I'm not going to spend this week's post on a long message or argument; next week's post will have just that sort of thing, so you won't be waiting long. Instead, I'll echo what Black Pigeon Speaks says below, and that will be sufficient. Happy New Year, folks.
And as for next week's post, here's a hint: it's about killing the dominance of urban centers over the countryside- something folks in Illinois, Minnesota, etc. know too goddamn well.