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.
(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.
How much can be explained by just knowing this one fact? Continue reading
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
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 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.
Gee, Monday was such a lovely day some folks had to skip the big Western Liberty Network hoo-ha, the one put on by the (pretty much) Oregon right wing designed to train wannabes for office and/or campaigns. Looking at the attached line-up and fliers, it seems these GOP stalwarts just had the time of their lives! Big keynoters — Monica Wehby and new State Sen. Kim Thatcher. Truly a pair to draw to. Check it out.