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The Real Story in Washington

Wow, even though I knew most of it, I’ll never again look at Washington politics in quite the same way. Fiat justitia ruat caelum

ORP Platform – 09/08/2015









Big news in the world of Republican Politics


Today there is some big news in the world of Republican politics.  We all know that the Oregon Republican Party is not the Washington D.C. establishment you hear about.  However, often Oregonians are upset with the ORP for what goes on with the elected leaders from other states and even those who are in charge at the national level.  We hear you! Many times your local Republican leaders are among those rallying the loudest for change at the national level as well as here in Oregon.  That is one of the reasons republicans across this state are working so hard to implement the new plan for Republican Victory in Oregon in 2016.  In Oregon, your Republican Party is working to change government at the local and national level.

We hear your concerns about not getting enough change while Obama is still President, and we hear the complaints about “establishment” not standing up strong enough for our Republican principles.  We want you to know that we aren’t the establishment and want conservative solutions just as much as you do! We know that you don’t want your candidates to be anything like the Democrats.  These are some of the reasons we are working with your local Republican leaders at all levels of Oregon politics to build a new strong Republican Party.

We are building an Oregon Republican Party that can win and save our state from the failed policies and corruption of the Democrats. However, with your help we can do that both in Oregon AND in D.C. as we elect more strong Republicans to Congress, the Senate, and to statewide offices in Oregon.  That is how we can do our part in Oregon to shape the leadership and direction in Washington D.C.

Your Oregon Republican Party continues to:

  • Call for an end to Obamacare as Americans see their Obamacare subsidies come to an end and insurance premiums skyrocket.
  • Call for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
  • Plan to make Oregon a Right to Work state and give many Oregonians back their $200-$300 per month that is taken away by union dues that go straight to Democrat campaigns.
  • Oppose the closing and waste of our forests and timberlands while our families in rural communities suffer.
  • Fight to improve our schools and educational opportunities through competition and school choice.
  • Fight to roll back the infringements on your First and Second Amendment rights.
  • Battle tax and fee increases coming from the Democrats’ insatiable appetite for your money.
  • Lead the charge to end the culture of corruption that has plagued our state from nearly 3 decades of Democrat power.
  • Take every opportunity to remove layer after layer of government red tape to give all Oregonians an opportunity to succeed.

We need your help, we need your input. The success of your Republican Party in saving this state depends on you and those like you.  Can you volunteer? Can you donate? Can you help us influence others to join us in this fight?   Click here to let us know or to take our survey. You can find out more about what you can do to help or find out when events will be by contacting your local republican leaders.  Click here to find out how to contact leaders in your area.

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Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.

The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right – it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.

It’s been said that the Second Amendment is America’s first freedom. That’s because the Right to Keep and Bear Arms protects all our other rights. We are the only country in the world that has a Second Amendment. Protecting that freedom is imperative. Here’s how we will do that:

Enforce The Laws On The Books

We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. The Obama administration’s record on that is abysmal. Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control. Drug dealers and gang members are given a slap on the wrist and turned loose on the street. This needs to stop.

Several years ago there was a tremendous program in Richmond, Virginia called Project Exile. It said that if a violent felon uses a gun to commit a crime, you will be prosecuted in federal court and go to prison for five years – no parole or early release. Obama’s former Attorney General, Eric Holder, called that a “cookie cutter” program. That’s ridiculous. I call that program a success. Murders committed with guns in Richmond decreased by over 60% when Project Exile was in place – in the first two years of the program alone, 350 armed felons were taken off the street.

Why does that matter to law-abiding gun owners? Because they’re the ones who anti-gun politicians and the media blame when criminals misuse guns. We need to bring back and expand programs like Project Exile and get gang members and drug dealers off the street. When we do, crime will go down and our cities and communities will be safer places to live.

Here’s another important way to fight crime – empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Law enforcement is great, they do a tremendous job, but they can’t be everywhere all of the time. Our personal protection is ultimately up to us. That’s why I’m a gun owner, that’s why I have a concealed carry permit, and that’s why tens of millions of Americans have concealed carry permits as well. It’s just common sense. To make America great again, we’re going to go after criminals and put the law back on the side of the law-abiding.

Fix Our Broken Mental Health System

Let’s be clear about this. Our mental health system is broken. It needs to be fixed. Too many politicians have ignored this problem for too long.

All of the tragic mass murders that occurred in the past several years have something in common – there were red flags that were ignored. We can’t allow that to continue. We need to expand treatment programs, because most people with mental health problems aren’t violent, they just need help. But for those who are violent, a danger to themselves or others, we need to get them off the street before they can terrorize our communities. This is just common sense.

And why does this matter to law-abiding gun owners? Once again, because they get blamed by anti-gun politicians, gun control groups and the media for the acts of deranged madmen. When one of these tragedies occurs, we can count on two things: one, that opponents of gun rights will immediately exploit it to push their political agenda; and two, that none of their so-called “solutions” would have prevented the tragedy in the first place. They’ve even admitted it.

We need real solutions to address real problems. Not grandstanding or political agendas.

Defend The Rights of Law-Abiding Gun Owners

GUN AND MAGAZINE BANS. Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That’s been proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.

BACKGROUND CHECKS. There has been a national background check system in place since 1998. Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. Study after study has shown that very few criminals are stupid enough to try and pass a background check – they get their guns from friends/family members or by stealing them. So the overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners. When the system was created, gun owners were promised that it would be instant, accurate and fair. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case today. Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system – and it should go without saying that a system’s only going to be as effective as the records that are put into it. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.

NATIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY. The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

MILITARY BASES AND RECRUITING CENTERS. Banning our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous. We train our military how to safely and responsibly use firearms, but our current policies leave them defenseless. To make America great again, we need a strong military. To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves.

Now is the Time for Reform

The Democrats are destroying America…and the establishment Republicans are not stopping them.  Now is the time for reform!  We need someone from outside Washington DC to take a wrecking ball to the federal government and to begin to undo the horrendous damage of the Obama years.  We are losing our religious liberty and our right to free speech (1st amendment) and the right to keep and bear arms is under constant attack (2nd amendment).  Down with liberal media bias, political correctness and big government tyranny.  Up with Judeo-Christian values, freedom and liberty!


Are you concerned, angry or frustrated?  Take a stand!  Get involved with the campaign of your choice:

Make America Great Again! Donald Trump web site:

Ted Cruz 2016:

Ben Carson for President 2016:

Carly for President:


Ben Carson is right!  Sharia law and The United States Constitution are NOT compatible.  How can a religion which denies the right to worship to all other religions be in harmony with our constitutional law? It cannot be:


Ben Carson and Donald trump take a stand against Sharia:


The Tea Party rallies against the horrible surrender-to-Iran deal: The Republican-controlled House of Representatives votes against it:


Gun Owners of America endorse Ted Cruz for President:


Hillary Clinton hates the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution:


Civil unrest, which is increasing in Liberal Democrat-controlled cities, leads to record gun purchases:  Taxpayers are leaving Democrat-run states for Republican ones:


America’s greatness is derived form it’s free citizens, not from the government:


Defund Planned Parenthood:


Joe Biden sticks his foot in in mouth again:


The Obama Legacy:


It can’t come soon enough!  The End is Near:


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Marijuana Opt-out Statement

The following statement from the UCRCC executive committee was shared with the Union County commissioners at the September 16 public hearing:

The Union County Republican Executive Committee urges caution on the issue of recreational marijuana usage. Rather than risk a negative impact on our quality of life in Union County, we believe the county should slow down and “opt-out” at this time to further evaluate the serious concerns that currently exist. We know that many professional medical organizations, including the AMA, are either opposed to recreational use or are urging extreme caution. We note the concern of local law enforcement and that the voters of Union County have voted to opt-out at this time. For all these reasons we recommend a YES vote on the issue of opt-out for recreational marijuana use.

What Is Religious Freedom?

Dr Mister President

Fills me with hope when I see the younger generation that “gets it”. Betcha he’s home schooled too.

Middle Class Income

Why the economy isn’t what it is cracked up to be…


California Drought


Why We Are Losing Liberty

Motor Voter Public Input Meeting

From  Sandy Raddue, ORP Election Integrity chair:

I’ve been in this position about 3 years now, and we’ve seen some really questionable changes in our election laws during that time in Salem!

The new Automatic Voter Registration law, AKA Motor Voter, is going to take effect in Oregon in Jan. 2016. The Secretary of State is seeking review and comment on the DRAFT OMV Administrative Rule manual. We have an opportunity over the next 3 weeks to impact this implementation.

I’m hoping you’ll be able to either attend one of the meetings across the state, or submit written testimony to the State Elections Dept.

… There are 3 areas of greatest concern. Those are:

  1. The Elections office has decided to include electronic updating of voter registration information for those who already have a drivers license or ID card – this was NOT in the original scope of the bill.
  1. 17 year old registered “pre-voters” will have contact information made public. I recently found out that this is CURRENTLY the policy (!!!) – this seems like a great time to fix this part of the voter registration law, since Oregoninas were assured assured that minor’s information WOULD BE PROTECTED from being made public. They need to hear from us about this.
  1. Many Oregonians expressed concern over data security, especially based on the history of Oregon and their poor record of handling secure data.

This is NOT adequately addressed in this manual, and in fact, the 2014 task force put together to review DMV Customer Service made specific, URGENT recommendations for updating the DMV computer system, which was originally implemented 40 years ago!

Meeting times can be found at

Burgers ‘N Politics



The official jobs report said that the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August. Here is what it didn’t say: at the end of August, there were 698,000 fewer native-born Americans with jobs than there were at the beginning of the month.


Since December 2007, only 790,000 native born American jobs have been added. Contrast that with the 2.1 million foreign-born workers.

Tribalism in Politics

This is one of the saddest polls I have ever seen. It means people are responding to who says it rather than what is being said.


Ted Cruz on “Climate Change”

As a champion debater he knows how to frame and not frame the issue. Cruz 1, Questioner 0

What You Weren’t Told About The Minimum Wage

Facts are stubborn things.

Abraham Trumps Gettysburg Address

This is a humor post but just to be clear, IMO, Trump would trump our current president by far.


November 19, 1863 – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – President Abraham Trump delivers his famous address


Thanks. What an incredible crowd. They tell me this is the biggest crowd in the history of the North.

A while back some founders got together. And I mean they were good people but they really didn’t know anything about building a country. C’mon, you know, let’s face facts. Franklin with his little glasses and Washington with those horrible dentures — it was a nightmare. They didn’t know what the hell they were doing.

So then everyone comes to me and they say, “Please help us we’re in this terrible mess.” And believe me I knew this was gonna happen because our leaders were a total disaster who didn’t have a clue how to negotiate. Not the first clue, OK. It’s crazy. And I knew em all. Millard Filmore? The guy was a trainwreck. Franklin Pierce? A complete moron. Moron. And then James Buchanan they say dressed up like a woman if you can even believe it. I could tell you stories.

I mean they’re useless but I did business with ’em because I’m a businessman. It’s what I do. I traded cotton. I traded tobacco. I built the biggest plantations in the world. In fact I’ll tell you a story. Jefferson Davis came to me and begged me — begged me to live on a beautiful plantation that I had built in Mississippi. And it was beautiful, everything top notch and luxurious. I mean not the slave cabins ’cause they’re built for slaves. But everything was great and he’s pleading with me and what am I gonna say, “No”? So I sold it to him for an unbelievable profit. Largest profit ever made on a plantation sale. Hundreds of dollars in profit all pre-Confederate, which two centuries from now will be worth around $10 billion if maybe I decide to leave any to my kids. Who knows. We’ll see. And I say that not to brag just to give you an idea what’s what.

And by the way the slaves love me. Love me. The food portions. The amount of sleep. They’re nuts about me. If they end up freed when this is all over I will win the slave vote.

Anyway our politicians are the worst, they’re total failures and they didn’t let the South go bye bye and so I pick up the paper today and I read Salmon Chase may run against me in ’64! This idiot is in my own cabinet. And I like my cabinet, most of them have terrible beards but they’re OK. They follow orders. First of all what kind of name is Salmon? Should be a harpooneer on a whaling ship with a name like that. So I thought to myself, Salmon Chase, isn’t he the guy who night and day pleaded for a job with me after I kicked his ass at the convention in 1860? It was. I even found his telegraph number, give it a try see if it works. Dot dot dash dash dash dot dash dot dot dot dash.

And I can just hear the papers: “Abraham’s attacking again. He’s saying terrible things.” No. I say what I say because I’m honest. And I’m actually doing my job. Not like those nitwits in Washington. I mean I’m out here opening a cemetery for Christ sake! And as I look at this place I’m thinking, “How could there have been so many casualties?” There’s rocks and orchards all around, if I had the time I’d develop the property, but you can’t tell me that if you call yourself a soldier and you hear a shell or something coming you couldn’t have found a place to hide. And incidentally, so what, now Meade is some kind of a great general because he defeated Pickett’s charge? You’re up on a ridge with all your cannons and everything and the other army is walking right toward you. I mean they’re literally walking. Who couldn’t win that!

The point is I’m up all hours saving the Union and then here we are in this cemetery and I’m supposed to do what? Honor the dead? They’re dead. They’re losers. How are we in debt to them? I hate to tell you, but I like the guys who didn’t die. I’ll honor some of them.

And speaking of honoring, they want me to wrap up so they can honor me at a dinner. I’m so in demand it’s insanity half the time. All I’m telling you is if you’re living everything is for you.

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