In doing so, they joined Jefferson and Union counties, which passed similar resolutions in the November election. The plan was most popular in Lake County, where 74% of voters supported the plan while 62% of voters in Grant and Sherman counties supported it. The closest vote was in Malheur County, where approval was 54%. (The turnout was below 50% in every county, with the exception of Sherman, which attracted 51% of registered voters.)
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants to leave Oregon,” Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Greater Idaho Border, said in a statement. “If Oregon truly believes in liberal values like self-determination, the law will not hold our counties captive against our will. If we get to choose which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote which government we want, too.”
Republican officials in Idaho are clearly open to the plan. “I understand why a lot of people want to be Idaho,” said Governor Brad Little in a statement. However, the decision to change the borders of Idaho and Oregon would have to go through law in both states and the US Congress for approval. A lot has to happen before the limit of possibility is. “
The plan would place 22 of Oregon’s 36 counties under Idaho jurisdiction. Oregon’s democratically controlled legislature is unlikely to endorse such a plan.
Other versions of the Greater Idaho proposal would include some counties in northern California and others in eastern Washington. A similar proposal to carve out a 51st state out of the Conservative counties of east Washington called “Liberty” has been enthusiastically endorsed by several far-right factions in the region, led by ex-extremist lawmaker Matt Shea.
This type of quasi-secessionist campaign has been floating around among right-wing extremists for many years in what the Southern Poverty Law Center aptly describes as the “long history of discontent, racists and secessionists actively promoting politics through state-level allies in the country. “Neo-Confederates have advocated a” second secession “of the southern states, while Texas has hosted a variety of” Texas Republic “programs by far-right” patriots. “In recent years there have been conspiracy theorists who claim the United Nations did Secretly overseeing federal environmental regulations, attempting to create a “Jefferson State” in Northern California.
“We firmly believe that there is a plan to destroy America in its current form and to repeal the constitution of the country’s law and place ourselves under a world order,” said Robert “Red” Smith, a leader of the “Jefferson” State, “said 2016 in Redding, California, to a room full of listeners.” I mean, it is time to stop talking about it and really open your eyes and understand that this is the battle we are in. “
The districts in eastern Oregon that want to join Idaho, as well as the districts in eastern Washington, are also part of what other right-wing patriot organizers refer to as “American Redoubt,” a kind of survival-oriented anti-government movement that seeks to create a separate government entity that would bring all of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming together.
“I would like to see the American Redoubt have some autonomy over what we popularly know as the United States,” said founder John Wesley, Rawles (the comma in his name is an interference with the sovereign citizens’ movement) Year 2014. “I would like to see the American Redoubt basically become a stronghold of conservative, traditional values while the rest of the United States is forgotten.”
The looming secession has long been a predictable Republican response to losing elections. In 2008-2009 Texas led A parade of states in which officials discussed the possibility of unilaterally leaving the union after Barack Obama won the presidency. The idea was also well received in the right-wing media; Glenn Beck from Fox News in particular, he helped found the secession with his daily show.
The same happened again in 2012-2013 after Obama’s re-election. Something eight states In December, secession motions were successfully filed on a White House website, although the motions were, of course, rejected as unconstitutional. Texas again led the pack with 117,373 digital signatures.
Other secessionist movements, including one in Maryland, are again forming a 51st State, participated in the celebrations of the Sore Losers. As I observed at the time::
This is the reaction we’ve come to know and expect from people on the hard edges of the American right: after all, they don’t really believe in democracy. They do not believe in coming to terms with other citizens who believe differently, who pray differently, who dress and wear their hair and clothes differently, eat differently and, above all, think differently from them.
They like the idea of America as a great all-white nation. They don’t like the idea of America as a democracy.
Their aversion to democracy always creeps in, even in their conspiracy theories (how many times have we heard the far-right refrain “This is a republic, not a democracy!”) But more importantly, in their actions and political strategies. most recently embodied in the eradication of the suffrage law and ongoing efforts to suppress the electorate by Conservative Republicans.
And when they realize they will not prevail, their solution is not to accept the verdict of democracy. Your solution is to get off.