By Jason Williams
Thursday, December 29. 2005
The year began and ended with political incivility in Oregon by liberals.
The political year started with President Bush’s inaugural speech where shouting protesters in the audience did everything possible to stop his speech. The protesters were from Eugene and were able to get great, up-close seat tickets from our Congressman Peter DeFazio. Gee, thanks Pete, for staining an important democratic event with your sour grapes just because your guy did not win the last presidential election.
The shameful treatment of President Bush is the latest and hottest trend of political incivility erupting from the liberal left. A month after the Bush inauguration we had a protester disruption occurrence at the Howard Dean/Richard Perle debate at Pacific University. The event made national news when an irate screaming protester rushed the stage at Richard Perle, throwing his shoe at him. (The Perle protest was just one of many in 2005 across the country; Bill Kristol was hit with a pie at Earlham College, David Horowitz also hit with a pie at Butler University, Patrick Buchanan was splashed with salad dressing at Western Michigan University, and Ann Coulter was harassed by screaming protesters at Kansas University)
Many are surprised to find that the penalty for assaulting a speaker and for disrupting an event can be as small as a $50 fine. It is a great deal for a liberal dissenter, who sees a $50 fine as a great way to ruin an event that took $10,000 to produce.
Portland protesters who rioted during a presidential visit found away to make a profit from breaking the law. They were rewarded with a $300,000 settlement from the city this year. Even after receiving their quarter million dollar prize, they still had the audacity to present a 12-page list of additional demands including prohibiting police from using pepper spray and rubber bullets against future rioters. The list of demands would only make it easier to create conditions for disorder so the protesters can more easily shut down future political events they do not like.
Let’s be clear: These are not acts of civil disobedience, but rather, they are undeniable acts of uncivil political violence. The aim is to forcibly shut up speakers and to rip the freedom of speech from their very throats.
By the middle of the year we had the construction of a McDonalds restaurant in Sisters Oregon that drove the environmentalists and smart growthers insane. Few things in life spell utter evil for liberals like McDonalds, and that becomes infinitely magnified when you erect one where uppity liberals live. So it came as no surprise when the new restaurant was set afire (just like a Starbucks was sabotaged in Portland last year).
Finally, 2005 ended with the charging of seven people involved with eco-terrorism with multiple Oregon connections. They were charged with sabotaging of a meat company (animal rights extremism), torching a tree farm (environmental extremism), toppling a Bonneville dam transmission tower (hydro-power haters?), and arson to a SUV lot (hybrid car fanatics?). No matter how minor a political cause may be, it still rises to the point of justifying terrorist acts with liberals.
From beginning to end, 2005 can be remembered for its liberal political incivility, harassment and violence. Without a doubt, liberals seem to have a monopoly on such political incivility (maybe their ‘end-justifies-the-means’ behavior is a natural outgrowth of their vehement rejection of absolute values?). Oregonians need to oppose such tactics as inherently undemocratic and unacceptable.
By Dave Mowry
Wednesday, December 28. 2005
When it comes to Cultural Competency, Hasso Herring, editor of the Albany Democrat Herald, said in a May editorial, “Mao had his cultural revolution and Vietnam sent people to re-education camps. Some education leaders in Oregon can’t duplicate those efforts, but they are doing what they can.”
A few months ago Vicki Phillips, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, re-affirmed her commitment to Cultural Competency (CC). She hired a consultant to do a $15,000 CC assessment of Franklin High School in SE Portland. Next comes CC training that is sure to cost a bundle. I estimate that Portland Public Schools will spend $20,000 just on Franklin High before they are done.
It only makes sense. If you are committed to CC, as Ms. Phillips is, you have to have Culturally Competent teachers, staff, and schools. Multiply $20,000 by the number of schools in the Portland district and you get over a million dollars of precious school funds spent on the initial stage of CC.
Portland is not alone when it comes to CC. The Oregon Department of Education is soon to require all schools to be Culturally Competent. Multiply that $20,000 by all schools in the state and you have millions of dollars that won’t be spent on teaching kids in the classroom.
Once CC does get into the classroom it gets even scarier because the kids will be taught to be Culturally Competent. And what does that mean?
According to Oregon State Education Professor and author Jean Moule in her book, “Cultural Competency, A Primer for Educators” “It is not just a question of if one (Northern Europeans) holds racist attitudes and stereotypes or if one is involved with practices of institutional or cultural racism. We all are.” “Not only is one racist, but also privileged and an “unconscious oppressor” of people of color.”
The University of Oregon is set to roll out its CC plan in January with a CC conference, that I will attend. This plan has already drawn fire from faculty who wrote an open letter to UO President Dave Frohnmayer in May calling the plan “frightening and offensive” and saying that if implemented, the plan will do “immeasurable harm to the University”.
The faculty took issue with “the Orwellian insertion of the undefined political notion of Cultural Competency into every aspect of the administration, teaching and performance evaluation.”
UO Professor Alexander Kleshchev was quoted in the Oregon Daily Emerald, the UO newspaper, that he and other professors were thinking of leaving. “Kleshchev, a Russian immigrant, says the plan conjures up memories of his former homeland. ‘Look, I am personally not going to be interrogated about my thoughts and I am not going to go to reeducation camps either’, alluding to the plans requirement that faculty participate in a summer diversity seminar”. “I’ve had enough of that in my previous life in the Soviet Union, and I just will not have this again. I tried freedom now; I liked it, and I am not about to give it up.”
Just as Oregon gets rid of the failed experiment that is CIM and CAM, the education establishment brings us the cult of Cultural Competency. CIM and CAM was a waste of resources but it did not directly cause any damage. I can’t say the same for Cultural Competency.