Oregon Senate Republicans walked out of the legislative session one week ago to deprive the Democrats, who enjoy a supermajority in the legislature, a quorum to pass this destructive and onerous bill.
So strong is the revulsion to this job-destroying, vast expansion of government that Oregon blue collar workers, truckers, loggers and farmers’ voices have reached high enough decibels to make national news.
Leftist publications such a “The Daily Beast” and “Rolling Stone” have desperately grasped for (banned) straws in their effort to dirty-up the reputations of the people who grow and truck your food.
Media have whispered about ‘militias,’ death threats have been made against the head of the Oregon GOP, Senate Republicans and now, as if on cue, the evilKoch Brothers have appeared in the hallucinations of “Rolling Stone” reporters bwahahaha-ing and twisting their mustaches and while toying with their puppet strings.
But the bottom line is: Democrats more than overreached. Now they’re (finally) reaping the whirlwind.
Thousands of Oregonians from around the state converged on Salem Thursday to show support for the Oregon 11 senators and the people who stand to lose their jobs if this bill should pass.
The Democrat leadership says the bill is dead for the session, but few believe them.
Last Sunday I arranged to call in to the Abrams and Pasero show on KXL. I advise you to do the same this Sunday morning from 8-10am.
Check out my call. It’s in the first hour after the 8:30am news.
The ‘Oregon 11’ as they’re called, left after hours of negotiations failed to roll back any of the Democrats’ global warming energy tax package. The taxes would cost Oregonians hundreds of dollars per year in gas, food, and other energy impacted living expenses (read: everything). It would snuff out logging and trucking jobs. In short, it’s a disaster.
The Democratic supermajority’s message was clear: Take it or leave it.
Oregon public opinion has followed the senate Republicans.
Oregonians hate the taxes. And they love the Republicans taking a stand. Even in deep blue Eugene:
Former GOP governor’s candidate Allen Alley pointed to this Portland poll showing 79% in support the Republican walk out.
The Democrats, cheered on by their ‘leader’ Governor Kate Brown, refused to budge on the onerous taxes, refused to remove an ’emergency clause’ on the bill to circumvent a voter referral, ignored the hundreds of people who traveled to Salem to plead with them, and blew off convoys of truckers begging Democrats not to put them out of business.
Public opinion is overwhelmingly against the cap and tax bills and solidly with the Republicans.
The Democrats have a bonafide public relations nightmare on their hands.
Now the story has piqued national interest. Scrutiny grows. Governor Kate Brown’s authoritarian tactics have been exposed and Democrats are getting a look at themselves in the mirror.
It ain’t pretty:
Brown has sicced the Oregon State Police on the senators, ordering them to forcibly bring back the Republicans to provide the Democrats a quorum to pass the hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes.
Brown’s allies have threatened to bring back the sweeping anti-gun bills, that were dead for the session and pass them out of spite.
Democrats refused any meaningful negotiation with the Republicans
The Democrat issued “Wanted Posters” featuring the photos of Republican Senators for the Oregon Stasi to report.
Brown reportedly has been phoning mayors throughout the state, whose senators have walked out and threatened to halt state funded projects
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Wooldridge called out the ‘bullies’ in the supermajority:
With the Democrats losing the public relations battle, what to do … ? What to do…?
“Hello, Central Casting? Yes, we could use someone to conjure up some militia threats. Could you do that? Nothing specific. Don’t want them to find the source. No, I don’t want Antifa, they’re on our side. Wait, could you get the ‘militia’ guys to wear masks? That would look cool. We’ll need rural men. Jeans. Check. Plaid. Check. Big belt buckles. Fishing vests. Do you have anyone with guns? Yes, I know practically everyone in rural Oregon has a gun, but just go with me on this. Could you get ’em to carry AR-15’s? Great. We need them now. We’re losing here. Hurry up.”
In near-record time, the Oregon Democrats had conjured up ‘militia threats.’ First, The Daily Beast ‘quoted’ an ‘unnamed source’ which claimed that they would go to Idaho where the senators are rumored to be hiding to provide security for them:
One source inside the Oregon militia movement told The Daily Beast that their members were “willing to put their own lives in front of these senators’ lives.” The source claimed that dozens of armed militia members have “mobilized” to protect the state senators, and said there was potential for violence if law enforcement officials try to bring the senators back to Oregon. The source added that the militias would defend the Republicans “at any cost.” “All of these people are armed,” the source said.
In a Facebook post, Paul Luhrs, a member of the Oregon III%er militia, said the militia had “vowed to provide security, transportation and refuge for those Senators in need.”
And Republican state Senator Brian Boquist was quoted as saying he’d be damned if he’d let the Oregon State Police take him as a “political prisoner.”
One of the lawmakers on the lam, Republican Brian Boquist (R), warned that he would resort to violence rather than return to the state, implying in a local television interview that he would attack law enforcement officers sent to retrieve him.
“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist said. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”
Cue the “hotbed”:
Militia groups in the Pacific Northwest—a hotbed of far-right extremist activist—claim they’ve mobilized to protect those state senators.
Wait, the GOP senators were aligning with militias?! Even the Oregonian was dubious:
Kate Gillem, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Senate Republicans, responded Friday that Oregon lawmakers aren’t interested in the offers for assistance. “The Senators are not with any militias,” she said, “and are not accepting their help.”
Say what you want about the militias – and they are – you’ve got to admit, they haven’t shot at anyone, not like the Bernie Sanders supporter who went hunting Republicans and nearly killed Congressman Steve Scalise. Or the Antifa thug who shot a protester in Portland. Or the Antifa guy who threw the IED at the cops. I could go on.
But Democrats weren’t giving up. They saw their buddies at the Beast, MSN and CNN take the bait and so, with a Rachel Maddow slot dancing in their heads, decided to up the ante. Suddenly, the autocrats in the legislature and Mahonia Hall recast themselves as victims.
Soon, rumors were percolating in the political water table by ‘threatening militias,’ who heretofore had failed to materialize anywhere, but who were descending on Salem this weekend to “Occupy the Senate.” The ‘threat’ prompted Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney to cancel the Saturday session.
Even Fox News fell for the ruse:
We at VictoriaTaft.com have located the ‘militia’ behind the Courtney shut down:
Yes, the ‘militia concern’ came from the Marion County Republican party which had begun to organize a peaceful protest at the capitol building. Seeing that it might be a problem, such as inviting more national media scrutiny and making the Democrats look bad, the session on Saturday was called off and the Republicans and any anti-global warming tax opponents were reframed as a ‘militia.’
“Do you like the cap and tax taxes?”
“You hate the earth. You’re a Nazi. You’re a fascist. You must be a militia member.”
Democrats might think Oregonians are stupid, but the vast unwashed in the ‘militia’ are only too aware of the all-pain, no-gain nature of global warming taxes. They’re aware of California’s experiment, which includes a slush fund for state Democrats.
Oregonians, ready to burst forth into a full-blown tax revolt, are now being eyed by a clueless national media as a militia. It won’t work.
Myron Ebell is one of the people I always go-to for expertise on climate/global warming issues. And at a time when the Trump Administration is considering pulling out of the Paris Accords pertaining to global warming, his viewpoint couldn’t be more timely.
The Oregon born, Competitive Policy Institute’s global warming expert, served as the Trump transition point man at the Environmental Protection Agency.
The left calls him a climate “denier,” but he likes to think of himself as a skeptic, you know, like science is supposed to be.
Climate fabulists bray that their viewpoints are based exclusively on science. It’s science all right: political science.
On Thursday, June 8th, he’ll be the guest of Cascade Policy Institute in Portland for a talk on what he’s been up to lately.
C’mon, Al Gore and his acolytes–the boy’s teachers–have been telling the kid global warming caused by gassing up his mom’s car is killing those fuzzy, cute polar bears. The kid is told riding his bike will save them. Between hating his mom for having a car and the guilt of not riding his bike on rainy days, this kid could someday be a walking psycho ward. ‘If only I had ridden in October and November, I might have been able to save more! There they go…on that little bitty ice chunk… And then the day after tomorrow the waves are going to crash over Manhattan!’
Of course the polar bear population has grown but, shhhhhh, don’t tell anybody, especially that kid.
The mental stresses of climate change have so far been overlooked beyond climate expert burnout and criticisms of too many climate disasters in the media desensitising people. However, the stresses of dealing with climate change are a public health concern that needs to be more widely addressed.
So far I’m tracking with these guys. I’ve OFTEN warned of the social costs of the so-called “Smart Growth”, as they insist on calling it, by cramming people into boxes, working to take cars away, no yard for their children to play, pricing them out of independence through higher taxes and regulation and even fining them for using resources. But, you didn’t think they’d toss this out and agree with those who have been criticizing them for years, did you? Not when there’s another fear to dangle in front of you, they won’t!
Climate impacts on mental health include trauma, shock, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, relationship strain, substance abuse, and a sense of loss and lack of control.
But that’s not all, it gets worse, natch.
Climate impacts on physical health include severe physical trauma, death, broken bones and cuts, disease, reduced access to health care, increased exposure to pests and toxins, allergies, asthma, impaired fetal development and changes in general fitness as climate impacts change daily routines.
But IF YOU ACT NOW you can help stop these horribles. Good grief, are you still standing there???!!! DO something! And, as luck has it, they helpfully provide a list,
Things you can do to reduce the stress of dealing with climate are:
Give people confidence we can prepare for and mitigate climate change
Highlight the co-benefits of acting on climate
Acknowledge the normality of emotions around climate
Use personal stories to connect
Be careful with too many disaster images causing a sense of hopelessness
Focus on local impacts
Emphasise the power of collective action
Help people interpret their experiences
Connect the dots from impacts to solutions
I like number 6. Now that’s absolute Al Gore Gold.
Only if you stop the climate (ice age, population bomb, cooling, warming, change, chaos) will you be able to PERSONALLY feel better. It’s all about you. Think globally, act personally.
You have to love the chutzpah. They’re now warning the result of their own decades-long fear mongering in our schools and freedom restricting laws and regulation and disguising it as another climate chaos fall that can only be solved if you do what they say. Again. Naturally.