There will come a time, hopefully before long, when it won’t be legal to discriminate against gay people any more than it would be to deny goods or services to African-Americans, women or the disabled. But we’re not at that point yet. Hence the need for Tuesday’s food fight at the Supreme Court.
We know that President Trump and his campaign either colluded with the Russian effort to undermine U.S. democracy or tried mightily to do so. We know that Trump has apparently obstructed justice to try to halt investigation into what happened. What we don’t know is whether Congress, in the end, will do its sworn duty to protect the Constitution.
It felt like a gut punch — the kind that bends you over in shock and agony. A Georgia-Pacific representative called to tell me company officials decided to permanently shut down a major portion of the Camas paper and pulp mill, ending some 300 family-wage jobs. G-P will continue tissue-manufacturing operations that support 140 local jobs, but will redirect paper operations to its Louisiana mill.
It was another week crammed with President Donald Trump duking it out on Twitter. Last week he sparred with Democratic congressional leaders, two national news organizations and even mixed it up with British Prime Minister Theresa May to a point that put a chill on the U.S.’ vaunted “special relationship” with the U.K.
‘The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.’ ”
For weeks, behind-the-scenes scandals have dominated the headlines in Washington: the increasing evidence of Russian efforts to infiltrate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the uncomfortable disclosures of how prominent men mistreated vulnerable women. In neither is the full extent yet known.
As our region contemplates the announced closure of the Camas papermaking operations and the loss of up to 300 family-wage jobs, laid-off workers may ask if more could have been done to save their jobs.
Goodbye liberty, goodbye democracy, goodbye limited government and hello administrative state. Here is a mishmash of countless federal agencies dictating how we live with little if any reference to rights and constitutional safeguards, and that brings us to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
American criminal law is based on the cherished notion of habeas corpus, Latin for “you shall have the body.” President Trump’s hostile takeover of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, by contrast, relies on the rather less cherished legal principle of habeas cuppedia, Latin for “you shall have the pastries.”
American democracy’s comic opera frequently features collaborations of “bootleggers and Baptists.” These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand that they could profitably supply. On Monday, the Supreme Court will listen to arguments concerning another prohibition.
‘I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed,” Jonathan Swift observed. That was three centuries ago, so our current, degraded condition has deep historical roots. Yet it feels, more and more, that we are experiencing the end of shame.