Secession was on the menu for five rural counties in Oregon in Tuesday’s election. Voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake counties would like to become part of Idaho, according to The Epoch Times.
The Times explains the odds of this actually happening are long because of the numerous hurdles involved. Here’s what it would take:
It would require a formal vote in the Democratic-controlled Oregon legislature. If that goes through, Oregon and Idaho would have to come up with a deal, which would then have to be ratified by the U.S. Congress.
Throughout the history of the United States, changing state lines has been a rare occurrence—all taking place before the 20th century. In 1792, Kentucky was created from Virginia’s territory, Maine was created from Massachusetts in 1820, and West Virginia in 1863 was admitted into the United States when Union states and counties separated themselves from the Confederate ones during the Civil War.
Oregon’s Jefferson and Union counties voted last year to leave the state and the measure will be on the ballot for two additional counties, Harney and Douglas, in an upcoming election, the report said.
The group behind this effort is called “Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho.” Unhappy with the liberal government in Oregon, they’d rather be part of a freer, more conservative state.
Mike McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho, told a local media outlet, “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. 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.”
McCarter also said that Republican Idaho state Reps. Barbara Ehardt and Judy Boyle “plan to introduce legislation to move toward possible relocation of the Idaho/Oregon border next January.”
Who could possibly blame these voters for wanting to leave the insanity that defines Oregon’s leadership for the conservative governance of Idaho? Last month, Idaho’s Republican Gov. Brad Little signed legislation banning Critical Race Theory from being taught in public schools. Idaho is the first state in the U.S. to do so. I posted about this here.
This morning, I wrote about the passage of two constitutional amendments in Pennsylvania on Tuesday that will reign in the emergency powers of the state’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Are Americans starting to fight back against the massive Democratic power grab? I certainly hope so.
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) May 19, 2021
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” Mike McCarter said.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) May 20, 2021