"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

The ATM states

Presidential candidates campaign, as such, during general election races in states where the votes are up for grabs – Virginia, or Florida, say, or Ohio. Not so much in Oregon, where both sides know the state is highly likely to vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Still. You wonder if there may be a little bit of irritation about Republican Mitt Romney’s third visit to Oregon (upcoming June 4) not to campaign but, each time, to hold a fundraiser.

Blue Oregon notes, “And once again, he won’t actually be talking to any real voters — and won’t even be doing the sort of pro forma political stop that usually accompanies an ATM run. He’s not even going to go read stories to kids, or tour a factory floor, or anything.”

After a while, doesn’t it seem a little crass, even for a presidential campaign?

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