National Politics Archives

U.S. Secret Service Agency

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Before pointing too many fingers at our beleaguered Secret Service agency and its recent foibles, we should consider its success so far in its bottom line responsibility: to keep President Obama and family alive and injury-free.

Interviewed during Obama’s 2012 visit to Portland, Oregon, the Secret Service reported that “Obama faces more death threats than any other president. More than 30 a day.” (Portland Oregonian, 7/28/12).  This is consistent with the big spike in US hate groups, spread quite evenly over all states except Hawaii, that the Southern Poverty Law Center documented following President Obama’s 2008 election.

Obama and his family have exhibited admirable magnanimity in the face of such huge constant danger.  Nevertheless, the stress level and demands on current Secret Service personnel to do its job under these conditions with this president, a difficult 24/7 job with any president, are considerably elevated compared with previous presidents. This should be weighed against its mistakes in evaluating the Secret Service agency’s performance.

More importantly, these factors, along with recent analyses of tragedies in such cities as Charleston, Baltimore and Ferguson, some applicable more country-wide, clearly indicate we still have a ways to go in solving our country’s race problem.


Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

(Lettter-to-the-Editor) The Republican party seems to think that because they are in charge of Congress that they have a mandate from “the people” to pursue their conservative agenda during President Obama’s final two years. Sorry Charlie. Even if they can get past the high hurdle of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, they are nowhere near the number of votes required to overturn a Presidential veto. And it should have been clear to anyone watching the State of the Union address that President Obama is no lame duck. Hey, Party of “no,” meet the President of “not on my watch.”

The Washington State Republican Party is no better off. Many of the WSRP positions (trickle-down voodoo economics of tax cuts for the rich and no minimum wage adjustments, no new taxes, “greed-is-good” deregulation, “climate change has yet to be proven,” opposition to Obamacare, anti-gay marriage, etc.) are unpopular with the majority of Washingtonians and across America. Yet, according to the WSRP web site, Chairman Susan Hutchison expects to build upon the Republican victories of 2014 over the next two years to elect a Republican governor and president.

Oddly enough, the WSRP supports keeping the Electoral College. Perhaps they should study the numbers. There is no Republican candidate that can win the White House in 2016. The Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes without even trying and it only takes 270 to win. The Republican base of aging, white, rural voters has been in decline for 20 years nationwide and in Washington State.

The President’s approval rating has returned to the 50 yard line, meaning in the last quarter of his presidency, the Republicans are going to be playing defense again. Not a good position to be in for the 2016 election. Why? Because that is when far more liberal voters will be paying attention. The Party of “no” will be remembered as the party that got nothing done even after gaining nominal control of both houses of Congress.

Basking in the glow of a short-term victory is not a viable long-term strategy. Washington State needs a transportation plan now. Last term, the Democratic-led House passed its version but the Republican-led Senate could not garner enough support for a plan.

The clock is running out on state Republicans. They have less than two years to participate in shaping the next era of our economic future or they will lose to opportunity to participate politically after 2016.

Mike Wright
Yelm, WA

Obama’s Assassination Program is a new blog in Eastern Washington, and it will not shy away from controversy.  One of its first posts is on the Obama assassination program that was recently discussed in an article in the New York Times.

Anything goes now?  The NYTimes assassination story is so chilling because he appears to think that it will enhance his re-election!  Could Bush/Cheney have gotten away with this?  I am sickened by this. 
“The article is not an expose’. It appears to have been commissioned by the administration itself as part of his re-election campaign’s attempt to run Obama as the unflinching commander-in-chief in the “war on terror,” touting the supposed success of his assassination program and outflanking the Republicans from the right.  –source.