Michael McBride

For those of you who haven’t had an opportunity to live in Oregon, you are about to get the “virtual” experience.

Oregon is indeed a picturesque state with wondrous mountain views, glorious Pacific beaches, and beautiful high desert plains. It is inviting in dozens of ways, which is why its population continues to grow. And while in geographical measures, the conservatives cover more ground in the state, the population is overwhelming liberal. And, not unlike other population centers, it has become a Mecca for liberals on Hajj, granola eating Birkenstockers looking for lost brethren, and pandering foil wearing politicos looking for tenure in their careers as professional solons.

With Oregon as the pitre dish, Portland becomes the colony of study. It is the unabashed epicenter of the liberal vortex in the Pacific Northwest, and it fuels itself everyday with massive doses of mineral water, organic tofu, and designer coffees in its effort to wrest the title of liberal Shangri-la away from Berkley, California. It may soon happen.

I don’t doubt the sincerity of liberal thought for a second. I often get into lively debates with pseudo-liberal savants at parties, and there is no doubting the passion of their compassion. Compassion is what drives liberal thought. Unfortunately it drives logic out past the nadir of practicality, and this is typically drives liberal politicians to positions that, while compassionate, don’t work well with the stark realities of everyday mathematics. Sometimes, most times, liberal wishfulness, good intentions, and Birkram yoga, don’t meld into practical solutions. Indeed, as President Johnson and his “Great Society” have discovered, sometimes they fail miserably in the doggedly pragmatic, real world.

Portland is no exception. And I am not the only one standing by to point this out.

Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, a company headquartered in the greater Portland area has noticed as well. In an on-point opinion piece, I am frankly surprised that the Oregonian printed, he points out all of the deficiencies of ineptly supported compassionate governmental programs. All visible without a microscope.

He laments about our education system…

Michael McBride

Michael E. McBride retired as a Major from the Marine Corps and blogs at http://www.mysandmen.blogspot.com.

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