Michael Leppert

Michael Leppert

Michael Leppert is an author, educator and a communication consultant in Indianapolis. He writes about government, politics and culture at


If Father’s Day in Indianapolis isn’t nice, what is?

By: - June 20, 2023

If ever there was a day designated for giving and receiving good advice, it would seem Father’s Day is the day. I’m not sentimental about much anymore, and even though I refer to myself as “dad” more often than I use my actual name, the holiday is among the things I also don’t elevate over […]


For Trump supporters, ‘a bridge too far’ must be nearby

By: - June 13, 2023

I often wonder where idioms like “a bridge too far” originate. This phrase comes from the title of the 1974 book of the same name, by Cornelius Ryan. The book tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies’ plan of attack to conquer several bridges in the Netherlands in September of 1944. The goal […]


‘Pride’ is so successful, those being protested are finally noticing

By: - June 6, 2023

I often forget that Pride celebrations began as and continue to be protests. How could I forget? There are two main reasons. First, the rights being fought for aren’t specifically mine, and second, the celebrations are so wonderful, so happy, so fun, it is a protest like no other. But it is still a protest. […]


Rokita’s kangaroo court follows his disgraceful directions

By: - May 30, 2023

Let’s get straight to the point. Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is a disgraceful public servant. The seven-member Indiana Medical Licensing Board is disgraceful too. There. Now that we have established those two sad truths, let me share with you the receipts. Rokita used the administrative board last week as a tool to retroactively cover […]


The blessing of our national debt has made us great

By: - May 23, 2023

Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Secretary of the Treasury said, “A national debt, if it is not excessive, to us will be a national blessing.” The whole “if it is not excessive” part has always been important, but never more important than it is today. The musical, “Hamilton,” doesn’t really do much on this other than […]


Republicans offer up nominees for quote of the week

By: - May 16, 2023

“Where do I begin?” This is the quote of the week, an award I often dole out for a wide variety of reasons. Those reasons can be the source of great pride or shame. Profound meaning or comedic genius are both favorite categories of the esteemed accolade.  It is rarely awarded to someone for achieving […]


America’s storytellers need to tell their best story yet

By: - May 9, 2023

When the unions representing movie and television writers announced they would go on strike last week, my instinct was to join their side of the fight. Hey, I write, right?  I didn’t even know what the dispute entailed, but I wanted to join my writing sisters and brothers to fight The Man. You know the […]


Graduates, Indiana needs the answers to these questions

By: - May 2, 2023

We gather here today to commend you graduates, to praise you, to congratulate you. That’s what commencement ceremonies are designed to accomplish. Right? It’s not just an event where people wear funny caps and creepy gowns in front of family members who are pre-scolded for their inevitable outbursts of celebratory noise when their graduate’s name […]


Finding an unexpected $1.5 billion could mean an avalanche of investment

By: - April 25, 2023

In his 2012 comedy special, “In This Economy?”, Gary Gulman discusses the thrill of finding a twenty-dollar bill in an old coat when he was dead broke. He remembers the find being such a big deal, it caused him to change his weekend plans. He even added the guacamole to his bowl at Chipotle the […]


If Democrats won’t confront the NRA, who will?

By: - April 18, 2023

There is a primary election for mayor of Indianapolis in two weeks. To all of the candidates on the Democrat side, know this: I won’t vote for you now or ever again if you are willing to re-sign with the NRA for future conventions. Poll that question if you’d like. I’m confident Democrat voters are […]


Can America’s legal system survive another week like last week?

By: - April 11, 2023

Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over former President Donald Trump’s first criminal trial in New York, made a $15 campaign contribution to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on July 26, 2020. The inconsequential donation has opened the judge up to attacks of bias by those in the legal community. At least one former Manhattan […]


Hyper-individualism is the disease keeping us from addressing deadly gun violence

By: - April 4, 2023

“We’re not going to fix it,” was how Rep. Tim Burchett answered when asked about a potential role for congress in addressing the relentless school shootings plaguing America. The Republican, three-term U.S. House member from Tennessee gave the comment only a few hours after last Monday’s deadly shooting in Nashville.  Two attributes of the pro-gun […]