Western Canadians aren’t the only ones unhappy with their government, it seems. A movement is gaining momentum in Oregon’s eastern counties that may surprise you.
Legal scholars call it a longshot, but long odds didn’t prevent the residents of five Oregon counties from adding their counties to the list of those attempting to secede from Portland’s insanity and join saner heads in Idaho.
On May 18, 2021, voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake counties voted to require county officials to examine the feasibility moving the Idaho border to incorporate them.
- Grant County voted 1,471 to 895 for county officials “to meet and discuss relocating Idaho border.”
- Lake County voted 1,341 to 463 for the “relocation of Idaho border” to be taken up in “county board of commissioners meetings.”
- Malheur County voted 3,050 to 2,572 for “county court meetings regarding relocation of Oregon-Idaho border.”
- Sherman County voted 429 to 260 in favor of “promoting moving Oregon-Idaho border.”
- Baker County voted 3,064 to 2,307 for county commissioners “to meet three times per year to discuss a proposal to include 18 counties, including Baker, as part of Idaho.”
They join Union and Jefferson counties who, last year, voted to force county officials to study joining Idaho in their bid for freedom from ‘blue state tyranny’.
The long odds against the measures are because any change in state boundaries would require approval of both the Oregon and Idaho legislatures, as well as the United States Congress.
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” said lead petitioner Mike McCarter.
“If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will. If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”
I wish these Oregon counties success in their bid to join Idaho.
I suspect, however, Democrat state officials will pull out all the stops to quash the county exodus movement.
There’s a vast difference between what a politician says he or she believes and what happens when the rubber meets the road. At a minimum, those greedy state officials will view the loss of their taxation base as some form of treason.