I’ve been asked on more than one occasion about Loren Eberly, one of the prolific posters on The Capital Blog. You can read his views at the bottom of just about every entry that appears. I know Mr. Eberly from my days as a reporter at The (Wooster) Daily Record. He lives in Wayne County and has run for local office several times in the past.
Here’s a profile I wrote on him before the primaries in 2004:
Courtesy of The-Daily-Record.com
Election: Eberly doesn’t shy
away from speaking his mind
February 12, 2004
WOOSTER On the surface, Loren Eberly seems gruff and obstinate and unrelenting in his efforts to convert Wayne County residents to his views of democracy, natural law and capitalism.
But underneath his rough exterior, Eberly really is gruff and obstinate and unrelenting and proud of it.
“I never been a nice guy,” said Eberly, who is campaigning as a write-in candidate for commissioner in next month’s primary. “I’ve always had a bad attitude and I’ll stick up for it, too.”
Eberly is the lone write-in among a field of a dozen candidates seeking the Republican and Democratic nominations for two commissioner seats, to be decided during the November general election.
He knows he has an uphill battle ahead, convincing enough voters to write his name on their ballots to outpace incumbent Commissioner Cheryl Noah and challenger Kevin Power.
“I’m not going to buy the election,” he said.
Eberly is a complex man with varied interests. He’s a Teamster who ranks the late former President Richard Nixon as one of the nation’s top chief executives.
He said he’s never read a book but takes an avid interest in newspapers and magazines.
He said he doesn’t take vacations and doesn’t own a compact disc player.
His favorite television program is “Dharma & Greg,” which is described by ABC-TV as focusing on “a free-spirited yoga instructor with an incredible knack for looking on the bright side” and “a conservative, Harvard-educated attorney” who “married on their first date” and “have remained committed to each other from day one, despite the obstacles presented by the world around them.”
“I go for that,” Eberly said. “That’s the best thing that’s been on TV in years.”
Eberly’s main interests since retiring (he worked as a truck driver and operated a diesel engine shop) are writing, talking and sharing his ideas.
Eberly doesn’t shy away from confrontation. Wayne County Commissioner Fred Cannon said Eberly has been asked to get to the point or sit down during past public meetings.
Eberly isn’t fazed by naysayers.
“They can’t intimidate me, and they can’t hurt my feelings,” he said.
Eberly recalled his school years, when he was pulled aside by a composition teacher and asked why he was failing the class while carrying A’s and B’s in other subjects. His response was that teachers didn’t accept his written ideas, so he didn’t bother.
He’s more than made up for any writing void that existed in his younger days. As founder and head of the Coalition of Law Abiding, Discriminated Against, Tax Paying Slaves Inc. (online at www.cladatps.org), he has inked dozens of articles and columns and letters to the editor espousing his world views.
“I’ve been on that for years,” he said.
Wading through Eberly’s terminology takes some time and effort; he has posted a “glossary” on his Web site explaining what he means by different terms.
“Natural law,” for example, “is what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever decreed to be the reality of the real world,” according to the site.
Meanwhile, capitalism “demands that everyone live on wages or profit from an independent business and use the designated, common, monetary, denominator, money to identify the agreed-to value of the buyer and seller in a free, competitive, market.”
Columns he’s written refer to “political pork,” “the mob,” “slick holy hucksters” and so forth.
But Eberly’s core message doesn’t seem too far out of mainstream political thought he’s pushing for a more affordable environment and for everyone (businesses, government entities, individuals, etc.) to pay their fair share. No one should be forced to subsidize the unrealistic lifestyle choices of others.
“I want future generations to have the same opportunities I had,” he said.
Trillions of dollars of government debt and minimum-wage earners who have to borrow to subsist are a couple of examples of how residents have chosen to defy reality.
“No one understands that or everyone defies that reality,” he said, adding later, “Complying with reality’s demands will fix every ill in America.”