Has the Commonwealth initiated yet another trend? USA Today reports a grass-roots movement in Oregon to have several counties secede from the state to join with Idaho as a new entity called Greater Idaho. The move is spurred by a sense among its advocates that the liberal tilt in Oregon’s governance has gone too far, encroaching upon gun rights, among other things. Petitions to place secession on a referendum ballot are circulating. Sound familiar?
[There is] a grass-roots movement in Oregon to have two counties secede from the state to join with Idaho as a new entity called Greater Idaho . . . the liberal tilt in Oregon’s governance has gone too far, encroaching upon gun rights.
“Rural counties have become increasingly outraged by laws coming out of the Oregon Legislature that threaten our livelihoods, our industries, our wallet, our gun rights, and our values,” said one of the chief petitioners in a press release. “We tried voting those legislators out but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored. This is our last resort.”
The last resort conclusion has also been fueled by persistent fears of California residents immigrating to Oregon and Idaho leading to the creation of bumper stickers with the message: Don’t Californicate Idaho. Promoters of the secession movement plan to recruit several northern California counties. Crucially, supporters of the new jurisdiction note that its success would provide Idaho its first ocean port. An Oregon state legislator in favor of the secession stated that it would be in the best interest to let Portland be Oregon and let us secede to Idaho.
This political view echoes that heard in the Commonwealth, with a similar conclusion: If you can’t beat ‘em, leave ‘em. In the past few weeks, residents of the Old Dominion were encouraged by appeals from Jerry Falwell, Jr., and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice urging Virginians to lay down their hoes and rakes, take up their arms and join the Mountaineer state.
However, a few right wing conspiracy theorists have denounced both appeals as covert Democratic and liberal plans to diminish the conservative populations of the two jurisdictions, affording the libtards complete control of the Electoral College votes in each state.
The anti-secession sentiment developed as a result of a rumor about a bill to be introduced into the General Assembly that seeks to allocate substantial funding to purchase Conestoga wagons and mule trains to transport pioneer Virginians to the Northwest to join the secessionists there. This intra-right wing controversy may cause a split in political tactics, with several established gun rights organizations celebrating the delay of assault ban legislation. In effect, a “fight or flight” conflict may emerge.
Yet another right wing splinter group, more radical than the others, advocates a “fight and blight” movement, whereby Virginia’s political leadership would become virtually 100% Democratic or liberal, ultimately causing a collapse of such a dictatorship government in favor of surviving conservative interests. The liberal regime would fade away, leaving a perfectly idyllic jurisdiction. Something akin to the dictatorship of the proletariat.
VoxFairfax was unsuccessful in obtaining comment from QAnon, Breitbart, and Steve Miller regarding the credibility of the competing claims.
VoxFairfax was unsuccessful in obtaining comment from QAnon, Breitbart, and Steve Miller regarding the credibility of the competing claims. Miller’s office related that he was still on his honeymoon in Whitefish (how appropriate), MT, as a guest of Richard Spencer. Officials in Idaho were reluctant to offer any information on the secession, stating that they feared that annexed Oregonians might perceive negative inferences in becoming subjects of Greater Idaho. Some Oregon political leaders anonymously commented that their state might benefit from a smaller, more Democratic population.
In reality, it is impolitic and impractical for such migratory movements or secessions to be based on account of political views. There already exist real estate companies that will locate and find amenable living locales for folks requiring amenable political views in their neighborhoods. Moreover, the 14th Amendment guarantees every state resident of the US the privileges and immunities of every other state making political isolation an extremely difficult if not impossible stretch.
Ironically, there may be other factors at work here. Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation; its neighbor, Wyoming, is dead last. Wyoming’s residents are fleeing to Idaho. Nudging Wyoming, at second to last, is West Virginia. Why? Historic reliance on the dying coal industry. Idaho moved on from mining long ago, stepping first into agriculture and forestry, and later into manufacturing, technology, and services. And Boise (Idaho) is booming. Most newcomers have settled in the capital and the cities and suburbs surrounding it, creating an urban/suburban sprawl. Newcomers appear to be drawn by the city’s dynamism and low cost of living in a state that has the fourth lowest cost of living in the nation. California’s 39 million residents are within a few hours by auto.