“SAINT” MARK HATFIELD WALK ON WATER?
September 17, 2011
After Republican U.S. Senator Mark Odom Hatfield passed away at age 89 in early August, the tributes began appearing in the newspapers about the man who became at age 36 in 1958 the youngest person ever elected Oregon governor. He was first elected to the Oregon House in 1950 at age 28, the Oregon Senate at age 32 in 1954. He attributed his successful campaigns to his lucky little Silverton, Oregon church where he’d announced his first campaign and all subsequent campaigns.
In Part Two I noted that Hatfield’s 1995 vote against a proposed Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment was the one vote needed to reach the two-thirds majority for passage. I pondered that for quite some time. I fully expected some reader to tell me he was a hero, because his vote stopped a call for a Constitutional Convention that could get out of control, and the “Constitution for the Newstate of America” might be approved.
In Rexford G. Tugwell’s book The Emerging Constitution published in 1974 (Harper & Row $20.00) he illustrates with chilling clarity the final objective of regional governance conspirators. In Oregon, that objective began under Governor Martin in 1934, which we now recognize as a plethora of unconstitutional “administrative government agencies” headed by unelected officials with no accountability. Of course, there was also the possibility Hatfield simply wanted to send more unrestrained money to Oregon. We’ll never know his reasoning.
Kelleigh Nelson, a NWV contributor, sent me information on this important subject of the Constitutional amendment process.
Frank Hughes in the Nov. 17, 1947 Chicago Tribune warned about the world state’s super-secret constitution which follows socialist or Marxian principles throughout.
CONSTITUTION LIMITS SPENDING
The Constitution already LIMITS what the federal government is allowed to spend so if our elected officials won’t be true to their Oath of Office, what makes us think Congress wanting a Balanced Budget Amendment won’t just be another hoax? Nelson reminds us about HCR 11, the con-con resolution in the 80s which was finally rescinded despite last-minute pressure by Republican President Reagan and presidential hopeful Robert Dole. Along with many other women throughout the U.S., I remember lobbying Oregon legislators to the dangers of passage.
TWO ELIGIBLE BACHELORS MEET
The one common thread that kept surfacing in all the articles about the Senator was his Christian faith, his values and his youth when he was first elected to office. Gerry Frank wrote that a half century ago he had just moved to Salem to start a branch of the Meier & Frank department store when Hatfield, a Mid-valley native, was teaching at Willamette University and a state senator on the rise. But “it wasn’t business or politics that first drew them together,” said Frank, “it was a 1956 newspaper story that mentioned them among Oregon’s most eligible bachelors.” The newspaper wanted to get a picture of the two of them and it developed into a friendship and an alliance that took Hatfield to the governorship two years later, then to 30 years in the U.S. Senate where Frank, still unmarried, served as Hatfield’s Chief of Staff. Frank admitted Hatfield was a “middle of the roader” and that the Democrats thought as highly of him as Republicans. See Part Two how Hatfield and Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Va) known as “Pope of Pork,” brought home the bacon to their respective states.
SILVERTON, OREGON GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION
Silverton was also recognized in September 2002 when crews from ABC News Tonight in New York created a buzz in downtown Silverton when they sent a four-man national television news crew to this quaint little Norman Rockwell town to report on the penny parking meters the city was planning to discontinue. Several years before Silverton had its few minutes of fame when MGM brought in a crew of 200, including Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton, to film the movie “Bandits.” In May 2003 Silverton’s astronaut Don Pettit was returning to earth from space in an emergency Russian space capsule after he was stranded in space when an American space capsule blew up. Silverton also has “The Oregon Gardens,” a tourist attraction, and last but not least, the transgender mayor received national attention when he/she began walking around town showing off his/her cleavage and wearing short skirts.
The Salem Statesman also noted that Hatfield and his wife became engaged in 1957. Like the senator’s mother, his wife Antoinette was a teacher. She was chief counselor for women at Portland State College (now university). They married July 8, 1958. He took office as governor on January 12, 1959 and served until January 1967. He’d been elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1966. His best man at his wedding was president of Willamette University, a once Christian college in Salem, where he’d been hired in 1949 as a political science instructor.
SIMILARTIES IN OREGON’S GOVERNORS
As I was drafting this article I could see similarities between Governor Hatfield’s marriage about six months before he became Oregon’s youngest governor and 36 years later, “free spirit” Democrat John Kitzhaber, who wears jeans and cowboy boots, married his second wife, Sharon, on New Year’s Day in 1995 just days before he began his first term as Oregon governor. The marriage lasted exactly the eight years he was governor. A son was born to the couple in 1997. Kitzhaber, 64, now lives with his newest “First Lady,” who is 20 years younger, plus she has an office in the Capitol and receives briefings from Kitzhaber’s staff.
Kitzhaber’s deceased mother was a former state president of the hardly impartial League of Women Voters, a socialist organization that supports an entire gamut of partisan causes of the left that so many in our society finds morally reprehensible and repugnant.
Oregon prides itself in being “first” when it comes to embracing socialist issues and it appears Kitzhaber’s partner is the “first live-in girlfriend” of any Oregon governor. Oregon also was “first” to have Vote by Mail, another opportunity for more fraud. Maybe this explains why Oregon is a misnamed “blue” state on election day!
And I guess I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the City of Portland – the tail that wags the dog in Oregon politics – has a pedophile mayor who was busted for grooming a 17-year old boy but probably last but not least, Oregon’s sexual child abuser Democrat Governor, Neal Goldschmidt ProPublica Managing Editor Stephen Engelberg writes that the resignation of Democrat U.S. Rep. David Wu (another recent Oregon sex scandal) presents a compelling case for why news organizations should “aggressively pursue allegations of sexual misconduct, even when they seem like ancient history” and Goldschmidt is mentioned again and how our local newspapers failed to follow up on tips they were given. If this aggressiveness by reporters should happen, it may be tough to find someone to run for public office.
OREGON SENATORS VOTE LIKE DEMOCRATS
For a Republican, Hatfield’s Constitutional voting record was closer to most Democrats, who could not be farther left if they paid Communist Party dues, but then we had another Republican Senator by the name of Bob Packwood who voted approximately the same. In 1986 Packwood had a strong conservative contender. It’s unwise for party hierarchy to take sides in the Primary where candidates should duke it out on their own but throwing scruples aside, the party ran ads by President Reagan begging voters to please send Packwood back to Washington, D.C. so he could put him to work on tax code overhaul. However, God moves in mysterious ways and Packwood later was forced to resign in September 1995 by the very radical feminists he’d supported for so many years. One said, “Maybe he can do for sexual harassment what Betty Ford did for alcoholism.”
On moral issues, Hatfield was an ambiguous mixed bag. Even with his liberal Constitutional voting record, he opposed abortions and it was the pro-life community that kept helping him get re-elected; however, he tried to avoid taking a position on an initiative to stop (CAUTION) same-sex marriage in Oregon which the Salem Basic rights of Oregon organization written about in Part One is going to try to overturn. The initiative overwhelmingly passed 1,028,546 to 787,556 on November 2, 2004. The Oregon Citizen’s Alliance (OCA) who sponsored the plebiscite was demonized by the media, rejected by the sycophants in the GOP state party leadership and shots fired at volunteers so I’m not sure OCA will have the desire to take on the issue a second time.
PROGRESSIVE SAYS HATFIELD IS A LIBERAL
Timothy Walch (Part two) did no favors for Senator Hatfield by confirming Hatfield was a liberal Republican, plus, how he modeled his aspirations after former President Herbert Hoover, who was born in 1874 and died in 1964. So if my calculator is working right, that means he was 85 years old in 1959 when he took Oregon’s Republican, recently married young governor Mark Hatfield, then age 37, as a guest to the Bohemian Grove. President Nixon once called the Bohemian Grove “The most faggy G-D thing you can imagine.” The first time I heard about the Grove was when a local journalist wrote that another governor, Republican Vic Atiyeh, elected in 1979, had been invited as a guest. Since that by-gone era, more and more has been exposed about the Grove that certainly must be a shock to the uninitiated who attend as unenlightened guests.
William P. Hoar wrote in the March 1981 American Opinion that Hoover was orphaned at age eight and raised by a series of Quaker relatives, worked his way through Stanford as a member of its first class, and became an internationally respected mining engineer. He toured the world in responsible jobs for the years between 1897 and 1917 and did not vote for a Presidential candidate until he became one himself and he was a millionaire by age 40 – not bad for a young man who left Stanford in a depression year with a bachelor’s degree in geology, forty dollars in his wallet, and a two-dollar-a-day job pushing a mine cart.
Hoover ran for President in 1920. But he, too, was a mixed political bag. While being supported by progressives, his party affiliation was not clear. He had worked for Democrat Wilson, belonged to a Republican club (Bohemian Grove?) and financially supported Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote at the time, “He is certainly a wonder, and I wish we could make him President. There couldn’t be a better one.” Roosevelt’s brain truster, Rexford Tugwell (mentioned above) confirmed in 1974, “We didn’t admit it at the time, but practically FDR’s whole New Deal was extrapolated from programs that Hoover started. Hoover in his first 100 days had everything Roosevelt would have wanted.”
THROW THE SPENDERS OUT
So what did the Democrats do? While supporting Hoover’s onerous tax increases, FDR called on voters to “throw the spenders out.” Republican President Herbert Clark Hoover had initiated principles of social engineering that would for decades be applied by his successors with disastrous consequences. Hatfield once admitted his wife handled all the money in their family and yet we, the people, are mandated to turn OUR money over to these elected officials who aren’t trustworthy enough to obey their Oaths.
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BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES (Luke 20:46)
If I was looking for a savior among men, no, the “Saint” Senator didn’t walk on water unless he knew where the rocks were, he had no wings, he was a flawed individual as we all are but to have a local newspaper editorial suggest we should emulate a guy with such a disappointing Constitutional voting record similar to the most liberal Democrats is foolish. Hatfield was a 33rd degree Mason and was affiliated with the radical “think tank,” Institute of Policy Studies.
In a few days another big event will be held at the Capitol to honor the Senator. No one can ever forget him because he has his name on the Willamette University library, the new U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon State University Marine Science Center in Newport, the Courthouse Square Plaza in downtown Salem, plus, including one in a Christian retirement facility where my husband and I may some day take up residency.
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