The Importance of Voting

A few weeks ago I discussed with you the importance of being an informed voter in an article titled, Be an Informed Voter: Learn the Facts. Today I am writing about the importance of voting.

A little history.

Before the United States was a sovereign nation, we consisted of thirteen colonies under British Parliamentary rule. Although Massachusetts had a form of self-government, they still had to answer to the British Crown, and pay any taxes and adhere to any punitive laws rendered by the Parliament.

After constant tax increases and new taxes, resistance emerged within the colonies in 1773. Tensions continued, escalating to armed conflict starting in just two years later. Finally, in 1776, the thirteen colonies declared their independence from Britain.

In 1789 our United States Constitution was adopted. Two years later, the Bill of Rights was added to guarantee inalienable rights.

Within the Constitution it states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. A republican government is one in which the political authority comes from the people. In the United States, power is given to the government by its citizens as written in the U.S. Constitution and through its elected representatives.

Every vote counts.

It is incumbent upon every citizen to exercise their right to vote, because it is we, the voter, who grants the power to the government through the representatives we elect.

Without full participation of every voter, we do not have true representation in government. What we have is representation based upon the wishes of the few. We have representation that may not represent our values and beliefs.

In Oregon, the voter turnout averages less than 82% for Presidential General Elections and less than 71% for Midterm General Elections. Primaries average about 35% voter turnout.

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

Abraham Lincoln

Oregon voter apathy does not provide true representation for the citizens. But it does provide representation for the few people who cared enough to vote.

The importance of voting.

Oregon is at a pivotal time in its political history. Democrats are on the verge of gaining the Super Majority with just a few key wins. Republicans have strong candidates that are making strong strides, putting their Democrat opponents on their heels.

Polls indicate the Governor’s race almost dead even between the Republican Candidate Knute Buehler and Democrat Candidate, incumbent Kate Brown. Buehler has the endorsements of most of the major newspapers throughout Oregon and is leading in campaign donations. Brown, who is having difficulties with her leadership record (according to Oregonian) and recent transparency issues could turn the Office over to Buehler.

Oregon, which has a Democrat lead in voter registration over the Republicans by almost 200,000 voters, could see the first Republican Governor since Vic Atiyeh was elected in 1978 and 1982.

Brown is vulnerable. Her record as a leader is tarnished. On education, one of the leading topics in Oregon, Brown “failed” when she got caught trying to hide the dismal results of the graduating rates of our students, placing them 3rd from the bottom nationally. Brown’s reputation also took a hit as she claims to be “transparent” but was caught attempting to hide the education grade card until after the elections, and questions also arose when she refused to release 250 bills until after the election that she intends to have introduced to raise taxes to cover her budget.

 In conclusion:

There are enough Democrats and Non-Affiliated Voters who are disillusioned with their party candidate, Kate Brown, who will vote for Knute Buehler to win the Governor’s race. But he needs every Republican vote possible.

 “A Red Oregon begins in Clackamas County”

John Lee, Past Chair, Clackamas County Republican Party

I ask every Republican to vote.

I ask every Republican to vote the entire ballot, from city to state to national positions.

I ask every Republican to vote a straight Republican Ballot.

We must not allow one party rule to continue in Salem. It is only by voting a Republican Ballot that we can protect our Republican Values, our Republican Beliefs and our Personal Freedoms.

 

About the author: Ron Le Blanc is the Past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the CCRP Candidate Development Committee. Ron is also a retired Deputy Sheriff.

 

Standard Disclaimer: The opinions stated by the author ar not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

Six Democrats Vote to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

A look back to May 26, 2006…

The United States Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The final vote was 57 in favor, 36 oppose, and 7 Senators did not vote.

Of the 57 United States Senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh’s appointment, six were Democrats.

During the confirmation process, Kavanaugh was interviewed, arguments were made in favor and opposing his confirmation. The basic argument opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation was his inexperience. His moral attributes were never at issue.

Supreme Court Justice Kagan, considered one of the more liberal Justices on the Supreme Court, hired Kavanaugh as a Law Professor at Harvard School of Law when she was the dean of the school. Kavanaugh taught at Harvard School of Law beginning 2008.

 

“We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.” – Senator Susan Collins

 

Fast forward to 2018…

In a highly charged political and partisan arena, President Donald Trump nominates Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Immediately, opponents to the nomination begin spreading scare tactics, claiming people will die, Kavanaugh will not rule against a President, overturn same sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, and Roe v. Wade.

“Within moments of that announcement, special interest groups raced to be the first to oppose him, including one organization that didn’t even bother to fill in the Judge’s name on its pre-written press release – they simply wrote that they opposed “Donald Trump’s nomination of XX to the Supreme Court of the United States.” A number of Senators joined the race to announce their opposition, but they were beaten to the punch by one of our colleagues who actually announced opposition before the nominee’s identity was even known,” said Senator Collins in an address on the Senate Floor.

Senator Schumer actually said on the Senate Floor one of the reasons Justice Kavanaugh is not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court was because he was nominated by President Trump.

I have worked in law enforcement for 22 years and for a superior court judge for 6 years. I have seen many forms of accusations brought against ex-spouses, past employers, landlords, neighbors, and many others. Some accusations were true, others were not. But, they were always treated as accusations and nothing more. All of the false accusations involved some type of retribution, bias or pure hatred.

No one in our court was deemed guilty of an accusation, regardless how disturbing, without a fair trial. The decision was based upon presented evidence, not public opinion. This is the fundamental basis our nation is founded upon.

When Dr. Ford’s accusations were released, it was the icing on the cake for the #MeToo movement. Just what the doctor ordered for those who opposed anything Trump. But many Senators, the media, and the public forgot one thing: they were accusations. Judge Kavanaugh was convicted by bias and hatred toward President Trump.

The accusations made by Dr. Ford are terrible and should not happen to anyone. I believe something of that nature possibly occurred to her. But in my experience working in the courts, I believe her assailant was a different person taking place at a different location and at a different time. None of her witnesses and close friends could confirm her allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Even Dr. Ford’s own testimony was vague or empty regarding most of the events of the evening except she was certain her assailant was Kavanaugh.

The vote by the United States Senate to confirm Justice Kavanaugh was along party lines, 50 to 48. It is too bad the Senators did not look at Justice Kavanaugh’s record while sitting on the Court of Appeals. If they had, most of their fears about the way he may rule as a Supreme Court Justice would have been dispelled.

I believe Justice Kavanaugh will be a fair Justice on the Supreme Court, and will surprise many court watchers, both liberal and conservative.

 

About the Author: Ron Le Blanc is the past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party, a retired Deputy Sheriff, and a regular contributor to the CCRP website.

Standard Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

Meet Your Candidate: Mark Callahan for US Representative, District 5

Mark has deep Christian roots and was taught early in his life that his word is his bond. Mark believes that one needs to have honor, integrity, decency, humility, and character to serve the American people.

Mark Callahan fully realizes that he is not just representing Republicans, but he is representing all people from the 5th District of Oregon. Be they Democrats, Libertarians, Green Party or no party; Mark will serve with an “Open Door” policy and strive to be the most transparent member of Congress.

Mark believes in sitting down with the opposition and talking through problems, not stonewalling and being rigid. This is the problem in Washington today. There is simply too much partisan politics and hatred for opposing ideas and opinions. It is time this ended. This venom is harming our nation, and it needs to stop.

Mark lives in District 5, is married to the love of his life Nicole, attends Church locally and has two daughters and two 4-legged children that he loves with all his heart.

Source: Mark Callahan for Congress website: CLICK HERE