thinkers than this PoliSci grad. Back then, he was tilting at windmills as state Libertarian Party chairman. A Christian libertarian seems almost to be an oxymoron, but he was a Christian gentleman, moving on to the Evangelical Free church in town. He'll be missed.

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