Former Columbian editorial writer Elizabeth Hovde, now of The Oregonian, introduces herself to Portlanders.
I supported the Iraq invasion in 2003. Heck, I even voted for George W. Bush — twice.
At the same time, I am against torture.
(Slapping forehead.) Okay then. Hovde was so troubled by torture she went ahead and voted for Bush after the Abu Ghraib scandal had been known for six months or so. That’s quite a commitment to human rights.
Like many people in this great, green, soggy region of independents, I am not partisan.
Other than writing far-right columns at The Columbian for a decade, of course, where her work appeared for years along with the likes of Michelle Malkin. People might have somehow formed the impression the editorial page Hovde worked on was intent on being as right-wing as possible. I know I did. But that is entirely and magically separate from the dirty, dirty world of candidates and parties and ugly, dirty partisanship.
But Hovde is honest about her views, if not their ideological origins and the purposes for which they were used.
I am conservative, however. I’m pro-life. I am anti-bailouts. I think unions are outdated, overly political and that every state should have a right-to-work law ending compulsory unionism. I oppose Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act; I oppose even calling it the “Death With Dignity” Act. I am skeptical of some of Portland’s Smart Growth policies and believe they’ve helped create massive sprawl just across the river.
I worry that many public schools teach sex education in ways that undermine parents. It’s maddening to me that minors can’t get tattoos in Oregon but they can receive abortions without a parent’s knowledge, care or guidance. I grow weary of government safety nets that not only comfort those in true need but also become hammocks for those with an ability to be self-sufficient.
Nope, nothing partisan about any of that. I will agree that Portland can be annoying.
Hovde does sort her garbage, though.
I’ll pack out my Diet Coke cans rather than leave them at my in-laws’ house where they don’t recycle.
So there you have it. Sorting one’s beverage containers is the exact moral equivalent of opposing torture, even if you voted for a guy who was pro-torture.
We should all become non-partisan conservatives, it sounds swell. You don’t actually have to identify with anything icky like a political party everyone now hates, and you don’t have to actually take intellectual responsibility for your past advocacy of that party’s main policy stances and propaganda, simply by declaring yourself non-partisan! Very cool.
I’m a non-partisan progressive, by the way. Thought you should know.