When you hear of liberal states, most people think of California, New York, Vermont, Maryland and Illinois as being among the more liberal of them all. Some may even consider Colorado and Washington in that category, but I frequently find that fewer people think about Oregon as being one of the more liberal states in America.
Did you know that Oregon was the first state to legalize doctor assisted suicide? According to Oregon Health Authority:
“On October 27, 1997, Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act which allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose.”
Oregon was one of many states to legalize same-sex marriages before the Supreme Court ruling. They legalized same-sex marriage on May 19, 2014 and the infamous and wrong Supreme Court ruling was announced on June 26, 2015.
On July 1, 2015, Oregon became one of a handful of states to step out and legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The state law allows anyone 21 and older to possess marijuana and to grow it in their backyards.
In March 2015, I reported:
“Oregon is not only issuing driver’s licenses to illegals, but Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, just signed a bill into law that automatically takes anyone obtaining a state driver’s license and registers them to vote. It doesn’t matter if the person wants to be registered to vote or not, they are automatically on the rolls to allow them to vote at the polls.”
“The logic behind the law, at least what liberals used to sell it, is that all of the basic personal information needed to register to vote – name, age, residence, citizenship and electronic signature – is made available when obtaining a driver’s license. Since the Department of Transportation has all of the information why not automatically share with state election officials. Instead of sending out cards to everyone obtaining a driver’s license and asking if they want to opt in to be registered, the cards will now ask if they want to opt out of being registered.”
“All illegal aliens have to do is apply for a valid Oregon driver’s license, pass the test, lie about their citizenship and they will be automatically registered to vote.”
If you look at the state’s government, you will understand why all of this has been happening. Currently, the Democrats hold a 17-13 majority in the state Senate and an 35-25 majority in the state House. Their current governor, Kate Brown, has been in office since February 2015 and made history as the first openly bi-sexual person to be governor of any state in the US.
However, all is not lost as conservatives in the state have been working hard to fight the rampant liberalism that is quickly eroding the culture of the state.
Oregon became the first state to declare itself a sanctuary state, but, like some city officials in California, not everyone in Oregon supports the state’s sanctuary status.
A campaign was mounted in the state by several groups, including the Federation for American Immigration Reform to collect enough signatures to bring the issue of Oregon being a sanctuary state to voters on this November’s election. Even though groups protecting illegal aliens outspent those pushing to get the initiative on the November ballot by 10-1, still over 110,000 signatures were collected and the initiative will be on the ballot and left up to voters. It will definitely be a ballot issue worth watching.
Another ballot issue to face Oregon voters in November is whether or not to use tax dollars to fund abortions as reported:
“Pro-lifers in Oregon have worked for years to allow voters to decide if their tax dollars should pay for abortions and now that effort is paying off.”
“Oregon Life United is using a ballot initiative to put the issue before the public, and OLU spokesman Jeff Jimerson says a seven-year effort involved more than 10,000 volunteers and lots of churches to gather enough signatures for a ballot initiative.”
November will reveal just how liberal or conservative Oregon voters really are. If one or both of these ballot measures pass, then there is victory, but if they both fail, it will reveal just lost and brainwashed the citizenry of Oregon really are.
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