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Five Rural Counties In Oregon Vote To Leave State And Become Part Of Idaho

Five Rural Counties In Oregon Vote To Leave State And Become Part Of Idaho

A few months back, several counties in far-left Oregon began an effort to secede from the state and become part of Idaho.

Now they have voted for it. It’s not a done deal yet, but they are off to a strong start.

These are simply people who are tired of being associated with the radical left-wing politics of Portland.


The Hill reports:

Oregon counties vote to secede to Idaho

Voters in five rural Oregon counties approved measures on Tuesday to consider joining the state of Idaho, a part of a long-shot grassroots movement to break with a state dominated by liberal voters west of the Cascade Mountains.

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Voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake counties all approved measures that would require county officials to take steps to promote moving the Idaho border west to incorporate their populations…

They join two other rural counties — Jefferson and Union — whose voters approved measures promoting a move to Idaho last year.

The local measures are backed by Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho, a local organization that wants to grow Idaho west and south into some counties in Northern California.

“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon. If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will,” said Mike McCarter, a conservative activist who heads the group. “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.”

The government of Oregon has ignored these people for years. Who can blame them for wanting to leave?

As the Democrats and their leaders are turning more radical, rural communities are starting to want nothing to do with this. Don’t be surprised, if this succeeds, to see other counties in the Blue States that want nothing to do with the policies of the state’s liberal governments choosing to go to a state that borders them that does not share the same leftist affliction known as Progressive Liberalism.

This will do two things: It will move conservative rural counties to conservative states, thus strengthening the conservatives within that state; it will also, by pulling out of liberal states, pull out any conservative resistance to liberal-progressive ideology. As this continues, you will see the political divide widen and widen until it is no longer attainable, with both sides refusing to give in to the demands of the other.

The question is, how long can a union of states hold together like this? We already see cracks within the state level; Oregon may be the first. California is also looking at doing the same thing, but rather than break off to another state, creating a 51st state, free from the politics of the coast.


I would love to give answers to how to fix this but see no way; the left is pushing unbudgingly in their refusal to give any sway to the conservatives, the conservatives have tried this with the liberals, but all they get are demands with the other side refusing to give anything.

We are rapidly approaching the point where give and take is no longer the norm, where each side refuses to budge in their ideology; this can only lead to one thing, a confrontation by force where one side or the other wins by kinetic means. This is not a route we want to go, but it may be unavoidable.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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