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What will be the social and health consequences of pot on children?  The new law bans smoking pot in public places - will it be enforced?    

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Trust in government is 'dead, Jim'

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.


The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  

 

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  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:

Realclearpolitics

  • Jim Hightower:   

Jimhightower.com

  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column


Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 



Hard Times in Oregon: 

Hardtimes

The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   

 

 

    

    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness, hunger & health care disparities in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.

Hunger:

•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

Heath Care Disparities: 

•    Adults in Oregon without insurance represent 22.3% of the state’s population compared to 19.7% of the nation.  In Washington County approximately 


A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  

 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obamacare another good week

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 Explore Intel emissions

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha  

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  QuestionIntel.com  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
democracynow.org

The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001


    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 


"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

 

"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  

 

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 

 

"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals

 

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?'

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" 

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921)

 

"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11


"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”  

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."

- Abraham Lincoln

 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."

- Edmund Burke 

 

“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”

- Jonathan Swift

 

" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."

- Garrison Keillor


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Monday
Nov062006

A RAD NIGHTMARE

    As one watches President Bush circumnavigate the nation in the last week of the '06 campaign one has the uncomfortable feeling that Karl Rove is up to something.  Why he wasting the president's time?  There's a war on.  And the Ds are going to take back the House and get close in the Senate. 
    My first reaction to Dubya hitting the high spots of "voter-dumb" in Nevada, Montana, Missouri,Colorado, Florida and Texas is that this is a trip of futility. The party is over. Only hitting safe Red states where there are no close contests isn't a good use the the president's time and bully pulpit.
    But when one watches and listens more closely another picture comes into view.  The modern presidency is like the energizer rabbit - it's engaged in the constant campaign 24/7.  And the best venue for the constant campaign perfect for prime time TV is the "man in the arena" scenario.
    Dubya's handlers are masters of the gig.  You put the president in the middle of an adoring audience, minus any hecklers, where he delivers the message of the day - in true Reaganesque mode.  The president then is seen 24/7 all over the nation on the tube with a spirited audience debunking the opposition calling them the "cut and run" kids.
    Like magic, the viewing public sees not a beleaguered president but Mr. Prime Time - dusted off and blow dried for consumption by a gullible public.  TV creates it's own reality by ignoring your or my everyday reality.  Heck we buy into the illusion every night by watching so-called "reality TV" shows.
    Is this Karl Rove's stealth strategy at work?  Create your own virtual campaign, your own reality - then market it via free media!  Magic. It's like Dorothy on that yellow brick road.  Rove is Wizard of Oz - but we never see him - just Dubya and his adoring fans.
    Then the news from Baghdad comes on - more bombings, more killings, more US casualties.  What reality does one believe?  We'll find out tomorrow.  As Yogi Berra once said - "it ain't over, till it's over." 

Sunday
Nov052006

A GOP COMEBACK?

    The latest nationwide Pew Research Center survey finds voting intentions shifting in the direction of Republican congressional candidates in the final days of the 2006 midterm campaign. The new survey, based on @ 2000 phone interviews between Nov. 1-4, finds a growing percentage of likely voters saying they will vote for GOP candidates. However, the Democrats still hold a 48% to 40% lead among registered voters, and a modest lead of 47%-43% among likely voters.
    This possible last minute surge by the GOP may give them the firewall they need to keep their majorities in both the House and Senate.  The keys to whom wins on Tuesday will be 1) turnout - the GOP has a well oiled and tested GOTV machine; 2) a motivated base - up to this point this favored the Ds but the Rs base might be motivated by the successful prosecution of Saddam Hussein and local issues - such as stem cell research in Missour's critical Senate race; and 3) how Independents vote - which still is breaking toward the Democrats.  
    But the power of entrenched incumbent Rs protected by gerrymandered House districts places a high ceiling for their opponents to cross through the political red zone for victory.  The other factor which favors the GOP is that most likely voters are college educated, more affuent and older - all which favors the GOP base.  The other wild card is all the new voting procedures put in place between 2002 and 2004 which have the potential for bugs of all kinds - again which are more likely to privilege the GOP.
    So on Tuesday - all you political junkies better plan to stay up late...  Nancy Pelosi better hold off in measuring windows for drapes in the Speaker's office...   As the saying goes - "one never knows, does one."  The Ds have over estimated their chances in the previous 3 elections.  What's to say they have got it right this time?  Their strategy has been to sit on a lead hoping the GOP would self-destruct.  In the fourth quarter that can cost you big time, in elections as well as football.
    My source on things political "Pennsylvania Slick" has been telling RAD all along to keep my cigar in the lock box...  Good advice. 
 

Sunday
Nov052006

THE McCALL MYSTIQUE

oregon.jpg    Reprinted with RAD's commentary from Sunday's November 5, 2006 Oregonian, by Brent Walth, "McCall never looked so good. But let's move on". Brent Walth is also the author of Fire at Eden's Gate, the definitive and excellent biography on Tom McCall.
    BW: A generation ago, Tom McCall was the right governor in the right state. Different times, though, call for different heroes. Anybody available?
    Tom McCall is back in Oregon politics -- not that something as feeble as death could keep him out forever.
    Republican Ron Saxton resurrected McCall -- the giant who still looms over this state more than any other leader in a century -- for a campaign ad in the governor's race. In the ad, a photo of McCall floats up while the narrator says, "Oregon once had America's most innovative state government." The narrator then reads a newspaper endorsement that calls Saxton a "Tom McCall kind of Republican."
    RAD: Any comparison between Tom McCall and Ron Saxton is political fiction. Oregonians who were around Oregon then knew who the 'real' Tom McCall was and Ron Saxton - "You are no Tom McCall."
    BW: Oregon politicians should know better by now: Never compare yourself to McCall. He may be dead, but when you put yourself next to him, you're the one who looks as transparent as a ghost.
    It's been nearly 32 years since McCall left the governorship with such a flourish that it's been impossible to look at the office in the same way since. As McCall himself once impertinently said of Democrat Bob Straub, a good and decent man who succeeded him in 1975, he "could never move out from under the shadow of Tom McCall."
    Years pass, but memory persists. People who weren't around for McCall tell me they think they missed something special, something better than today.
    Yeah, they did. But let's move on.
    RAD: We can't live in the past but we can learn from it. However, as of late - since the early 1990s Oregonians have been living in a state of denial that they could have it all without paying the price of civilization - called taxes. This is pure hokum.
    BW: Saxton shouldn't compare himself to McCall, and we should spare him and other Oregon politicians, too. McCall's gone, and so are the times that created him and that he in turn shaped like no other governor before or since. To compare mere mortals to a legend isn't fair. Waiting for Saxton or Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski to inspire takes us, the voters, off the hook.
    When I say let's move on, I don't do so lightly, nor do I want Oregon to forget McCall or what he still means.
    Twelve years ago, I published the biography of McCall, and ever since the question I'm asked most often goes something like this: "Why doesn't Oregon have any more Tom McCalls?"
    When I hear that, I ask them what they mean -- why do they yearn?
    Many people eloquently describe a leader who cares and inspires them. Others struggle to find the words, as if trying to describe a pleasant memory almost lost, like a sudden warm breeze feels on an autumn day -- here, embracing, then gone.
    I understand how they feel. I still miss him, too.
    RAD: Part of the problem is that if Tom McCall returned today, he would have to run as an independent not a Republican. As a progressive Republican he couldn't survive a GOP primary which is the monopoly of anti-tax-anti-government groupies, economic libertarians and the religious right.
    BW: But I also know fewer and fewer people understand what it all means. Less than half of Oregonians were alive when McCall first took office, and a lot of them didn't live here then. So let me fill in some gaps. The last time I tried to sum up why McCall matters I rambled on for 469 pages. I'll try to be brief.
    After decades as a woodsy backwater, Oregon exploded as a state of ideas, social experimentation and novelty under McCall, governor from 1967 to 1975. The landmarks that Oregon is still known for -- land-use planning, strong pollution controls, protection of public beaches, the bottle bill -- all came during his eight years as governor.
    The former journalist and broadcaster had won Oregonians' trust with 20 years of commentary and analysis on the local news. With his command of language and timing he forged a new identity for Oregon and for the people who lived here: progressive, independent, daring. He gave voice to our shared experiences in a way that startled us and wove them all into a splendid myth. He stood for protecting Oregon above all else -- and anyone else. As he famously warned a national TV audience in January 1971: "Come visit us again and again. This is a state of excitement. But for heaven's sake, don't move here to live."
    RAD: Oregon in the McCall era was a more homogenous middle class state with a strong timber industry, family wage jobs in that industry and a sense of self that a more diverse population does not have today divided along urban/rural lines and other demographic divisions which have fractured our sense of common values.
    BW: Yes, it was a long time ago, and much of this work, while revolutionary at the time, might seem quaint to some people when you consider today's challenges. So let me draw you to another quote, not as famous as his "visit but don't stay" quip, to show why McCall still matters.
    In January 1967 McCall delivered his first inaugural address. He listed a range of concerns, including schools, jobs, taxes and the environment. (Sound familiar?)
    But then he declared: "The overriding challenge -- the umbrella issue -- of the campaign and the decade is quality -- quality of life in Oregon."
    RAD: Those who have dominated Oregon politics since 1990 - the likes of Don McIntire and Bill Sizemore have no commitment to the McCall vision. Their goal is to "starve the beast" not to find common ground. The passage of Measure 37 and its sanctioning by Oregon's Supreme Court show how far we've strayed from McCall's vision.
    BW: The force of this simple, audacious statement is lost today because we take it so much for granted. Before McCall, most governors probably wanted to make Oregon a better place to live, but these gray men generally kept to the dreary work of running the state's institutions. (Saxton's ad, by the way, also mentions Republican Mark Hatfield, who preceded McCall as governor and had an august U.S. Senate career. It's not Hatfield's eight years in the statehouse Oregonians tend to remember, though.)
    No one before McCall declared in such an unequivocal way that his duty as governor was to improve the quality of your life. He talked of "livability," and its pursuit still dominates Oregon politics. Today, every debate is framed within the massive timbers of McCall's challenge. You hear it in Saxton's and Kulongoski's campaigns: They favor an activist government that works to make your life better.
    RAD: As one who grew up in the Hatfield era my recollection is that It was Governor Hatfield who first condemend the 21 "mircale miles" of ocean beach from Astoria to Cannon Beach as being akin to a cesspool of visual and land use pollution.
    BW: When I sat down to write this article, I called former Gov. Vic Atiyeh, a Republican who beat McCall during his ill-fated comeback in 1978.
    "The beauty of Tom McCall," Atiyeh told me, "was that when he grabbed onto something, he was dogged as the devil. "
Atiyeh paused. "He became the lightning rod. Some days he was the lightning itself."
    I like that: the lightning itself.
    And his words, the thunder. A writer at his core, McCall understood the force of language and how to harness the power of imagery. His metaphors not only got your attention but created indelible images that defined the issue. Greedy developers were the "grasping wastrels of the land." A polluting pulp mill, "a stinking cancer on the broad, green bosom of the Willamette Valley." Fellow Republicans who stood in his way, a "wrecking crew."
    RAD: Vic is right on about Tom. But give Vic Atiyeh credit - next to Tom McCall he's the most successful governor in recent Oregon history who stepped up to the fiscal crisis of the 1980s - refusing to pander to the anti-tax/anti-government crowd in his own party and getting a tax increase to fend off the predecessors of Measure 5. He also quietly prepared Oregon for entry into the global economy.
    BW: His care with his words also showed us he thought hard about what he wanted to say and respected our intelligence when he said it. Today, I squirm when I hear Saxton and Kulongoski debate. They're smart guys. I want to see evidence they've engaged their intellects, and I want them to dare us to use our brains, too. Instead, I picture them standing at lecterns with empty thought-balloons.
    They fail us not because they aren't as clever with words as McCall, but because they fail to understand McCall's power came from his authenticity: He never missed a chance to reveal the workings of his mind or the contents of his heart.
    RAD: McCall's way with words was indeed a key to his success. But so was his transparency and access to the Capitol press corp and public. He did not allow himself to be 'handled' by his staff. Recent governors except for Vic Atiyeh have allowed themselves to be bunkered in by their staffs who acted like they were afraid the boss would say something not scripted by self-appointed minders.
    BW: I used to cover politics -- I think of myself as a recovering political reporter -- and I've interviewed every governor since McCall. Each in his or her own way embraced improving livability.
    As a young reporter in Salem, I recall Atiyeh growing testy at a press conference when another reporter asked about McCall's legacy. I couldn't blame the governor. Atiyeh steered the state through a crushing recession that forever altered political discourse. Atiyeh faced a crisis of spirit that McCall never knew. Nor did McCall have to deal with fiscal struggles that consumed Kulongoski or Democrat Barbara Roberts.
    It was a lot easier for McCall to be McCall when the state had enough money. And it was easy to feel smug as an Oregonian when all of these good ideas didn't cost you very much. The innovations McCall is famous for required little sacrifice from everyday citizens. The ideas promoted a public good and shifted the burden onto some narrow interests, such as those grasping wastrels.
    RAD: McCall attempted to pre-empt the looming fiscal crisis by a tax reform package. It was voted down by the voters of the state and McCall almost resigned as governor! So even great communicator found there were limits to his magic with words.
    BW: Don't forget that McCall had the media's help. The press corps worshipped and protected him. Today, the clubbiness of the media is long gone, and no one politician can so easily dominate, not with bloggers, myriad cable channels and talk-radio performers who sell hatred of government as hard as they hawk mattresses.
    The circumstances of his time freed McCall to experiment with issues that mattered to him and the state, and then to master them. We no longer give anyone the slack to do what McCall did. Where did the disillusionment and distrust with state government come from? Did it fill the post-McCall void, or was it inevitable?
    Blame the politicians all you want, but it's the voters who hemmed in state government. They created a capricious tax refund (the kicker), gave themselves billions in property tax cuts (Measure 5's limits) and then turned the prison system into a massive entitlement program (mandatory sentencing).
    Voters got results: More money in their pockets, prisoners behind bars and state government on a chain. Now, when candidates say they want to do more -- say, better schools -- we wonder where all the money went.
    RAD: Brent is right on about the voters complicity in Oregon's fiscal crisis. Ironically Measure 5, which began the downhill slide, was passed by voters in the super liberal metro area not by the down state 'other' Oregon. How ironic that ever since the certifiable 'smart' folks of Stump Town would feel the pain of their own votes 15 years later...
    BW: We wonder where the Tom McCalls went. Let's move on.
    I don't expect a candidate to be the next McCall. All I ask is that they aspire to what McCall asked of himself: to be heroic.
    In all of my research on McCall's biography, no discovery meant more to me than the one I found in a book by Studs Terkel, "American Dreams: Lost and Found." McCall, nearing death, is momentarily caught up in nostalgia before the lightning flashes once more.
    "(I'm) wondering, where is the glow of yesteryear?" McCall says to Terkel. "Wondering where the heroes went. Gosh, I don't know how long ago they left.
    "Heroes," he went on, "are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it's my responsibility to make it better. Interweave all these communities, and you really have an America that is back on its feet, a comfortable nation to live in again.
    "I think we're gonna have to reassess what constitutes a hero."
    RAD: The key to the McCall era is that it wasn't all about Tom! It was about us, as Oregonians. McCall was good at appropriating ideas from other and then articulating them as only he could. He also had the advantage of
bi-partisan support in the legislature. Democrats and Republicans didn't run the show - something akin to the "Oregon" party ran things then. There were many heroes, not just one.

    BW: I have since heard McCall's meditation quoted in political speeches and seen it printed on T-shirts. I still return to this quote whenever I wonder what I want out of leaders, from people around me and, for that matter, from myself.
The state of excitement of McCall's time is now a state of denial. You can no longer talk about Oregon government making the lives of its citizens better and not talk about who pays more or who goes without.
    Yes, I want a governor who stirs me to be a better citizen, to remind me about the beauty of Oregon's landscape and the power of memory.
    What I need, though, is not something from a past time but something for this anxious era, this distracted and greedy era. I need candidates who show me they think about what it means to make our community a better place in which to live.
    Those post-McCall truths stare us all in the face: Simple answers rarely work. The state we want can't be had on the cheap. Sacrifices are inevitable.
    I guess we're gonna have to reassess what constitutes a governor.
    RAD: We need a governor who appeals to our better angels, not our fears or prejudices. We also need a governor who has vision and courage. We need a leader, not a cowardly lion or bean counter.
    My first memory of Ted Kulongoski is a visit to his Senate office in Salem with my students years ago. Hanging proudly on the wall of his office was the banner of the National Lawyer's Guild. That meant something to me - then and now. It was the Lawyer's Guild not the ABA in the '20s and '30s who all over the country defended workers rights and the rights of African-Americans often risking their own lives.
    I'm hoping 'that' Ted Kulongoski reappears in the next 4 years if he is re-elected.  If Ron Saxton is elected - then let's hope his embrace McCall's name is not just another cynical PR con job.  

Saturday
Nov042006

IT'S THE WAR, STUPID!

    A lot of work.   Syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman said it all in his most recent NYTimes column, "Insulting our intelligence," which was reprinted in today's Oregonian:  "...Let Karl Rove know you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq - and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate - it means our country has become a banana republic.  It means our democracy is in tatters because it is so gerrymandered, so polluted by money and so divided by professional political hacks that we can no longer hold the ruling party to account.  It means we're as stupid as Karl Rove thinks we are.  I, for one, don't think we're that stupid.  Next Tuesday, we'll see..."
    RAD:  Right on TF...  Tuesday is our chance to show the world who the real "stupidos" are in the USA - that bozo and his clowns in the West Wing.  Show the door to the minions of corruption and incompetence by giving them a swift kick with your votes on their way out...  We've had enough! 

     

Friday
Nov032006

GET OUT THE BROOM

images.jpg    Charlie Cook in his most recent Off to the Races report concludes that:  "Republicans should consider themselves lucky if their net losses stay in the 20-25 range in the House, four or five seats in the Senate, and between five and eight governorships. It would be a tough election, losing their majorities in the House and governorships, but it would fall short of the devastating losses that are possible. But the chances of this thing going bigger -- far bigger -- still exist, and there are quite a few veteran Republican strategists, people who have done tons of races in all kinds of states and districts for many years, who are bracing themselves for that distinct possibility."