Saturday, December 7, 2013
Conservative principles do not contain a disposition of reform or radicalism. It is curious that the Tea Party does much hand waving and backslapping around the founding of this country and the people’s revolution. They demonize liberals with anti-patriotic slogans and memorized putdowns.
As we were taught in school, American Patriotism was invented to rally the colonies after a disastrous first year of battle with the British in 1776. On Dec. 23, 1776, a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine was read to George Washington’s troops before the first victory at Trenton — depicted forever, with “Washington Crossing the Delaware” (1851, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze) in the bow of a boat on Dec. 25.
Paine’s words: “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
Going on he writes: “Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.”
Most Tories — Loyalists — sided with the British as their self-interest was with the British establishment. They fought to stop major political reform and the radicals in their towns and cities. They published scathing articles and helped sabotaged any and all efforts to create a new colonial government and financial system. They demonized anyone and everything involved in the Revolution. They feared the changes.
The American Revolution story has been hijacked by the Tea Party Conservatives, turned around, and plays on common ignorance of America History. In time the Tea Party followers will be defeated by their self-interested fear and will be exposed for what they are: sunshine patriots.
Laws protect insured
In response to “Positive side of affordable care” (Our readers write, Dec. 4) I just want to straighten a few things out, starting with implying that a person can be dropped if they use their healthcare or if they simply get sick. This is not true.
Since 1997 federal regulations have prohibited insurance companies from raising a person’s rates if he develops an illness, And no matter how sick a person gets, an insurer can’t drop them or refuse to renew their policy — provided that they didn’t lie on their application or move out of the state where their policy was issued.
And as for the insurance policies that were dropped: Just so that we are clear, you need to know that many insurance companies being dropped directly because of the new laws mandating that everybody pay for things they do not want or need, is no different than me buying a car and having the government tell the car dealer that I cannot buy the car unless I buy a car cover and some wax, a wash bucket a towel, etc. etc.
And while this is going on we have a large group of people blaming the car dealer?
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge