Informed opinion from the Pacific Northwest. We are a group of current and former Pacific Northwest journalists looking for an avenue to express political opinions outside the normal structures of journalism.
In 1850, America was consumed with the question of slavery. The awkward Missouri Compromise and similar plans created a perilous national balancing act, attempting to both condemn and retain slavery at the same time.
Retired General Jim Mattis became the first confirmed member of Donald Trump’s cabinet in 2017. Mattis boasted a legendary Marine Corps career of 44 years, which is (…hold on, let me double check my math here…OK, yep…) exactly 44 years longer than the military career of the man who nominated him.
There can be no doubt. These days, the name of the game is names. Improperly describing, addressing or identifying not just people—but also places and things—is a tiptoe trip through a linguistic minefield. The lines which delineate such spaces are not only blurred…they keep shifting.
With their Debate Road Show now underway, Democrats are proposing grand plans—mostly for the good. But numbers are numbers, and as much as candidates want to avoid them, in the end someone’s going to have to foot the bill. Let’s deal with two different plans centered on the cost of college.
I heard a pundit last week offer a blazing truth on the current division in the Democratic Party. He or she (can’t remember which) said the “defining distinction” for “old line” Democrats, like Joe Biden, is still class; but for the “new” ones (including most everyone running against him in the primaries), that distinction is identity.
In 1974, John Hersey wrote a small gem of a novel called, My Petition for More Space. Employing the same dystopian vibe as Orwell’s 1984, his protagonist stands in an endless line awaiting his chance to ask for more than the 8’x12’ stamp of cement floor on which he “lives”.