|Josephine County, Striking a Blow for Liberty by host|
On November 5, the voters in Josephine County defeated four measures that sought to replace a major part of the county government with unelected officials who were to wield powers entirely beyond those that are consistent with American liberty and the rules of our Constituional Republic.
These measures were supported by the local Democrat Party, the local newspaper, and the County Board of Commissioners. Recognizing this danger to the liberty of Josephine County citizens, a Josephine County Citizens group working with the local Republican Party and the state of Oregon Republican Party, rose up and defeated these measures by large margins.
My family lives in Josephine County. I am delighted with this victory for liberty and the essential role that the Josephine County Republican Party and the state Oregon Republican Party played in this victory.
Early polls showed that these measures had a significant chance of passage. We took action. We quickly raised a small amount of money, sent out fliers, made and distributed about 2,000 lawn, car, and highway signs, and campaigned door to door. Volunteers from Lane County and Coos County worked beside us. And, we won - 79% to 21%
This project demonstrates that a group of determined citizens, working side by side, can achieve great success. Registration in Josephine County is 42% Republican. Yet, the vote against the measures was about 79%.
In Josephine County the real issue was Liberty - freedom from political and bureaucratic overreach. Liberty is a winning cause.
|Scott Carpenter – A Can-Do American by host|
When our world lost Scott Carpenter on October 10, 2013, it lost a quintessential “Can Do American.” It is with these three words that I am sure Scott Carpenter would most prefer to be remembered.
NASA no doubt knew what he was when he was selected as the backup pilot to John Glenn’s first American orbital space flight in February 1962 and then as pilot for America’s second orbital space flight in May of that year.
On that flight, when the orientation control system in his spacecraft failed, the entire American nation learned what he was when he piloted the machine by hand (orienting it by looking out the window), successfully landed in the ocean, and was found bobbing in his life raft 175 miles from the planned landing zone.
Failure was not an option for Americans of Scott Carpenter’s mettle. The machinery failed, but Scott didn’t. He brought that thing down out of the sky regardless of adversity.
Most Americans have no doubt read, in the many news stories published in October, of his many accomplishments in space exploration and undersea exploration. Older Americans may remember him best as the voice of the Apollo program - the astronaut designated to explain the moon missions to the public on radio and television during our nation's manned exploration or the moon.
Attendees at an annual scientific conference that I chair will remember Scott Carpenter also as a mild-mannered, friendly man who regularly attended the meetings, sometimes bringing along one or another of his astronaut friends.
And this is perhaps the point that Scott Carpenter might likely prefer that we mention here. Why has our nation been blessed with such men?
Our custom, culture, and heritage of American freedom is highly civilized. It is the result of thousands of years of experimentation in finding the most honorable, most ethical, and most beneficial way for men to live together. That way is individual liberty – a way that is memorialized throughout our literature – ancient, colonial, modern, and Biblical.
|Voting is Underway in Josephine County by host|
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|RNC Will Pay To Keep WWII Memorial Open by host|
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|ORP Urges US House of Representatives to Defund Obamacare 09-19-13 by host|
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|Reforming Immigration In Oregon - By Suzanne Gallagher, ORP Chair by host|
Reforming Immigration In Oregon
By Suzanne Gallagher
Chair, Oregon Republican Party
All Oregonians who believe in the rule of law should be outraged by the recent passage of Senate Bill 833, providing a 4-year Oregon Driver Privilege Card for illegal aliens. Oregon Democratic Senators and Representatives voted unanimously in favor. Governor Kitzhaber signed SB833 into law at a May Day Rally on the Capitol steps.
Representatives Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) and Sal Esquivel (R-Medford), and Oregonians for Immigration Reform Vice-President Richard LaMountain have filed a Referendum.
If Protect Oregon Driver Licenses successfully collects 58,142 valid signatures within 90 days of the close of the 2013 legislative session, voters will decide whether granting Driver Privilege Cards to illegal aliens is a good or bad idea. The following facts are compelling:
- Public Safety - The salient tool necessary for subversive terrorist acts is a valid state driver license. No wonder the 911 Commission recommended states secure driver licenses.
- Voter Integrity - According to current Oregon law, non-citizens can easily vote in local and state elections. If Secretary of State Kate Brown is successful in passing Universal Voter Registration, illegal aliens will vote.
- Taxpayer Cost - OFIR estimates that the annual cost to Oregon taxpayers for government services to illegal aliens, after any income tax revenue from them, is $1 Billion.
The Oregon Republican Party Platform supports enforcement of immigration laws and the security of US borders. Giving Driver Privilege Cards to individuals in our country illegally is in contradiction with this.
|Backwards Budgeting - By Suzanne Gallagher, ORP Chair by host|
By Suzanne Gallagher
Chair, Oregon Republican Party
Imagine your family received a 10 percent increase in income this year. Like most Oregonians, you'd be pretty happy. Knowing your new income level, you might retool your family budget a little; pay down some debt or save for a rainy day.
Oregon government has 10 percent more to spend this year. That means $1.7 billion more for the next two years. However, Democrats who control both legislative chambers are doing things backwards compared to Oregon families.
Successful budgeting - whether for a nation, a state, a business or a family - means following basic rules of logic and common sense. We start with an estimate of our expected income and develop a list of priority areas on which to spend that income in a reasoned and equitable manner. As time goes on, we may adjust our budget as income fluctuates. None of this is rocket science.. It is good old-fashion common sense and every responsible family does it.
What conscientious business or family would start their budget process with an imaginary or ideal income number plucked out of thin air? No, we start with a reasonable estimate of our net income - these days usually from a two-income family - and go from there.
And yet, the Democratic leadership of the Oregon Legislature is basing its budget on a fictional, made-up number! It's like family budgeting based on what they want to make, not on what they actually bring home. Sure, it's nice to occasionally fantasize about what to buy after hitting the Powerball(r) jackpot, but that is not the same as responsible budgeting.