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Why I am a Democrat

by Norm Tarowsky 

I recently was asked why I, someone who worked in industry (high-tech for 40+ years) and managed large organizations around the world, was a Democrat.  My answer is quite simple, it is because:

I believe that “we” the people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That we all deserve to be treated fairly, equally and with dignity. I believe in the rule of law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and that no one is above (or below) the law.

I believe this nation was built by immigrants and the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty are still relevant. That our diversity is our strength, and we are a nation of, by and for the people. That every citizen has the right to vote and have their vote counted, and the majority rules, while respecting and protecting the rights of the minority.

I believe the role of the government is to do those things that we the people cannot do for ourselves and that the measure of a people is how they treat the old, the infirmed, the young and the poor among us and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity and pride.

I believe we are all in this together or we are NOT one nation. My parents came to America to escape persecution and to make a better life for themselves and our family. They believed in the American “dream” and so do I.

I believe that all people should be treated equally and fairly, no matter your race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or economic status. There should be equal pay for equal work and equal opportunity for anyone who strives for it.

To have a meaningful and functioning Government we must have free and fair elections, transparency and a free and open press. We must eliminate voter suppression and selection (gerrymandering) and provide our citizens with all the necessary safety and security required (military, police, fire, judicial system, border security).

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LOOKING AT SALEM: Ah, the Noble Martyr Dodging the Bullet . . . For Now

By Peter Toll

“What we’ve got here,” said the hard-boiled Southern prison captain with an ominous pause, “is failure to communicate.” What we have here, said the weathered observer of Salem’s political machinations, is not a failure to communicate. Instead, it is a failure to acknowledge defeat, admitting when you’ve lost, you’ve lost.

And that is a breakdown of the social contract by which we all live every day.

The prison overseer in the movie, actor Strother Martin, was the hard guy authority figure. The target of his nasty tone was actor Paul Newman playing a dedicated loner who drank too much and got caught taking a big-ass bolt cutter to a parking meter. 

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Litmus Test 2: What Do We Believe?

(Second in a series of posts exploring what, if any, litmus test should be applied to gain the election endorsement of the Clackamas County Democratic Party. Your comments, questions, and views are welcome.)

A recent Washington Post/Kaiser poll reports that 63 percent of Republicans blame the poor for being poor, whereas 72 percent of Democrats blame a person’s circumstances for their poverty, not the person. This is a fundamental division between us and them.

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Area Republicans Go off the Rails in Light of Recent MAX Slayings

Cartoon by David Horsey @ 2014 Los Angeles Times

That Donald Trump’s campaign was based on fear, racism and sexism is a fact. This and his unlawful efforts since his inauguration have tarnished the brand of the Republican Party.

But Mr. Trump is not alone in efforts to appeal to fear. Multnomah County GOP Chair James Buchal told the Guardian (UK Newspaper) that recent street protests had prompted Portland Republicans to consider alternatives for safety, including relying on radical fringe groups. Continue reading

Gilliam, Very Ill, Resigns Legislative Position

One of Clackamas County’s five Republican members of the Oregon House, Vic Gilliam, resigned his seat two days before the legislature was set to convene Feb. 1. He is 63.

Rep. Gilliam, of Silverton, has been very ill with ALS, reportedly unable to leave his home to campaign in the Republican-dominated House District 18 when he ran against Democrat Tom Kane last year. Regardless of his efforts, he was easily re-elected. Continue reading

Clackamas Kicks In $32,201 for GOP Hopefuls

Business Hand Clicking Financial Funding Button On Touch ScreenClackamas County is the third most populous county in Oregon, but it is second in the amount of money donated to Republican presidential candidates, according to the National Journal.

Clackamas has contributed $32,201, according to the report, while Multnomah, the biggest county, kicked in $58,825.

Oregon’s second largest county, Washington, came in third with GOP presidential money at $27,853.

Jeb Bush was the big winner, so to speak. Check out the snazzy map for more details.