A. Chicago, Illinois
Over one million people of Polish extraction live in the environs of Chicago. OS has visited factories there that are run in Polish. Polish neighborhoods, radio stations, food, churches...on it goes.
And, running to replace the disgraced Rod Blagoevich, Republican Adam Andrzejewski is visited by and receives the endorsement of none other than Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's Solidarity Labor Union, and later President of Poland. Between him, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan, the Soviet Union was totally outnumbered and outmatched. They never fired a shot, and brought the entire evil enterprise to its knees.
Walesa stood up to the Socialist Powers That Be in Poland, and nothing was ever the same. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and his acceptance speech is an indictment of the latest awardee.
His career has had many ups and downs since those days, but he stood alone and changed the world. That should count for something. He's the last of the quartet from those days available to speak.
One gets the sense that his visit is about much more than a Republican primary. The man has something to convey to us. The Chicago press studiously ignored the visit of the Nobel laureate, probably sensing he would not tell them what they wish to hear, speaking on behalf of a man they have reason to fear.
WALESA (via translator): The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope.