“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Colin Kaepernick, as he refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem before NFL football games. Mr. Kaepernick’s actions have led to widespread protests during the national anthem by other NFL players, which have elicited a strong response against the protest by many Americans. Here are a few thoughts to consider.
Oregonians need to have highly competent, knowledgeable and professional staff to best serve the interests of the State. This staff should not be created from spouses, children and relatives. It is ILLEGAL for federal legislators to hire their family members.
Oregon K-12 school test scores are headed in the wrong direction. In the 1990’s, Massachusetts also had a poorly performing K-12 education system that was failing too many of their students and their families.
In 1859, Oregon became America’s 33rd state. The authors of Oregon’s Constitution wisely term limited Oregon’s Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. These founding citizens realized that politicians consolidate power when elected to political office. With increasing time in office, political power only increases. Special interests, including the very wealthy, big business, and powerful labor, ask for favors in exchange for political support. These favors generally enhance the control and the ease of living for these special interests and their members, to the detriment of ordinary everyday Oregonians. The political class controls the machinery of government, and incumbent office holders are shielded from accountability by the bureaucracy. Many political office holders seek to control the press, to control information available to the public.