The Curious Case of John Kitzhaber.

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Right From the Start

The Curious Case of John Kitzhaber.

Saturday, February 13, marks the one-year anniversary of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D-OR) resignation in the face of a conflict of interest scandal involving the governor and his paramour, Cylvia Hayes. At the time of Mr. Kitzhaber’s resignation, the Justice Department was said to be conducting a grand jury investigation into the matter, and the Oregon Attorney General had suspended her investigation in order to defer to the federal government. That is the Justice Department that was being run by then Attorney General Eric Holder (D).

A year has passed and the following is what has been done in furtherance of justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right – nothing.

In February of last year I wrote a column that stated:

“The [Democrat] machine is populated by Democrat politicians, public employee union officials, environmental activists and, strangely, a gaggle of business executives – primarily from Portland. (I don’t want to ignore the various other advocacy groups that populate Democrat politics – abortion advocates, minorities, gays, poverty advocates and others – who provide noise and publicity but little in terms of actual direction.)

“Compared to the size of its base, its leadership is a relatively small cadre. They all know each other, went to school with each other, married each other, had affairs with each other, hired each other and have risen to positions of prominence in business and government as a result. And they are corrupt.

“The corruption extends to those benefiting from government largesse – that would include the public employee unions, those who contract with government for a whole variety of goods and services, the activists who rely on government for funds and grants to this or that “good cause”, and the environmental lobby who rely on government subsidies for their very commercial existence. It includes those who benefit from government action that either shelters them from governmental burdens (taxes and rules or regulations) or imposes disproportionate burdens on their competitors. And finally, it includes those who acquire power and position simply for the sake of acquiring power and position and who use that power and position primarily to retain power and position rather than pursue the commonweal of citizens. And in Oregon, the mainstream press is a part of that cadre and serves primarily to extol their virtues, bury their misdeeds and savage their opponents. (For the past decade the responsibility of “government watchdog” has fallen singularly to Willamette Week – an alternative newspaper primarily noted for its “personal classifieds” but which is directed by Richard Meeker, a fearless muckracker, and staffed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nigel Jaquiss. (Surely Mr. Jaquiss will win another Pulitzer for his unearthing of this scandal while the other media outlets sat on their hands.)

“While Mr. Kitzhaber is toast and no one in power actually gives a damn about Ms. Hayes (she was always more interloper than insider), the rest of the machine needs protection – and protection they will get.”

Time is always on the side of the corrupt. As time passes and the media turns its head away, the populace forgets or shrugs it off as being one more instance in which the politicians have gotten away with something.

It’s too bad. At one time, at least three decades ago, before the Governor Neil Goldschimdt (D-OR) administration, Oregon was noted for its “clean government.” Not any more, not by a long shot. And it isn’t going to recover any time soon given that the Democrats retain every state-wide elected office and super majorities or near super majorities in both houses of the legislature.

Your job is to feed the machine. Oh, and shut up.

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  • Ron Glynn

    John Who? See, I have forgotten already.

  • mike rose

    What makes it worse, Larry, in addition to time passing, is that the O/Olive continues to lose the reporters who did such a good job when the whole thing went down. No one to followup or keep digging into this sordid mess. Dunno…have you seen anything from Budnick/Gunderson lately?….I have not.

    Business as usual…mediocrity prevails, and we’re all the worse for it.

    • DavidAppell

      If you want more reporters, subscribe to more newspapers. Or at least to one of them.

      • mike rose

        Ah David….the milk was odorously fetid when it first spilt….John Fraud and partner made it stink so. I read other pubs…not necessarily your spouts. Would just like to see the State’s newspaper of record continue in depth coverage of this pathetic embarrassment.

        • DavidAppell

          Unless you subscribe to the Oregonian, you have no business telling it what to do. They need subscriptions to employ reporters to dig into all this.

          Are you paying for that?

          • mike rose

            David…puh-leeze….give it a rest….I’m a subscriber…paid in full.

          • DavidAppell

            Great for you. Many (most?) of those here aren’t.

        • DavidAppell

          The newspaper owes your nothing, unless you’re a subcriber.

          Are you?

  • Connie Kosuda

    if you wish to take the ‘historic’ view, the sordid background of this State as a whites-only stronghold is well established / the KKK telling the Police of Portland what they can and cannot do, all documented. .

    unfortunately for your rants, white ‘supremacy’ groups and the Klan are predominantly if not exclusively Republican .

    any comments?

    • Ron Glynn

      Unfortunately Connie, you do not know what you are talking about. The KKK was started by Democrats in the South after the Civil War. Secondly, you absolutely have no evidence of what Party white ‘supremacy’ groups or the Klan belong to. You are simply going by your biased opinion and talking about what you do not know. Yes, Oregon does have a sordid history of White Supremacy. Once, there was even a Klan Governor by the name of Walter M. Pierce(1-8-23 to 1-18-27) and he was a Democrat!

      • Connie Kosuda

        check the Southern Poverty Law Center website for a full list of current white supremacist groups currently in operation in Oregon, a racist stronghold.

        racism / bigotry /elitism / intolerance, pretty much the Republican brand.

        and , of course, the names of the parties have rather different intents and purposes back then / but you know that, don’t you.

        • DavidAppell

          A current list isn’t documentation of the KKK telling Portland police what to do….

          • Connie Kosuda

            2 different things / both documented / both proven / even in the “O” there have been photos.

          • Eric Blair

            But you’re talking about the 1920’s and 30’s aren’t you?

          • Connie Kosuda

            then and now. we were talking about history, even before Gov. K! and also current facts.

            as to whether we are worse than other States, we are I believe the only state which was formally founded, in writing, no less, as a whites only stronghold / no one else welcome. that is still the case , witness the police shootings / the mouth breathers lament about immigrants from groups other than their own ‘ancestors’ /

            and now, with the smiles and weak handshakes going around , it is still the same. and now, as in Washington County, it is life for the rich / the rest can go fish. elitism , racism, bigotry, small mindedness, arrogance, self-importance / a deadly stew.

          • Ron Glynn

            Connie:
            I know Oregon History. We are light years better than we were 50 years ago in terms of racial relations. Back then, African-Americans were confined to an area of North Portland. Now that is no longer the case. Do we still have problems? Do we still have work to do? Yes. I suspect most Oregonians of all colors are people of good will.
            Please do not paint things as being so bleak.

          • Connie Kosuda

            they are the way they are / which is still horrific for an allegedly educated state. we’ve got a hole in our soul.

          • DavidAppell

            Documented where?

          • Connie Kosuda

            please read my previous posts / the Oregonian even has posted photos of the Klan telling the Police what to do / that is what their ‘meeting’ was about.

          • DavidAppell

            Where is the proof of your claims? That the KKK told OR/Portland police what to do?

            I’ve asked at least twice now. You keep avoiding the question.

          • Connie Kosuda

            you appear to be unable to read the answers.

          • DavidAppell

            I’d like links, references, and citations.

            Did you learn how to do that in high school?

          • DavidAppell

            Links to these pictures?

          • Connie Kosuda

            check the Oregonian, the Aloha Historical Society and the Beaverton Historical society, for starters.

          • DavidAppell

            You made the claim. Your responsibility to prove them, with citations and links.

            Clearly you cannot. So your claims are worthless.

          • Connie Kosuda

            clearly you don’t know how to look things up for yerself, boy o.

          • DavidAppell

            I can look up plenty. Also, I can recognize a fraud when I see one.

          • Connie Kosuda

            I’m beginning to think you are used to being waited on / hopefully one day you can do some independent work on your own.

        • Eric Blair

          If you take a look at the map on the SPLC website you’ll see that the east coast is much more of a racist stronghold than Oregon. It’s still not good, but a lot different than what you are claiming. And, there is nothing in the map the denotes which political party members of those hate groups belong to.

        • Ron Glynn

          Southern Poverty Law Center started out good, but now is just cash machine for people like you to donate their money. I checked their Hate map the other day. Oregon is listed with something like 3 or 4 groups around the Portland Area. Hardly makes Oregon a “racist stronghold”
          You are right about the new intentions of Parties. The Democrat path in now full blown Socialism and an all powerful government to tell the citizens what to do with their lives. Oregon is a perfect example of a one Party Democrat State with the previous corrupt governor ushered out in disgrace.

      • DavidAppell

        Ron: All those southern Democratic racists are now in the Republican party. Moving them there was part of Nixon’s “southern strategy.”

        And now the Republicans are stuck with them. Racists like Trump are the result.

        • Ron Glynn

          David: Sorry, but your are wrong about those Democrat Racists now being in the Republican Party. Almost all of the Democrats you refer to are DEAD! Nixon has been dead awhile too. All races are welcome in the Republican Party.

          • Eric Blair

            That southern Democrats, who became Republicans because of the LBJ championing the Civil Rights Act, etc…, had children. Many of whom picked up their parent’s politics. The Republicans are frequently noted for their racist dog-whistling. Think of the Willie Horton ad.

          • Ron Glynn

            More Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act, etc. than Democrats. In fact some prominent Democrats resisted the change. About your statement of “many of whom picked their parent’s politics”, please point me to your source proving it. Think of the Willie Horton ad? That was in 1988 and was put out by National Security PAC which was not connected to the Bush Campaign or the Republican National Committee.

          • No Hypocrisy

            Absolutely not true.

            In the House, 153 Democrats voted for the final version of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, while only 138 Republicans voted for it.

            In the Senate, 46 Democrats voted for it, while only 27 Republicans voted for it.

            It really wasn’t a R. vs. D. thing, it was a S. vs. N. thing:

            Only 7 (all Democrats) of 97 Southern House members voted for it. All 10 Southern Republicans voted against it. Only 1 (a Democrat) Southern Republican Senator voted for it.

            Overwhelming majorities of members of both parties from the North voted for the bill, which is why it passed.

            Over the next 10 – 15 years the South went from being overwhelmingly Democratic to overwhelmingly Republican.

            Many staunch segregationists like Jesse Helms (and, earlier, Strom Thurmond) switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

          • Eric Blair

            I didn’t say it was connected to the Bush campaign. I said it was a Republican dog whistle.

            You are wrong, more Republicans did not vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In raw numbers, more Democrats in both the House and Senate voted for the Act than Republicans. However, a much higher percentage of Republicans voted for the Act than Democrats (roughly 60% to 80% in the House, and 70% to 80% in the Senate).

            The Act, however, alienated many conservative Democrats in the South, and started their gradual migration from being Democrats to Republicans which was completed by the 1980 elections, where Republicans have continued to dominate in Southern elections. Those conservative Democrats became Republicans.

            Start with 1964 and fast-forward to the present. The Texas GOP has called for the repeal of the Voter’s Rights Act. Jeb Bush says that a President, he would not reauthorize the act. Ron Paul is notable for his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Combine that with the fact that it is Republicans who are frequently passing voting suppression laws at the state level, and you get a pretty good picture of how the political landscape has changed since 1964.

            As for generational political beliefs: Gallup Poll 2005 The poll is 5 years old, so things could have changed in 10 years.

          • DavidAppell

            The Republican party is clearly the racist party in the US, formed by Nixon’s “Southern Strategy.”

    • DavidAppell

      Documented where?

      • Connie Kosuda

        Oregonian has some files / Southern Poverty Law Center has extensive documentation (even nationally) / and the good old Aloha Historical Society and Beaverton Historical Society, to name a few.

        • DavidAppell

          Extremely vague. Do you have actual links?

          • Robert Collins

            David,
            Older people than you do not rely on “links”. They reply on books, and reading, and thinking, and past learning. The problem with your generation is “links”. You cannot think for yourself. You can only absorb internet input. At some point you may grow out of it.

          • Eric Blair

            Some do, and some don’t. You’d be surprised at the number of older people who have gone digital.

            Reading is reading regardless of the format. Reading, thinking and learning from the past occurs just as often on the internet as it does in the pages of a book.

            Your point does not make sense. This is an electronic forum, where links perform the same function as footnotes. Now, if David had been complaining that there weren’t links in the endnotes of a book, you’d have a point.

            But he didn’t, so you don’t.

          • DavidAppell

            My generation? Right.

            Clearly you have no links, no citations or no materials to back up your claims.

            That was my original point.

          • Connie Kosuda

            nonsense. research research research

          • DavidAppell

            You can’t provide links or proof. I don’t believe your claims.

        • DavidAppell

          “Some files?” How specific of you….. Face it, you have no evidence to support your claim.

  • DavidAppell

    Larry: What is to be gained by the public by an in-depth analysis of Kitzhaber? It’s spilled milk. Move on.

    • Roger Enout

      Indelibly all over your efface, con’d rad Appell wipe

      • DavidAppell

        I believe the usual language here is English. Yours?

  • Dave Lister

    I am not sure how this thread ended up on the KKK in Oregon. But it is historical fact that Oregon was a big Klan state. There was even an initiative referendum at one point to deny entry into the state by any black people. For the most part, there were no black people in Oregon until the Kaiser shipyards recruited nationally for labor during the Second World War.

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