Political tensions have reached a boiling point in many states across the country. We’ve already heard talk about some states that are considering seceding from the U.S., like Texas.
While that’s unlikely to happen, the divide between Red and Blue continues to widen. In 2020, statistics showed a mass exodus of right-wing voters from Democrat-run states.
And now, one major Blue state might lose a chunk of its land to a Red state.
Oregon is well known as a Democrat bastion, with Portland being one of the most prominent Democrat-dominated cities in the nation. The city has also been home to a ton of civil unrest in recent years.
Well, it seems many state citizens are fed up with how the state is being run, and they want out.
Five rural Oregon counties have decided they want no part of their state anymore, and they’re pushing to become part of a neighbor — a neighbor that has historically been very Red.
That neighbor is Idaho. It’s a state that’s very friendly to Republicans; according to WorldAtlas, the last 4 presidential elections saw the Republican candidate get over 60 percent of the votes.
And that’s where those 5 Oregon counties want to be.
Via the Idaho Statesman:
Thousands of people in eastern Oregon voted Tuesday for their elected officials to consider ditching their state and becoming part of Idaho.
Voters in Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker and Malheur counties all voted for ballot measures that would lead to them becoming Idahoans.
People in Union and Jefferson counties had already voted in favor during the November election…
This is part of what’s known as the “Greater Idaho” project, and it would let Oregon counties join a state that’s more in line with their political views.
There’s also a Political Action Committee called Move Oregon’s Border, and founder Michael McCarter pushed to alter the state’s border lines, which would ultimately affect voters in 9 counties.
McCarter made the following statement on the organization’s website:
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.
The group ran into a roadblock last year because of the pandemic, and weren’t able to gather as many signatures as they would’ve liked.
But now they’re gaining steam again and “several prominent elected officials in Idaho” have voiced their support for the idea, according to Oregon Live. If it happens, it would be a very big deal.
Counties don’t secede from states every day, after all.
This is indicative of that political divide, which many right-wing voters can’t deal with anymore. They’ve decided that there’s simply too big of an ideological gap between the two sides.
And at this point, they might be right. Maybe the best idea is to simply leave, so they can avoid more open conflict in the streets.
No matter what, this proves that some citizens have reached their breaking point with Democrat-run states.
Source: Breitbart and /gopdailybrief.com