Author Roger Rosenblatt in "Unless It Moves The Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing" -
"We write to make suffering endurable, evil intelligible, justice desirable and love possible."
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws."
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
This blog is dedicated to the principle that the role of an academic, pundit and community organizer - what Ernest Boyer terms "public intellectuals" - should be to afflict the well-born and powerful and to advocate for and comfort those of lesser places in the social order.
The RAD blog aspires to be in the tradition of such iconoclastic figures in US history from H.L. Menken - "For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong" and I.F. Stone - "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out."
The RAD blog is also guided by the assumption that readers of blogs have a longer attention spans than a nanno second. This blog is an editorial page blog not a text message blog like most you see online. The author doesn't believe that we all suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADD).
A Primer on Political Blogging:
With blogging, twittering, tweeting, face book & cell phones we’ve entered a “brave new world” of information sharing where the key is the reader’s own intellectual filter and compass to decipher the good, the bad and the ugly.
Readers normally filter what they read whether in a hand held daily newspaper, listening to the radio and/or watching TV news. But with all these sources now available online it makes the job of being a “critical reader” even more important.
• Garbage in, garbage out
• Attention deficit problem
• Internal censorship
• The echo chamber effect
• Mobilization of bias
What do we bring to this process?
• Are we pro-active or passive?
• Are we biased or open to other views?
• Are we engaged politically so that we have some idea based on experience by which to filter claims and counter claims?
Types of blogs and/or web sites
• Journalist blogs
• Partisan blogs
• Policy wonk blogs
• Candidate blogs
• Lib/Con blogs
• Commentary blogs
• Public official blogs
If we assume blogs can/will replace daily journalism we are mistaken. We are confusing the information delivery system with the need for basic day-to-day information on our local communities, state and national affairs. This requires journalistic boots on the ground following the events of the day wherever they might take place.
What does this mean as newspapers die and/or merge? It means that daily newspapers which survive are even more important. It opens up the market to community newspapers which serve regions within a metro area. Some dailies may end up being online only focusing on investigative journalism. It also makes PBS and its affiliates more important to plug the gaps.
This may also force the deep pockets of the two major political parties to fund local daily newspapers as they did in colonial times through the 1940s. The penny press was a partisan press. Only with the onset of for profit commercial journalism did we see the emergence of the so-called politically “neutral” press.
Oregonians as late as the 1960s had three papers to read – the Portland Journal, a Democratic leaning daily, the Oregonian, a self-described “Independent Republican” daily and the Portland Reporter, a pro-union paper. If the current business model no longer works for dailies how about a return to a partisan press?
This blog is a non-commerical endeavor compared to many blogs which use advertising to subsidize their habit. RAD is an unpaid blogger and therefore untainted by money and its addictions. I also don't take posts by other contributors and/or bloggers unless I know them personally.
Tom McCall Forum
2007: Lee Hamilton & John Bolton
2006: Tom Daschle & Pat Buchanan
2005: Howard Dean & Richard Perle
2004: Molly Ivins & William Kristol
2003: Bill Bradley & David Gergen
2002: Newt Gingrich & Ralph Nader
2001: Alan Dershowitz & Ralph Reed
2000: Mary Matalin & James Carville
1999: C. Everett Koop & Joseph Califano
1998: Haley Barbour & Leon Panetta
1997: Dan Quayle and Robert Kennedy, Jr.
1996: Mario Cuomo and Lynn Martin
1995: James Carville & William Safire
1994: Pierre Salinger & John Sununu
1992: Jesse Jackson & Peter Ueberroth
1991: Geraldine Ferraro & William Bennett
1990: Carl Bernstein & Michael Deaver
1989: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. & Robert Bork
1988: Pat Schroeder & Jeane Kirkpatrick
1987: Robert McNamara & Zbigniew Brzezinski
1986: Andrew Young & Arthur Laffer
1985: George McGovern & James Watt
1984: William F. Buckley, Jr. & Dick Clark
1983: Mulford Q. Sibley, Howard Phillips & Admiral Noel Gayler
1982: Cal Thomas & Sam Brown
RAD earned his B.A. from Whitman College (1964) and M.A. (1969), Ph.D. (1973) from the University of Minnesota. At Whitman Russ focused on American politics under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Y. Fluno. At the University of Minnesota Russ studied political philosophy under the mentorship of Dr. Mulford Q. Sibley. But as one looks back on a 39 plus year career, my true mentor in things political was my father, Charles A. Dondero.
When not blogging, teaching or lobbying, RAD can be found on the golf course. When the rains come RAD will be in the train room running his S-gauge model train empire. RAD is a UW Husky true believer and a Seattle Mariners fan. As RFK once said "politics is a sport played by adults" so RAD is never far from the field of dreams on the course, in the stands, in the train room or in the spin zone!
1Hole in One, Ghost Creek, Pumpkin Ridge GC, #11 July 27, 2007
More on RAD:
B.A. 1964 - Whitman College (Major: Political Science)
M.A. 1968 - University of Minnesota (Major: Political Science)
PH.D. 1973 - University of Minnesota (Major: Political Science)
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA: Assistant Professor 1969-74
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR: Assistant to Full Professor, 1974-2005
Portland State University, Portland, OR: Adjunct Professor, 2005-2009
Oasis Adult Learning Center, Portland, OR: Lectureer, Fall 2010
Lewis & Clark College, Adjunct Professor, Fall 2010
Recipient in 1996 of the Honor of Merit award for his founding and leadership of the annual Tom McCall Forum, now in it’s 24th year
Honored in May 2002 by an anonymous alumi donor for contribution to Pacific University establishing - “The Story-Dondero Chair for the Study of Politics & the Economy”
Honored in February of 2005 by Pacific political science alums with the founding of the "Dondero Scholarship" fund for internship support
Honored with rank of Professor Emeritus of Politics & Government by Pacific University, Commencement 2005
Honored on November 7, 2007 upon his retirement as founder/coordinator of the Tom McCall Forum
Fields of Teaching:
Parties & Elections
State & Local Politics
Politics & the Media
The US Congress
Politics of Education
Politics of Health Care
Mentor to 50 plus student interns (at Dickinson, Pacific & PSU) leading to successful careers in public service;
Founder/Coordinator, annual Tom McCall Forum - 1981 to 2007
Project Director, $450,000 per Hewlett Grants 1998-2004, phase I and II
Past Service (partial list):
Served as Chair, Department of Politics & Government 1980-1998, 2001-2002;
Chair, Division of Social Sciences (1994-97);
Chair of the Campus Governance Council (predecessor to University Council;
Chair of Arts & Sciences Faculty;
Member of the University Council, the Judicial Council, the Standards & Advising Committee, the Admissions Committee.
Scholarly & Related Activities:
Member Pacific Northwest Political Science Association since 1974,
President PNWPSA 2003-2004;
Occasional participant in regional and national political science professional meetings including the APSA and WPSA
Frequently interviewed and quoted by TV, broadcast and print media in Oregon and beyond relative to Oregon politics…
Columnist for Forest Grove News-Times, 2009 - present
2001: A co-author of 2 chapters on the media and interest groups in a book about Oregon politics published by the University of Nebraska Press (2005) - book jacket below
1999: Contributor to Outside Money: Soft Money & Issue Ads in Competitive 1998 Congressional Elections, A Report of a Grant Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, edited by David Magelby, BYU – the basis for a major text on this subject
1999: Consultant project/analysis on neighborhood sustainability in Racine, Wisconsin and San Diego, California for McKeever/Morris
1983: Sabbatical, City Commissioner Margaret Strachan's Office, Portland, OR. Produced Report Analyzing Staff Relationships In Commissioner’s Office
1980: Staff Writer of Community Correction Task Force Report, Washington County, Oregon
1976: Lilly Grant Intern to Alan Weber, Office of the Mayor, Portland, OR. Produced Report On Community Participation For Mayor & Staff
Faculty Internships, Consultantships & Related Experiences:
1976 - Sabbatical - Office of the Mayor of Portland, OR.
1979 - KBOO-FM, Community Radio, Portland, OR.
1983 - Sabbatical - City Commissioner Margaret Strachan's Office, Portland, OR.
1984 - Staff Writer, Washington County Justice Task Force Report
1991 - Sabbatical - Low Income Housing Lobbyist, Member of the Housing Lobby Coalition
1993 - Chair, Housing Task Force, Washington County
1994 - Chair, Citizen Participation Task Force, Washington County
1999 - 2008 - Washington County Housing Authority Advisory Council,
1999 - Sabbatical - consultant with McKeever/Morris
2007 - 2008 - Leadership Group of Washington County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
2006 - present - Washington County's Interfaith Committee on Homelessness, IFCH
2009 - present - Washington County Homeless Plan Advisory Committee, HPAC
2010 - Policy Advisor to Greg Mecklem Campaign, Fall 2010
2011 - present - Policy Analyst, Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC-CAN)
2011 - Ecumenical Ministeries of Oregon, Public Policy Board
2011 - present - Washington County THRIVES
The definitve book on Oregon politics: