Stumptown has distinguished itself again by being the site of continuing protests against TrumpMerica. A brave demonstrator exercising his constitutional right of free speech and assembly was shot by an unknown gunman on the Morrison Bridge Saturday night. Despite massive police presence the extremist hot-head got off six shots and sped away in a car. He is still at large. Fortunately for the victim his injuries were classified by as non-life threatening by a local hospital where he was treated.
Portland is but one city of several where shocked and angry Americans have displayed their displeasure with the election results. So far, the demonstrations have been overwhelmingly peaceful despite provocations and disparagement by corporate media and the police. Candidate Hillary Clinton explained her loss to her big money donors by blaming the FBI Director for his last minute review of more cached e-mails. Hardly. Her loss is better explained by the increasing disconnect between working people and the party that claims to represent them. Democrats sealed their fate when they failed to select Bernie Sanders as their candidate. Once again the so-called political "elites" have led the people to failure. One positive aspect of Trump' win: he is prepared to make a deal with Putin's Russia. Perhaps we will not vanish in a radioactive fireball after all.