This edition of Quick Takes goes from Oregon to Idaho to Wyoming to Chicago.
Portland Is Crazy
The nation watched last year as daily riots consumed the city of Portland for more than two months, while the Mayor and District General made it de facto legal to riot as the DA refused to prosecute over 70% of the people arrested.
It seems much of the rest of Oregon had enough of the craziness. Voters in seven counties have now voted to put measures on the ballot to move their county from Oregon to become part of neighboring Idaho. The local elections this past Tuesday, Sherman, Lake, Grant, Baker and Malheur County voters approved measures to do so, joining Union and Jefferson Counties which had already do so.
The process to change state borders is complicated, requiring approval from both state’s legislatures and the US Congress. Yet, the organizing group behind the effort is serious about seeing it through and hopeful that 22 of Oregon’s 36 counties will join.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), daughter of former Congressman and official in many Republican administrations Dick Cheney, was removed by fellow Republicans from her leadership position in Congress because she was too vocal about President Trump’s responsibility for the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6. President Trump and a couple of her colleagues in Congress have said they will also work against her re-election and will promote other Republicans to run against her.
One of those who announced he would run against her is Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard. This week, Bouchard admitted that he fathered a child with a 14 year old girl when he was 18 years old, comparing it to “Romeo and Juliet” (in most states, the criminal code considers that statutory rape).
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz is one of Cheney’s colleagues in Congress who has said he will work for her defeat and he has already gone to Wyoming to campaign against her. Gaetz is himself a recent subject of a Federal investigation around allegations that he flew underage girls with him across state lines and had sex with them. This week, Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend agreed to cooperate with investigators according to reports. Also this week, Gaetz’s friend and political ally Joel Greenburg stuck a plea deal on his own charges related to payments to underage girls for sex, agreeing to help investigators in their case against Gaetz. Gaetz has denied ever paying for sex and ever having sex with underage girls.
With these as the most visible and vocal of Cheney’s opponents thus far, it may be that all she has to do to with re-election is to stay out of jail.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot this week announced a clearly racist policy of only doing interviews with non-white journalists. This was in response to the white and male dominated media, she said.
Even assuming she is right, her answer to injustice is not to fix it but to be unjust back. Imagine using the same logic regarding a murder, where rather than let the law convict and punish the murderer, the response is to kill the murderer and/or their family. That’s what Lightfoot is doing.
As concerning is that there is no outcry from the liberal elite. Racism is fine as long as it is anti-white racism. Equality is not the goal, revenge is the goal.
If we are ever to fix the problem of racism in society, it will only be when a person is judged “on the content of their character, not the color of their skin”. Lightfoot and the liberal elites never seemed to hear that speech and certainly haven’t learned that lesson.