On May 18th the votes for secession were counted and amazingly the results were in favor of conservatives breaking away from the government that has been alternatively neglectful and abusive to them. In the state of Oregon, five rural counties have voted to consider breaking away from the government in Portland to join Idaho. This is being explored in the hopes of finding a more sympathetic body politic in Boise that will more fairly represent their interests. The Oregon secession seems to be on.
The Epoch Times reports,
“Voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake counties approved various measures that require county officials to take steps to look into moving the Idaho border west to incorporate the counties.
The grassroots group Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho is aiming to have the eastern counties—which are mostly rural—join Idaho because they believe they would be better off with Idaho’s more conservative political leadership.
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” lead petitioner Mike McCarter said in a statement to local media outlets on May 18. “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.”
According to GreaterIdaho.org this brings the total of counties who have voted in favor of the secession to seven.
This secession would leave Oregon as what could be described best as a rump state comprised of the urban areas surrounding Portland.
What Are The Next Steps Toward Secession?
The bid for the aggrieved conservative counties to break away from Oregon and join Idaho faces some steep opposition though. It will require a formal vote of the Democrat-overrun Oregon legislature. If the vote clears that hurdle, the two states would need to come to an interstate compact which would then need to be ratified by the US Congress.
Fox News reported,
“They’re looking at Idaho fondly because of our regulatory atmosphere, our values. That doesn’t surprise me one bit,” Little told “Fox & Friends.”
“What they’re interested [in] is they would like to have a little more autonomy, a little more control, a little more freedom and I can understand that,” said Little.”
In the coming months two more counties: Harney and Douglas will conduct votes on similar measures. GreaterIdaho’s McCarter told The Epoch Times that Idaho state Representatives Republicans Barbara Ehardt and Judy Boyle are set to introduce a bill about relocation of the Idaho-Oregon state line in January of next year.