After a year of radical leftist violence and extreme lockdown restrictions, five conservative counties in Oregon will vote whether to join neighboring Idaho. The Move Oregon’s Border or Greater Idaho movement has exceeded the signatures required to add the measure to the state’s upcoming special election.
The five counties that will be included in the ballot measure are Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur, and Sherman counties. The Washington Times reported, “In Baker County, organizers far exceeded the 496 signatures required by submitting 746, with the clerk reporting that 630 were accepted. The county population is about 16,000.”
Move Oregon’s Border leader Mike McCarter shared in a statement, “Oregon is a powder keg because counties that belong in a red-state like Idaho are ruled by Portlanders.” He added, “This state protects Antifa arsonists, not normal Oregonians, it prioritizes one race above another for vaccines and program money and in the school curriculum, and it prioritizes Willamette Valley above rural Oregon.”
Their work is also not finished. In addition to the five counties qualifying under the current measure, the movement is continuing to collect signatures in seven additional counties. They include Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Harney, Morrow, and Umatilla.
If successful, the Move Oregon’s Border movement will include 12 of the state’s 36 counties. Some reports note their plans could eventually include up to 24 counties in their effort.
Is this what our nation has become? Liberal policies, especially in urban areas, have left conservative areas of many states without options. Instead of following along, Oregonians are preparing to move on, joining conservatives in next door Idaho for a way of life that continues to embrace traditional American values.
Could this really happen? Past measures have approved portions of the state to leave Oregon, but nothing more has yet to occur. Though a long process, a Brexit-like escape is possible.
The move also has some considering whether other American states could attempt a similar move. Texas has often spoken of leaving the Union to become its own nation. Reporter Jesse Kelly shares the Oregon movement is, “A small preview of things to come. We are two different peoples.”
A future Divided States of America is not quite the unity the Biden administration had in mind. Yet leftist policies that seek to defund policy, open borders, and reconnecting the nation with globalists are pushing citizens farther away rather than closer together.
In Oregon’s case, people are not trying to leave the country. They just want a different state that accepts their values and gives them a voice. Oregon’s conservatives sound a lot like many other Americans in this regard. We’re looking for a leader who will represent the will of the people, not special interest groups and political paybacks.
Maybe Oregon will become a leader to our nation after all. Instead of being known for Antifa violence, its conservative Americans could lead the way along a new path focused on creating true social change.