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POLITICS: Hatfield aptly defined the problem

Letter by G. Owen Ray, Allyn on Aug. 30, 2011 at 11:38 am with 5 Comments »
August 30, 2011 1:03 pm

Former Oregon governor and five-term senator Mark Hatfield died recently. His congressional record as one of the most liberal Republicans to ever come down the pike (as Appropriations Committee chairman he opposed the Vietnam War and most defense spending requests) has few equals on today’s scene.

His political analysis of his congressional contemporaries is as meaningful now as it was when he served.

He said that most lawmakers were required to govern in “campaign mode,” and “Political solutions are found not on the left wing or the right wing, but in the center.”

Are you listening, Congress?

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  1. How does one know where the middle is, unless the right and left wings exist?

  2. Hatfield would have been called a RINO by his fellow Republicans.

  3. alindasue says:

    bugme said, “How does one know where the middle is, unless the right and left wings exist?”

    It’s the point where differences are not so vast as to make cooperating together an insurmountable task…

  4. ItalianSpring says:

    Hatfield was completely wrong. The only thing in the center is the lane divider. You’re either going the wrong way, or the right way. Period.

  5. gowenray says:

    That’s right ItalianSpring,, one-way thinking always gets its way. It’s certainly the political formula used by Hitler, and Stalin, and Castro, and PaPa Doc and……..well you know the rest of the list, don’t you?

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