The Future of Oregon is in the Voter’s Hands

The future of Oregon is teetering on the edge of a Democrat “Super Majority” in both the State Senate and State House. What this means is dominance and absolute single party control. The Democrats could pass any legislation they desire without a single Republican vote. The Democrat agenda would be absolute with no recourse: new and higher taxes, gun control and confiscation, infringement on one’s personal beliefs, and much, much more.

The future of Oregon is in the hands of the Voter’s hands. This unchecked control in Oregon’s Senate and House can be stopped. It will require voters who normally do not vote to vote. It will require voters to vote their entire ballot, not just the top. And, it will require voters to vote for non-Democrat candidates who have a reasonable chance of winning their race.

Whether you like it or not, the Governor elected on Tuesday will be Pro-Choice. There is no question about that. The choice you do have as a voter, do you want a Governor who supports government funded abortions or not? Knute Buehler, the Republican candidate, does not support government funded abortions, nor does he support late term abortions. Kate Brown, however, supports both late term and government funded abortions.

Kate Brown has also made it clear, in her words, “Gun Safety”, but what she means, “gun control and confiscation” are priority items. She fully intends to strip away even more rights of Oregon gun owners. Buehler has been accused of being anti 2nd Amendment. His voting record as a legislator has proved this to be not true. Most of the gun legislation brought before the house he has voted to protect the gun owner’s rights. As a voter, do you want more rights removed?

There are other races on your ballot that are just as important: Senate, House, City Mayors and Councilors, state measures and more.

Because Oregon is on the cusp of un-checked control from a Democrat legislation, it is imperative that Republican legislators be elected. We, as voters, must as ourselves, do we want more and higher taxes, do we want our veterans take a back seat to those living here in Oregon illegally from other countries, and do we want our personal beliefs held in check? If the answer is no, voters must vote for the Republican Senate and House candidate to keep the Democrat agenda under control.

Republican candidates will need Independent, non-Affiliate Voters, Constitutionalists, Green and all the other parties support. Yes, even the support of Democrat voters. Many of our state legislators continue to be elected in Democrat controlled districts, so it can be done. Even Dennis Richardson won an office not held by a Republican for many, many years.

We all have personal beliefs, we all have pride and we all have convictions. But we all must be realistic as well. In Oregon, only a Republican or Democrat will be elected to a state office. It has nothing to do with beliefs, prejudices or politics. It is as simple as numbers. Democrats, Republicans and non-affiliated make up the vast majority of registered voters. To end the tyrannical rule of the Democrats in Oregon, ballots must be cast for Republicans. Votes for any other candidate or party virtually guarantees a Democrat controlled legislation.

All votes are important.

Vote for the Republican candidate to stop the Democrat agenda.

Remember, the future of Oregon is in the voter’s hands.

 

About the Author: Ron Le Blanc is the Past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party. He is also a small business owner and a retired Deputy Sheriff.

Standard Disclaimer: The opinions stated by the author may not be those of the Clackamas County Republican Party

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.

Be an Informed Voter: Learn the Facts

The November Mid-term Election is just around the corner. Many people have already decided how they will vote, and many have not. Whichever category you fall into, be informed about your candidate or measure. Learn the facts supporting your decision.

Where do I get the facts?

There are a few places to look. One such place is a Pulitzer Prize winning fact check website, PolitiFact.com. Their link is http://www.politifact.com. Their website states, “PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking journalism website aimed at bringing you the truth in politics.”

History is a good indicator of the future. Look into a Candidate’s past. If they are an incumbent, what was their voting history, what bills did they introduce or support, and did they cater to special interest groups. Personal background is just as important: a person’s personal behavior can demonstrate how they will act while in office.

Attend candidate forums. You will have the opportunity to listen to candidates speak for themselves. Sometimes, you may have the opportunity to speak to the candidate in person.

When it comes to Ballot Measures, it is often a good idea to read the entire measure as it is written.

Who can I believe?

We often look to the newspapers for news. But it seems these days true news is no longer being reported, but a reporter’s, or the editorial staff’s opinions often taints the reality of the news we read or see.

If you seek out a friend’s advice, ask their source. Is it opinion, or are the “facts” they are stating coming from a credible source.

Many people search out such websites as Wikipedia and Snopes. Neither is a reliable source. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is based upon public submissions. So called facts on this site can change daily depending on submissions of the online users. As for Snopes, this website has been proven to lean toward the liberal side when stating their opinion of the facts. This site is run solely by a husband and wife team with no investigative experience and liberal leaning tendencies.

The Clackamas County Republican Party does its best to bring you unbiased, fact based information. You can find more information from their website at www.ClackamasCountyRepublicans.org.

In conclusion:

It is easy to vote with your heart, your emotions. But an efficient, well governed body must set aside their emotions, their personal interests, as difficult as that may be. Your candidate of choice must make decisions that are best for the wellbeing of the nation, each state, and your city. Sometimes we need to take a deep breath, be realistic as to what would be nice to have versus what we need to have.

Take a long look at the candidates that are running for office this November. Are they tugging at your heart strings, or are they being realistic as to what is best for you, your city, our state and country. If you answer this honestly, your decision will be to support the Republican Candidate on your ballot.

Author: Ron Le Blanc. Past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party

 

Standard Disclaimer: Opinions and statements may not expressed in this article may not be those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.