By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

History on the march

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marty10230

It was a wonderful, peaceful day, and I am so proud of the people in Yamhill County who showed up or supported us in other ways.

treefarmer

It was definitely a great day! Many thanks to Ms. Bledsoe for organizing and making it possible. The sense of community was exactly what we all needed - and will continue to need - as we move forward and begin to fully understand the dire consequences of the last election. We came together in peace, with hope and respect for our American values that we feel are under fire. Those middle fingers mentioned in the article represent the tone and influence that appears to have been empowered and rewarded by the hateful rhetoric of a hateful campaign. We responded by smiling, waving, or totally ignoring the obscene gestures. They have their First Amendment rights and we have ours, we just chose to exercise them in different ways.

I am so encouraged by the sheer numbers and beautiful spirit of my fellow citizens. I firmly believe that we can and WILL work together with courage, conviction, and tenacity to protect our imperiled democracy.

Horse with no name

Excellent event! Really uplifting and moving to see the variety of people and age groups from our community. A demonstration of strength the Trumpies find hard to understand because it wasn't loud bully talk from a draft dodging greedy poser (I could go on), who thinks he's a smart tough guy.

john fritter

"draft dodging greedy poser (I could go on), who thinks he's a smart tough guy"
lol I'm sure Trump is the first and only one that fits that description. We have never had a democrat that could wear that hat have we?

Burcham

Discussed that citizens can not be behind our new president. I can not remember ever having a president that I liked 100% so we ought to keep our mouth shout snd see what happens.and give president the opportunity succeed.

Horse with no name

You're right John, that is pretty broad. Let’s put a point on it, Putin's Punk. Now we all know who I'm describing. Anyone that has heard and seen what Trump has said and how he has acted knows the truth. Based on their standards they can accept that behavior or not. Last I heard we were still a free country, maybe a little dimmer in some respects, but still free. That was demonstrated on the streets of McMinnville by the men, women and children that live here. I'm proud to have been one of them.

treefarmer

I don’t remember any time I felt 100% agreement with a President either, Burcham. While I do respect Obama and appreciate his service to this country, there were many areas where I disagreed with him, and was quite disappointed by a number of his actions/inactions. If we had ended up with a President McCain or a President Romney, the same would have been true - although, given my political leanings, I would probably been somewhat more critical. Still, I was ready to accept either of those men as my President even though I didn’t necessarily agree with their ideology. I would have had faith that they intended to govern with decency and rational judgement. I would not have felt alarmed and endangered by ineptitude and reckless behavior. I would have afforded either of them due respect unless or until they proved otherwise. Here is the difference, and the reason some of us can’t “keep our mouth shut and see what happens.” The new “leader” has already indicated what he intends to do, and how he plans to do it. It looks totally antithetical to American values and democratic governance. And every day brings new and more distressing developments.

It is historically and truly patriotic to protest, and work to correct that which we honestly believe to be causing serious damage our country. When someone pulls the pin and throws a grenade into your house, it is not wise to sit back and wait for it to explode.

OregonDad

NR runs two stories on this - the first for free advertising and the second to rejoice in the history of it all and not one story on the fact that a new president was inaugurated? News is news. Opinion is opinion. The NR has been losing this distinction.

kona

Let me start by saying that I don't like President Trump as a person nor his actions. Having said that, I hope he has a very successful four (or 8 years) years. Naturally everyone has their opinions on how our country should be run. Everyone knew before the election, as much as ever in our history, about the candidates and Donald Trump won the election. I would only ask dissenters to be fair in evaluating President Trumps actions and not be hypocritical in judgments.

kona

Oregon Dad, do you think this had anything to do with Steve Bagwell's ringing/glowing endorsement of Hillary Clinton?

Jim

Spot on OregonDad.

sbagwell

OregonDad:
The orientation of our community newpaper is intensely local. We make no attempt to cover national or international news unless it has a direct local tie, and lean that direction with state news as well.
We did not cover the inauguation because no local tie was evident. We covered the local march because it involved hundreds of local residents and occurred in the heart of our community. We worked in the Portland, Salem and D.C. marches only to the extent they involved local residents opting to participate, and we put our focus squarely on them and their comments.
Like community newspapers everywhere, our focus is local, local, local.
Hope that helps clarify the situation.
Steve Bagwell, Managing Editor

sbagwell

Case in point by way of explanation:
We do not normally do stories on the inauguration of new Oregon governors, who have been unformly Democratic since Vic Atiyeh, now deceased. However, we carried the following story this year, pasted below in its entirety:
"McMinnville High School’s Symphonic Choir will perform at Gov. Kate Brown’s inauguration, set for Monday, Jan. 9, at the Capitol in Salem.
"Director Robin Pederson said the governor heard the choir at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Portland early this year. 'Her staffer told me she was very impressed by our performance and hasn’t stopped talking about us,' Pederson said.
"She added that she’s not surprised by the governor’s reaction. Members of the choir are 'probably the nicest group of kids I have had the pleasure to conduct, with kindness and an amazing work ethic.'” The reason for a story this year? The Mac High choir was invited, giving us a local tie. Otherwise, no.
Steve

kona

Was there a unifying direction/message from the "march" besides anti-President Trump? Was the message primarily to block President Trump's agenda? To block the Republican agenda? Or, to show the displeasure for the conditions in our country from the last administration and administrations previously to the Obama Administration? Was the "march" bipartisan or primarily made up of liberal/progressive/Socialist/Democratic voices?

Jim

Funny Steve how you just said you don't do National News and two of tonight's headlines are on the Dow and President Trumps tariffs on the auto industry. And that's local news how?

Jeb Bladine

Good catch, Jim. Those two non-local stories on the website are Associated Press articles that did not appear in the print newspaper. Steve has nothing to do with the website, so he would not have been involved in that. We occasionally have stories on the N-R website that don't appear in print, and vice versa. And yes, Kona, when the newspaper editorial board decided not to endorse either of the presidential candidates but rather feature opinions about each, Steve did write the pro-Clinton commentary that was published alongside an equally strong pro-Trump commentary.

treefarmer

Well, N~R – it appears that you can’t please all of the people all of the time? For the record, some of us are VERY pleased. Many thanks for your excellent local coverage, especially the reporting on the “walk.”

Jim

Tree Farmer I'm not unhappy with the News Register I was pointing out the flaw in Steve Bagwells little rebuttal to Oregon Dad. I think Oregon dad and I would just like to see both sides of our new Presidents ups and downs presented. Not everybody hates him. He could be the greatest thing since sliced bread or the biggest failure we have ever seen but everybody has to settle down and let the man try to do his job. We are called the United States of America for a good reason. A lot have folks have forgotten that.

kona

I think the NewsRegister does a terrific job for our area.

treefarmer

Jim – looks like that “flaw” was immediately acknowledged and explained. I thought the accusations of “free advertising” and “rejoicing” were not based in reality, but an opinion doesn’t necessarily need to be factual and I agree with you that ‘OregonDad’ definitely has every right to his.

Mudstump

Jim - "but everybody has to settle down and let the man try to do his job. We are called the United States of America for a good reason. A lot have folks have forgotten that."

The thing is...we are no longer united as a people. After eight years of lies and battering by the republicans and their media, including Trump, many people aren't going to make nice with their abusers. The damage is done. This hate and division was inseminated by the republicans and was birthed on Jan. 20. Republicans should just pat themselves on the back....mission accomplished.

treefarmer

Also, re your comment about “settling down,” Jim, some of us sincerely believe that the person in our White House is a very real threat to our sovereignty. That is not hyperbole, nor is it hate. Every day brings new evidence of a demagogue on an authoritarian mission. Imposing a gag order on our tax-funded Federal agencies appears to be a blatantly hostile attempt to subvert government and silence anyone who would be able to let us know what is going on. If ever America NEEDED to know what is happening behind the scenes, it is now. De-legitimize the press and gag our government agencies? “Wait and see” is too dangerous an option. I realize that many of my fellow citizens honestly believe that Trump is a savior and are willing to overlook or defend his reckless behavior as “quirky.” As a retired mental health professional, I identify those “quirks” as textbook evidence of alarming instability. I do not label his outrageous rhetoric as lies, it is far worse than that. A lie has intent; a liar knows what he is doing. Instead, this man actually BELIEVES that black is white if HE SAYS SO. He punishes anyone who dares to disagree. He demands that investigations be launched (at our expense) to validate his delusions about the popular vote. As his spokeswoman Conway pointed out just last Sunday, the new regime does not agree with, or even acknowledge documented facts. They have their own “alternative facts.” Someone with a severe narcissistic personality disorder is in power and we are about to learn the price of all the Russian assistance that put him there.

I certainly have NOT forgotten what this country stands for, and believe that resistance to tyranny has always been a patriotic duty. The best hope we have now is: UNITED WE STAND.

Jim

Mud stump and TreeFarmer I'm not here to argue. You have your opinions and I have mine. I'm not going to even try to analyze our President. It's really not in my field of expertise. You guys are on the left and a lot of folks are on the right and I'm in the middle with lots of America. Looks to me if a few people from the left moved to the middle and a few from the right moved to the middle we might become United.

treefarmer

Mudstump – you posted while I was typing, wanted to let you know that I hear you. Our Constitution, values, decency, national security, dignity, civility, global respect for America – THESE are among the elements that were severely threatened or that came to an end on January 20th, the blackest day in America’s history. Still, I have been reminded by more than one of my conservative friends that there are some Republican members of Congress who will not welcome the idea that their children and grandchildren will soon be living in a dictatorship. They have the power to do something about it. I continue to hold out hope for impeachment proceedings……ASAP! RED ALERT! Meanwhile, there is a united and growing resistance that may soon include those who bought into the “alternate facts” and are about to learn what that will actually cost them both financially, and in terms of their liberty. We shall welcome them with open grateful arms!! Keep the faith.

And Jim – you posted while I was typing too, (busy blog tonight!) please know that I am not here to argue either. I am deeply concerned and determined to do what I can to prevent the damage being done to America. I will continue to read and consider other points of view, and to state the reasons I am so profoundly concerned. I agree with your perspective on meeting in the middle. Our divisions created the horrific mess we are in now. “Divide and conquer” was a very effective tactic but it doesn’t have to work forever.

kona

Mudstump, "many people aren't going to make nice with their abusers".

Do you have a short memory??? I think you forgot how the Democrats and all of their followers treated Bush 43. So, you think it is fine to continue the Democratic "scorched Earth policy with President Trump? If you think we should move to the middle as a country, this is a chance for the Democrats to show a little maturity?

kona

treefarmer, on the positive side is that President Trump with the direction of Vice President Pence has pick outstanding people for his cabinet who will influence his decisions.

treefarmer

I am humbly grateful for the selection of General Mattis, who appears to be a voice of reason and experience, as well as a bi-partisan patriot. As for the rest of them, I vacillate between concerned and horrified. Sessions never met a civil right he was willing to protect. He will be instrumental in converting our democracy into a banana republic. Poor Ms. DeVoss was exposed during her hearings as a wealthy donor who knows absolutely nothing about public education. Price is proudly unethical and it won’t take him long to get rid of Medicare. Perry is appallingly unqualified. Pudzer runs his companies with no respect for his workers. Pruitt has many pending lawsuits filed against the EPA and is on record as intending to abolish it. All the financial posts will be stuffed with the very alligators “new leader” promised to drain from the swamp…………… I could go on but since you see something “positive” about this list, we can agree to disagree and leave it there?

Re Bush, I disagreed with him often, but he was MY President and I believe he cared about America. “When patriots disagree, that’s democracy, when the President says something is not a fact until HE approves it, that’s tyranny.” The new czar is destroying our country, shaming us daily, and will NEVER be my President.

Mudstump

When George W was elected I wasn't happy, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt and felt we should respect the office and see what he does. Then his administration blew it when their incompetence resulted in the largest terrorist attack on 9/11. That's when I felt I couldn't support him. I like him as a person, but I have no respect for his leadership of this country. Trump was unfit from the get go and with every passing tweet he digs a deeper hole for himself and the country. His ideals are wrong for this country and would be better suited to some banana republic elsewhere on the globe. Any leader that is pallin' around with a tyrant like Putin will never be my president.

Mudstump

treefarmer - Thank you for the validation. I imagine that someone in your profession might understand very well that after the election many of us in the country are experiencing the five stages of grief and loss. Currently, I'm at stage two - anger. I will say that I will never reach stage five :) I would like to suggest an amended version of the five stages of grief....I will call this the five stages of "political" grief: 1) Denial & Isolation; 2) Anger; 3) Bargaining; 4) Enlightenment and last, but certainly not least; 5) Fighting back!

treefarmer

Absolutely, Mudstump, this surely is a process of stages, all of them experienced from within the disorienting black hole of cognitive dissonance. How can this have happened? This can’t be happening! We were temporarily rendered numb and demoralized. I am not able to make it through the produce market without someone I barely know stopping me and NEEDING to vent their fear and frustration, and to validate their perceptions. The conversation invariably pivots to something hopeful though. (We are a resilient lot, us Americans.) There IS a way to correct this toxic disaster and we will find it together. (That “walk” last Saturday – right here in the heart of our beloved conservative Yamhill County - was a highly encouraging start.) During my most recent market “therapy session” my fellow terrified citizen reminded me that a large segment of the population stood blindly beside Nixon until the bitter end, but ultimately they came around when they could no longer deny how seriously he had betrayed their trust. And at the end of the day, Nixon’s Republican colleagues were Americans first and honored their oaths to preserve and defend the Constitution. As the resistance is fed by all the horrific dictatorial edicts being issued every day, as all citizens, left and right, witness the destabilization and chaos being set loose on the entire world, our resolve can only be strengthened, our numbers can only increase. We can continue to hope – BUT NOT WAIT - for a swift impeachment. Meanwhile, please know that your posts are an effective reminder to all of us that we are not alone. We will NEVER step back and tolerate the defilement of our democracy.

kona

Just keep following the Democratic Party "scorched Earth policy" and you are going to have a very miserable four or eight years. I wish you well, just keep it legal.

treefarmer

Well thanks for the good wishes, Kona. Back atcha. So interesting to read your constant declarations about Dems and “scorched earth.” In light of the extreme chaos being created globally by the new “leader,” it is beyond ironic that some of you attribute the problem to those of us observing and taking strong exception instead of to the one who is actually causing it. Denial does not alter this reality.

Allow me to correct the record re the political identity of those who are horrified by the new power-drunk regime. I have no way to know how many Republican friends have discussed their feelings on this topic with you, but at least two of my ultra-conservative Republican associates are every bit as unnerved, and as motivated as I am to reverse this catastrophe. It is far beyond a party issue now. It is an American issue. Can we afford to wait until the reckless muscle-flexing policies begin to disrupt and destroy the VA, or Medicare, or worse, when one of our enemies (Putin is certainly licking his fangs) decides to take full advantage of an administration that is so totally incompetent it fires everyone and then can’t be bothered to re-staff the State Department? Our national security is an AMERICAN issue, wouldn’t you agree?

And you are so right, the mere possibility of FOUR YEARS that looks like the last nine days is indeed a miserable and horrific thought. But as you can tell from many of our postings, some of us have chosen hope and action over misery.

Mudstump

I find the reorganization of the National Security Council to be extremely alarming. Trump has made Steve Bannon a member and is now excluding the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the meetings. They will only attend meetings that pertain to their responsibilities and expertise. Bannon, a white nationalist is taking charge of this new administration. From what I have read of Bannon's writings, this man is very dangerous and should be sent far away from the levers of power that run this country and influence much of the world. Take a look at Bannon's writings for yourself. We are in for some very turbulent times in America.

kona

How many of the liberals/progressives/Democrats on this forum supporting the Democratic "scorched Earth policy" blocking traffic at PDX? And why?

If I were going to the airport and trying to catch a flight it would take a lot of restraint to keep from running over some of these "protesters". No wonder President Trump won the election.

Where were these people protesting when President Obama had a six month ban on all people coming from Iraq. Maybe because the Democratic Party hadn't yet lost the election and put the "scorched Earth policy" in effect.

treefarmer

No wonder the czar won the electoral college? No wonder indeed. A minority of Americans who were angry and hurting either believed his vulgar incoherent spew, or their vote was a clear statement of how much they hated Ms. Clinton.

How awful for you to even have to contemplate being inconvenienced by your fellow citizens protesting injustice and un-American treatment of women and children and foreign interpreters who risked their lives to help our Military personnel. What an insufferable nuisance!

If you really need something to be righteously outraged about, read Mudstump’s post just above yours. The Russian influence is cementing its place in the deepest seats of power in our government. Each new royal proclamation strengthens the foreign influence our Founders warned us about. If y’all thought you were angry and hurting before, just wait until Putin is directing your traffic. (And it looks like we won’t have long to wait.) We can revisit your obsession with scorched earth at that time, assuming our News~Register, and all other media is not state-controlled by then.

kona

treefarmer, your hysteria/paranoia is interesting.

You said, "If y’all thought you were angry and hurting before ....". Whom are you talking about? I certainly wasn't "angry and hurting".

A person didn't have to "hate" Hillary Clinton to vote against her. You are getting pretty dramatic. I don't like President Trump's personality nor his actions but he was the 2nd worst candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton was the worst candidate on the ballot even though she and her organization spent three times as much as President Trump. That is why President Trump won the election. That simple.

Finch

Such drama! I grocery shop every week and have never had anyone randomly talk politics with me or anyone I have been around.

treefarmer

Actually I am aiming for expressions of alarm and urgency, I regret the perception of “drama.” Re the market, Finch, I guess I didn’t express that clearly. I wasn’t describing conversations with total strangers. I was referring to encounters with folks I knew previously but only in passing. Given current circumstances, I am no longer surprised when a casual chance meeting begins with “How’s it going?” and quickly morphs into expressions of sincere fact-based distress, and the need to believe there is some way out of this rabbit hole.

Today several hundred bi-partisan State Department officers signed a document addressing their concerns about recent “executive actions.” They speak from a wealth of knowledge and experience. These patriots serve our country from posts all over the world, they know what is going on out there. They advise that the new mandate will not strengthen national security, instead it makes us even more vulnerable to attacks. It needlessly alienates allies we depend on, and plays right into terrorist propaganda. The incompetent and disastrously-implemented actions were undertaken either AGAINST or WITHOUT the counsel of many of Trump’s own advisers. (A king can rule like this, but a US President?) In order to repudiate and silence any (all?) informed concerns, spokesman Spicer today announced that if those bi-partisan professionals wouldn’t agree and fall in line, they should just get out. (read: “We will continue to make and enforce policy based on our own “alternative facts.”) As I have been typing this, I noticed that the acting AG has just been axed for resisting that which she believed was unconstitutional…….aka doing her job. Democracy is disappearing before our very eyes. I respectfully encourage all Americans to take a more critical dive into the realities of what is being done every day, TO us - and in our name.


kona

Where were all of these honorable "State Department" people when Hillary Clinton was using her own server for years carelessly bypassing regulations with classified material and then lying about it ("I only used one phone because I didn't want to carry multiple devices").

I will agree that this executive order was not handled appropriately although I think the intentions were honorable.

treefarmer

Oh Kona, purveyor of all things scorched earth. Are you up for a homework assignment? You might be interested to read the official FBI report on the e-mail mess. Check out page 8. Poor old Mrs. Clinton did indeed make use of 13 devices, that is a fact. But that in-depth report makes it clear that she only used ONE DEVICE at a time. (It seems she was not terribly tech-savvy and kept requiring her aides to replace a new Blackberry with an older version.) Use of ONE device was what she testified to, and use of ONE device at a time was what exactly what the investigation revealed. Those pesky inconvenient facts!

Like you, I couldn’t find any reports indicating the State Department complained about Clinton’s e-mail debacle, but then neither does it appear that the people she worked with even knew about it at the time. I AM aware that some of those same honorable State Department folks issued an official scathing rebuke of President Obama for his blunders in Syria. Doesn’t look like a game of political bias to me, I think they are genuinely concerned for the safety of our country and we ignore them at our peril.

We certainly have a difference of opinion/perception with regard to the recent royal decree. As already stated, from here it looks more like an ego-driven reality show scripted with reckless disregard for national security and American values than anything REMOTELY honorable. (Kinda reminds me of that old fable about the blind men examining the elephant - a matter of perspective?)

kona

treefarmer, you said, "It seems she was not terribly tech-savvy and kept requiring her aides to replace a new Blackberry with an older version".

I have read the 47 pages of the document. Hillary Clinton was extremely "sloppy" with sensitive information. Whether it was one device (or two as referred on page 8) or a hundred, her carelessness fit into so many of her past scenarios that created her status as the worst candidate on the ballot. I can't remember, have you ever had any criticism of a Democratic politician?

kona

treefarmer, I appreciate the discussion. I learn from each of these.

Mudstump

I see that Newsweek is reporting that Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon are using the private email server of the Republican National Committee. Should we start chanting "Lock Them Up?"

Mudstump

Following the ever growing email scandal we should include Congressman Jason Chaffetz who has been storing and sending classified information on a personal email account. Interesting that this is the guy who has been conducting the witch hunt against Hillary Clinton. It seems he is just another political hack. Lock Him Up!

treefarmer

The hypocrisy is absolutely breathtaking, but we are well-advised not to hold our breath awaiting consequences.

treefarmer

Kona - "appreciate the discussion" - me too. I am very grateful that the N/R provides us with this forum. And to answer your question, I have MANY complaints with politicians on BOTH sides. We depend on them, we PAY them to represent our best interests. I do not feel less screwed over because there is a "D" or an "R" beside the name of the perpetrator.

kona

mudstump said, "I see that Newsweek is reporting that Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon are using the private email server of the Republican National Committee."

So what is the problem?

kona

"Following the ever growing email scandal we should include Congressman Jason Chaffetz who has been storing and sending classified information on a personal email account."

Do you have a link, or is this accurate? I have heard nothing about it.

Seabiscuit

Kona,
Once again we see someone trying to mislead people and to lead one and all down the "path" by cherry picking that which they talk about and not including pertinent facts.

“In this case, the officials previously employed by the Trump campaign never had functional email accounts with the RNC. The RNC has various distribution lists to communicate with state parties or campaigns, and as a byproduct these contact groups are assigned RNCHQ.org addresses that only forward to external accounts at their respective organizations.” (Newsweek, 01/25/17) The accounts were not used for government business and have been deleted.

As to Congressman Jason Chaffetz you will probably have to go to some radical site like Democratic underground to find that they reported him to the FBI because he had a gmail address on his business card.....

kona

I hope everyone takes the time to watch this one-minute speech from President Clinton.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4351026/clinton-1995-immigration-sotu

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