Carl addresses an education rally outside the capitol in Salem, February 20, 2012.  Photo by The Oregonian

Carl addresses an education rally outside the capitol in Salem, February 20, 2012. 
Photo by The Oregonian

I am proud to be an Oregon Democrat!

The Democratic Party of Oregon, along with its allies, has fashioned a bright future for our state.

Our achievements – and values – include unwavering protection of our environment; solid progress toward a renewable energy future; a bold managed plan for Medicaid expansion under the Oregon Health Plan; free community college for eligible students; renewed funding for vocational education; a welcoming landscape for business; good-paying union jobs; first-in-the-nation automatic voter registration; easy and secure vote-by-mail; legalization and common sense regulation of marijuana; the landmark Death With Dignity Act; marriage equality before it was a federal right; unparalleled commitment to freedom of expression; and statutes barring discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The vast majority of Oregon citizens will continue to resist the vast majority of Donald Trump’s policies.

The president’s reversal of our march toward universal healthcare, dismantling of key environmental protections, withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords, reckless bellicosity, embrace of white nationalism, discrimination against LGBT Americans (all of our troops – including transgender members of the military – deserve our respect), religious discrimination against Muslims, worship of greed, deprecation of the poor, moves toward greater income inequality, and willful ignorance of history and the Constitution has deeply damaged our nation and embarrassed the United States in the eyes of the civilized world. 

The election of such a petty, hateful and uninformed man to the highest office in the land is, and will remain, one of the great stains on our history. Donald Trump is the quintessential American Demagogue.

I am heartened that disgust and outrage among citizens of good faith and sound mind is being channeled into refreshing political activism. And that the vast majority of journalists, educators, scientists and business leaders have rallied to push back against Trump’s invective and extremism.

I am particularly pleased that comedians – Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher – are leading the charge!

On air, I was always thrilled to engage in vigorous debate with principled conservatives (many of whom continue to speak out against Trump). But the Republican Party’s decades-long lurch to the far right – brilliantly chronicled in E. J. Dionne’s latest book, Why the Right Went Wrong – has cheapened our national discourse and endangered the core principles that bind us as one people.

This descent into the darker angels of our nature must not be allowed to stand. But the arc of history will not bend toward economic and social justice unless we make it.

Please join me in speaking out – and working toward the kind of national future that we are building here in Oregon.

 
With Governor Kate Brown at Oregon League of Conservation Voters dinner

With Governor Kate Brown at Oregon League of Conservation Voters dinner

With husband Gary Thill and Senator Jeff Merkley

With husband Gary Thill and Senator Jeff Merkley

With my state senator Lew Frederick

With my state senator Lew Frederick

Two proud Hillary supporters in 2016!

Two proud Hillary supporters in 2016!

 

50 organizations and causes that deserve your support!

All of these groups had their voices amplified on Carl’s radio show

ACLU of Oregon
Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland
Audubon Society of Portland
Basic Rights Oregon
Black Lives Matter
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
The Bus Project
Cat Adoption Team
Causa Oregon
Ceasefire Oregon
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Columbia Riverkeeper
Crag Law Center
Democratic Party of Oregon
Food & Water Watch
Forest Park Conservancy
Friends of the Library
Gifford Pinchot Task Force
Health Care for All Oregon
Human Rights Campaign
Jobs With Justice
J Street
Literary Arts

Main Street Alliance
Media Matters for America
Move to Amend
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
Natural Resources Defense Council
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon AFSCME
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Humane Society
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Oregon Wild
Oregon Working Families Party
People for the American Way
PFLAG Portland
Planned Parenthood
Post Carbon Institute
Q Center
Restore Oregon
Right Wing Watch
SEIU Local 503
SOLVE
Southern Poverty Law Center
Street Roots
350.org