Looks like the Greater Idaho Movement just received another major, long overdue boost!
As of early February, a total of eleven counties in Oregon have now formally voted in favor of seceding from the ultra-leftist state in ordered to be absorbed into Idaho.
Now, the Idaho state legislature, upon realizing the growing demand for its territorial expansion, has lent even greater credence to the movement, chiefly by voting affirmatively, 48-21, in favor of considering opening up a dialogue regarding the relocation of state boundaries or borders to accommodate a diversity of cultural values and beliefs.
Per the passage of the bill, “the Idaho Legislature stands ready to begin discussions with the Oregon Legislature regarding the potential to relocate the Oregon/Idaho state boundary, in accordance with the will of the citizens of eastern Oregon, and we invite the Oregon Legislature to begin talks on this topic with the Idaho Legislature.”
And that invitation cannot come soon enough.
As reported by National Review, “the movement encompasses the sparsely populated, conservative, rural counties east of the Cascades that make up 63 percent of the state’s landmass but only 21 percent of its population. The region’s inhabitants are regularly outvoted and ruled without regard to their interests by Portland and the rest of the west-coast portion of the state. Eastern Oregon is politically, culturally, and economically a world apart from the rest of the state that drifts ever further into progressive madness and urban anarchy.”
Former Oregon House Speaker Mark Simmons is clearly in favor of the move, noting that rural families who wish to live in productive peace will be freed from the shackles of allegedly “progressive” policies emanating from morally bankrupt Portland, otherwise known as a world center of Antifa and BLM antics, not to mention extreme violence.
“Idaho would have the satisfaction of freeing rural, conservative communities from progressive blue-state law. We are dismayed by the manner in which Oregon government has marginalized our values and villainized our resource-based livelihoods. This is why our counties voted 75% Republican last year (Idaho voted 67% Republican),” Simmons detailed in a recent op-ed.
A lengthy proposal also makes it rather clear that Eastern Oregonians are uninterested in disrupting the balance of federal power that Democrats are quite keen on controlling: On the contrary, they simply wish to shift borders to reside in a state more reflective of their values.
“This proposal is simply a shift in borders that does not affect the balance of power in the US Senate. It does not create a new state or increase the number of states,” the proposal declares, adding that “borders between states have been relocated many times in US history.”
According to the official website for the Greater Idaho Movement, the proposal for Idahoan annexation of conservative counties in Oregon is more than reasonable given the stark differences between basic normative values held by the radical left and the conservative right.
“Oregon will continue to violate more and more American values and American freedoms because northwestern Oregon has 79% of Oregon’s population and voters. Fortunately, Boise has only 13% of Idaho’s population,” the website asserted.
Translation: Urban elites have less power in dictating their normative values, oftentimes codified, to rural communities, otherwise known as the communities that typically provide sustenance to cities in the first place.
And those values certainly do not include condoning hard drug use, widely acknowledged to be the source of the rising homeless crisis across Democrat-“led” cities.
“Oregon refuses to protect citizens from criminals, rioters, wildfire arsonists, illegals, and the homeless, but then infringes on your right to defend your family with firearms. Idaho enforces the law,” the website added.
Simmons also noted that the prevalence of hard drugs (and subsequently empowered criminals) underpins a major motivation of the movement.
“These counties would help maintain rural values in the Idaho Legislature, values of faith, family, and self-reliance … All of eastern Oregon voted against marijuana legalization and the decriminalization of hard drugs,” Simmons remarked.
Alas, as noted by the proposal, both state legislatures will need to agree to the proposed border shift, which means the ultra-leftists in Portland would need to approve of the suggested border.
In addition, Congress would also have to approve of the change following mutual agreement amongst both state legislatures.
Nonetheless, with Republicans in control of the House now, it is clearly an opportune time for Eastern Oregonians to work towards a safer, less woke future for their children.
Author: Ofelia Thornton