Republican Party faithful turned out Saturday night to the Sigourney Golf and Country Club to hear a well-known radio talk show host in person.

Jan Mickelson, the morning talk show host on WHO-Radio in Des Moines, spoke at the Keokuk County Republican Party fall fund-raiser. Mickelson, a Harlan native, spoke about how power can corrupt and the different ways men can “devour their neighbors.”

During his speech, Mickelson spoke about how pagan cultures literally devour their neighbors and how it is good to realize the nature of paganism.

As an example of modern political application of men devouring their neighbors, Mickelson pointed out a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in California. In the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a group of parents sued a school district for asking sexuality questions of kindergartners. However, the court ruled, according to Mickelson, that parents “have no fundamental right to be the sole provider of sexual information to their children.”

However, Mickelson had a bigger question about the issue.

“What possible motivation would anybody have to do that to five and six year-olds?”

He said people can not know that delivering such messages to people is wrong and that people have to be debased to believe such questions are correct to ask children.

Mickelson also used the Biblical 10th Commandment as a basis of his address to the Republicans. He explained that the commandment, which demands that a person shall not covet is in direct opposition to the view of devouring people. The radio host explained to covet means a person grieves over the well being, or blessings, another person has received.

Mickelson also looked at the Eminent Domain case recently ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. In that case, the court said if a taxing body wanted to invoke Eminent Domain on a privately owned property, so another private entity could use it for a use that would pay more in taxes, the taxing body could approve the move. Mickelson pointed out that he is opposed to the use of Eminent Domain in such a manner.

“It’s another example of neighbors devouring neighbors if they have power,” Mickelson said.

He pointed out that for him, it is interesting to watch such things.

He looked back over North American history, beginning with Christopher Columbus, and what motivated him.

“When he got out of bed in the morning, his first fear was Islam,” Mickelson said. He pointed out the reason Columbus sailed west instead of east, was to avoid the Islamic lands in Africa and the Middle East. Mickelson also said Columbus believed that Jesus Christ could not return as long as the infidels occupied Jerusalem.

At the end of the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire had control of Jerusalem and Israel.

Mickelson said the United States also started in fear of Islamic invasion. He explained that after America declared its independence from England, the Barbary Pirates of North Africa declared war on the United States.

“We’ve been at these people and they have been at us since before the beginning (of the United States),” Mickelson said.

He said he finds it ironic that the current president gets out of bed asking the same question that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were asking 200 years ago.

Mickelson said it is extremely important to have the right people in leadership roles. He said the wrong decision could be culture ending.

After his speech, Mickelson explained that he has been with WHO-Radio since 1989, and had worked in Cincinnati, Ohio, for six years before that.

He said his politics don’t drive his faith, but rather his faith drives him.

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