Looks like a burgeoning state secession movement has just gained fresh steam!
As detailed by Fox News, yet another county in Eastern Oregon has voted in favor of leaving the state and becoming part of Idaho, a vote that has taken place as part of the “Greater Idaho” movement.
“Wallowa County became the 12th Oregon county to join the ‘Greater Idaho’ movement when special election results on the measure were finalized Tuesday …
The ‘Greater Idaho’ effort originally began in 2020 as an idea for large swaths of rural eastern Oregon to secede and join the more conservative Idaho to get away from the western, progressive part of the state.
With Wallowa County’s vote, 12 out of 12 counties that have held an election on a ‘Greater Idaho’ measure of any kind have voted in favor of exploring the move,” the media outlet reported.
The movement, in other words, is designed for counties in Eastern Oregon that feel deeply misrepresented by the woke officials in Portland.
After all, Portland comprises one of the most anti-police cities in the nation, and for quite some time, the city appeared to host near-nightly riots.
On top of that, it appears that every drug under the sun is being decriminalized.
Little wonder that conservative Oregonians want to secede from that madness.
Republican State Representative Judy Boyle is one of the most vocal advocates of the Greater Idaho movement, hoping to join alongside a state that shares conservative Oregonians’ values.
“Yes, I am supportive of the Greater Idaho idea. I have lived along the Oregon border my entire life, so have many east Oregon friends. They have been quite frustrated with the liberal I-5 western Oregon corridor running their state and completely ignoring their values and needs. They have finally come down to asking the voters, county by county, if they want to join Idaho. Currently, 11 counties have said YES [sic]!” Boyle declared.
And, with Wallowa County’s recent vote, there are now 12 counties that have voted in favor.
Boyle also delineated the various advantages Idaho would enjoy as a result of an expansion, as both state legislatures must approve the secession for it to happen peacefully, without undue controversy or conflict.
“Advantages for Idaho are gaining citizens with likeminded conservative values, gaining another congressional seat, moving the Oregon ‘legal’ hard drugs several hundred miles away from Idaho’s population center, allowing these new Idaho citizens to remain in their existing homes and generational old ranches which relieves the pressure on the Idaho housing market, and brings more businesses, jobs, and innovators into Idaho,” Boyle crisply detailed.
Democrats, however, are disgusted by the plan, undoubtedly because they are trying to cling to every last constituent possible in the state, if only to exploit more federal funding.
Democrat Idaho Senate Minority Leader Melissa Wintrow, for instance, insisted that the Greater Idaho movement is highly unlikely to happen, and that it would be “bad for all involved.”
“I’m very pleased this measure has virtually no chance of advancing into reality … It would be bad for all involved and bad for the country, and I am opposed to it at all levels,” Wintrow declared.
Not according to many Republicans, and likely not according to Idaho either.
But by all means, continue to say such a movement is “bad” for everyone concerned.
Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley also harped on the barriers while insisting that he loves all of Oregon.
“There are a whole set of barriers that would make the process very difficult … I would not want to see the state carved up. I love every part of it,” Merkley insisted.
Right, except the conservative values held near and dear in the East …
Author: Ofelia Thornton