November 12, 2019

Democrat Asks to Campaign Inside Clark County Republican Party – Updated

by lewwaters

Peter Khalil facebook image

I don’t know whether to classify this one as a massive pair or of left leaning, Bernie Sanders supported candidate, Peter Khalil, hoping to replace incumbent 3rd Congressional District Republican, Jaime Herrera Beutler seeing the years of ongoing in-fighting and discord in the CCGOP as a possible inroad to gaining Republican votes.

Yes, I was somewhat surprised to see Khalil post an open letter on facebook to both the Clark County Republican Party and chair Earl Bowerman requesting he be allowed to speak before the next meeting and to “introduce himself as a candidate for Congress from the 3rd District of Washington.”

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November 10, 2019

Veterans Day Parade 2019

by lewwaters

Full video of the parade held on November 9, 2019 at Vancouver Barracks. Turnout was surprisingly good, considering the rainy weather

Facebook album of images from the parade

November 8, 2019

Veterans Day 2019 Tribute

by lewwaters

From the Third Grade at Tussing Elementary School; “I’d Be the Hero”

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October 17, 2019

Jaime Herrera Beutler “House’s impeachment inquiry is indeed secret”

by lewwaters

What kind of “inquiry” holds so many secret proceedings and denies our other elected officials access to any of the testimony?

I’m not a big fan of Trump, but these secretive actions by Democrats must not be allowed to stand.

September 8, 2019

Updated: Does Sacrifices of Our Troops Mean Anything?

by lewwaters

We all hear and say it, “thank you for your service” to Veterans and active duty Military. I’m sure most actually mean it when said, but do people actually understand what sacrifices our Troops have made over the years?

If so, why are those sacrifices so easily cast aside as if they hold no meaning?

What do I mean?

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August 30, 2019

Come out of her, so that you will not share in her sins

by lewwaters

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;” Revelation 18:4

I’m not one to push religion on others, believing we each are free to choose or reject religious views as we please. But, given the recent actions seen within the Clark County Republican Party in Washington State, a non-Biblical application of the quoted scripture quickly came to mind.

That being, True Republicans should abandon the local party before they are drawn into the dictatorial radical actions being displayed by those now in control the party. The Republican Party, the Reagan “Big Tent” party of yesterday that drew so many admirers is dead to these radicals whose ethics are as situational as any I have ever seen.

The ends justify the means!

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August 25, 2019

CCGOP in Melt-Down – Updated

by lewwaters

The alt-right faction continues to destroy what’s left of the CCGOP.

The gist of the current melt-down appears to me to be a case of the current alt-right group that tried desperately to undermine and oust the previous leadership are themselves now being targeted for being undermined and ousted.

The Clark County Republican Party ought to drop the “Republican” from their name and insert Hatfields and McCoys.

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August 18, 2019

Where is a Counter to the Lazy C?

by lewwaters

It is no secret that the overall majority of today’s media is solidly controlled and supportive of the left side of the political spectrum. Some, like our own daily “newspaper of record,” the Columbian make no effort to even hide it.

Tagged by this blog long ago as the “Lazy C” for their lack of objectivity and no interest in seeking out scandalous information on Democrat officials, they have long amounted to little more than a daily mouthpiece for the Democrat party, only promoting the positions of the Democrats daily in editorials, articles and syndicated columns, with rare lone exceptions.

John Laird, Lou Brancaccio, Greg Jayne, Stephanie Rice and so many others over the years blatantly put forth politically biased accounts lacking any objective intent and knowing they were essentially “the only game in town,” the much smaller Reflector primarily focusing on North County news and the larger Oregonian to the South also biased to the left.

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June 12, 2019

Do We Really Need Separate Veteran’s Days?

by lewwaters

Does every group that has served in the Military get to have an official Veterans Day dedicated solely to them now, as some Women Veterans now seem to want?

Oregon joins 3 other states marking June 12 as ‘Women Veterans Day’

Does this mean they will no longer be part of the November 11 recognition that they have been? Or do they receive special treatment and recognition with multiple days of honor others aren’t entitled to?

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May 27, 2019

Just a Thought

by lewwaters

Question

How does one proclaim being “Pro-Liberty” while simultaneously engaging in efforts to silence, or calling for “containing” any that disagree or criticize?

March 27, 2019

Vietnam Plus Fifty

by lewwaters

Recently I acknowledged on facebook of the date, February 6, 1969, the 50th anniversary of my entering the U.S. Army. Looking back it’s hard to believe that was actually 50 years ago, just a few months after my 20th birthday.

As I have said to others many times over the years, I enlisted after earlier receiving my draft notice, hoping to receive training in the “job of my choice” instead of automatically being placed into the infantry and shipped off to Vietnam, as my career Army cousin had told me would most likely have happened if drafted.

As luck would have it, on July 13, 1969 I landed at Bien Hoa Airbase in South Vietnam after completing training in my “job of choice” in helicopters from Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

Like most men that I served with, I believed in what we were sent over there to do and did not approve of the actions of the few that seemed to draw the headlines back in the U.S. claiming day to day atrocities and mayhem.

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January 18, 2019

Will Trump & Pelosi Destroy What’s Left of the U.S.?

by lewwaters

In the early 1970’s, Scottish rock band, Stealers Wheel released a song, Stuck in the Middle containing the lyrics, “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle with you.”

Who would have ever guessed that those lyrics would today provide the perfect representation of the current state of affairs in the United States of America?

Yes, this ongoing political feud over securing our Southern Border between President Trump and recently reinstalled Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has brought about the longest government shutdown in our history with no end in sight and the left-leaning media fawning all over Pelosi, condemning Trump and crying the blues over how tough it is for furloughed Government Union workers.

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January 10, 2019

Julie Olson was the Right Choice

by lewwaters

Julie Olson

What’s the measure of an effective elected official? My guess the answer will always depend on who is asked the question. But to me, an effective elected official is one that is responsive to citizens and our concerns whether large issues of relatively small ones.

In a December 17, 2018 Letter to the Editor in the Reflector, a certain mouthy alt-right writer declared, concerning the 2018 elections, “Our only hero is Eileen Quiring, who our citizens recently voted into office as our new chair” and “If the voters in District 2 had done their homework and voted for Elisabeth Veneman, Clark County citizens would have had two heroes…”

I have to admit I have never spoken with Veneman, but reading some of her comments and those of her alt-right supporters, I am left with the impression her responsiveness would lie towards those who agree with her political views more so than with actual citizen needs in the county.

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November 11, 2018

Veterans Day Parade

by lewwaters

A few excerpts of the Veterans Day Parade in Vancouver, Washington at the historic Vancouver Barracks

To all of my fellow Veterans, Welcome Home, thank you for stepping up when needed.

October 29, 2018

A Divided America

by lewwaters

As readers might have noticed, I have been posting on how divided we in America are. I have done so because our divisions are not improving, but seemingly getting worse, much worse. And we don’t have to be so divided.

I have no desire to see the country slide once again into a civil war and pray we never get to that point.

To that end, I was honored to be included in a project led by the Wall Street Journal as they crisscrossed the country speaking with citizens from across the political spectrum on the division and how each of us are dealing with it.

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October 25, 2018

Will it Matter What Party a Tyrant is in?

by lewwaters

Tyrant, a word that has been thrown around quite a bit over the years with too few understanding the exact meaning of it. Yes, all understand the dictionary meaning to be a cruel and oppressive ruler, but too often it is attached solely on the basis of disagreeing values and views.

Contrary to the claims of some, neither President Trump nor former President Obama were “tyrants,” in spite of far different views and governance style.

Understand too, we are embroiled in the midst of a somewhat cold civil war. Not shooting and imprisoning each other just yet, but an escalating war of ideals led by factions of fringe far left and far right, both of whom desire one party rule under their personal views.

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October 21, 2018

Yes, Truth and Integrity Matter

by lewwaters

Since she first announced vying for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District seat occupied currently by Herrera Beutler, the Lazy C and even the local Democrat party largely ignored other Democrats running, Democrats that actually have deep, established roots in Southwest Washington in favor of Long, who somehow seems to have had a swift and sudden revelation that she should abandon her husband and daughter to quickly move from Salem, Oregon to Clark County Washington just in the nick of time to qualify for residency status to run.

Just what this swift and sudden revelation was is never really said, other than Trump won in 2016. The only connection we are told she has to Southwest Washington is 22 years employment teaching at the Clark County campus of WSU, but until July 2017 scurrying back home every evening and weekend to Salem, Oregon.

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October 7, 2018

Okay, Who Left the Safe Spaces Doors Open?

by lewwaters

After weeks of contentious bickering, last minutes sexual allegations no one could corroborate and much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed to be our latest Associate Justice to the Supreme Court by a narrow 50 to 48 vote, largely along party lines.

I have to state that in all of my 70 years, this was the most pathetic display of underhanded, unnecessary and outrageous conduct on the part of Democrats I can recall.

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October 4, 2018

Will Our Deep Divide Doom America?

by lewwaters

It seems everywhere we look today we see signs of the deep division we have allowed to foster in our country. It’s near inescapable as time and again we see counter protesters step in to prevent rallies by people with views different than theirs.

They claim to be “anti-Fascists” but rely on the tenets of fascism to break up rallies supporting free speech.

Although in Canada, recently a woman suffered a roundhouse kick on a public street simply for not agreeing with a person’s point of view.

For the past few weeks we have witnessed what can only be described as a circus over the nomination of D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court being vacated by retiring Justice Kennedy, several Kavanaugh protesters being arrested for their egregious activities aimed at elected officials offices as Georgia Senator David Perdue urges Republicans to “fight back against paid protesters.”

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October 3, 2018

LTE: Support Jaime Herrera Beutler

by lewwaters

Note: Contributed opinions may or may not reflect those of the blog author

Carolyn Long under the campaign slogan “People before Politics” seems determined to present herself as a candidate who promises to work together with the people she seeks to represent in southwest Washington in dealing with the challenges we face concerning tolling, fishing, forests and energy. When it comes to the specifics, however, one is hard pressed to get a clear answer on how she intends to tackle these pressing issues.

Unlike her opponent, Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has opposed the Oregon Toll Bridge initiative since its inception, Long is either unwilling or unable to address what should be done in response to Washington commuters upset by the prospect of needing to pay Oregon for the privilege of living in Washington. Could the detached academic be confident she can ignore the problem and maybe it will go away? Most Washingtonians are not so naively optimistic.

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