“The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and Donald Trump as the man who would “kick over the table” (to quote Newt Gingrich) in Washington, “change-maker” does not exactly make the heart race.
For reasons not easily explained, we have entered an era when the fundamentals of civil society require clarification. Principle, ethics, conscience, justice are concepts in need of explanation. We should, now, remind those in search of power that the law, the Constitution and liberty cannot be set aside for their political ambitions.
PHILADELPHIA — En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although not that serene, think her victory is probable and can be assured.
In the ideal world, I might expect people in Seattle or Spokane to be slightly pleased if Japan cut to zero its 17 percent tariff on Washington apples. They might be cheered if the 8.5 percent tariff on sweet cherries went away, or the 8.5 percent tariff on frozen french fries. This would be helpful in these parts, Japan being the world’s third largest economy and selling fruit or potatoes being a significant source of Washington’s regional income. More jobs, prosperity, money, those are good things.
My reaction to the last week of political mush and gasbagging is that, frankly, I would much prefer Michelle Obama for president. I appreciate her perspective. In her speech Monday before the Democratic National Convention we saw her love of family, that she sees power in reconciliation and unity, and that this country, despite the wickedness in its past and its many faults today, is still great.
Overlooking the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia rivers east of Brewster, a former state parks site dedicated to the 1811 Fort Okanogan has been converted by the Colville Tribes into history of Native Americans.
The sad truth, in this nation and state, is that we most often deal with those suffering mental illness by sending the police. “In a mental health crisis, people are more likely to encounter police than get medical help,” reports the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 15 percent of men and 30 percent of women booked into jails “have a serious mental health condition,” the alliance reports.
The image that will remain with us from the recent Republican National Convention is not Donald Trump’s scowling acceptance speech or his boast to be the only cure for our national disease. What we will remember is the sea of Republican delegates chanting for the opposition’s nominee to be hauled off to prison. “Lock her up, lock her up!” they shouted. We presume they do not intend to offer Hillary Clinton a trial or the presumption of innocence, and that her sentence would be interminable.
The Wenatchee River flows through, we dare say, one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. Tranquil, pastoral, gorgeous in every season, there is nothing quite like it. And yet, if you wish to take a walk on the river’s shore, or wet a line in its salmon-filled waters, you are hard pressed to find a spot between the cities of Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Steep bluffs or private land abound.
The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans achieved not unity, but only a rough facsimile.