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Past vs Present – Why ordinary Americans feel out of touch with today’s politician/kings

harry-s-truman-retirementHarry & Bess

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!

The Ambush and Death of LaVoy Finicum

From eyewitness Victoria Sharp: “He’s like, just shoot me then, just shoot me — and they did, they shot him dead,” Sharp said. “They shot him right there, he was just walking — I saw it. I swear to God, he was just walking with his hands in the air.”

2016 Ted Cruz Campaign Ad – Invasion

Ted Cruz With Steven Crowder

Talk radio host Steven Crowder interviews Ted Cruz. A good, frank discussion that provides a personal view of this leading Republican candidate.

Leadership Change


Union County Republicans,

Doug Osburn has resigned as Union Co. Republican Central Committee Chairman to pursue other political interests. The Executive Board has appointed me as chairman pro-tem until our next meeting, which will be held on January 6, 2016, 12 noon, at the Flying J Restaurant. At that time we will hold an election for committee chairman along with other business. That term will run until November 2016. Anyone that is interested in running for the chairman position please plan on attending the January meeting for nomination. I plan on running for the position.  Please note that only elected Precinct Committee Persons (PCP’s) will be eligible to vote for the new chairman.

The Executive Board will be holding a couple of meetings in December to organize and plan for the coming year. Next year will be a busy as their will be national, state, and county elections. We hope that all the PCP’s will get involved as we will need a lot of help. Please invite your fellow Republicans to get involved and bring them to the monthly Republican meetings.

We will send out a reminder email and also be doing some phone calls.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to call or email me.

Fred Hawkins, Chairman Pro-Tem
541 910-0041

Hillary Zombies

Illustrating why intelligent political discourse can be difficult in America today.

Here’s What Would Be Happening if President Romney Had Bombed a Hospital in Afghanistan


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.

Burgers ‘N Politics


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A Christian Argument: Getting Government Out of Marriage




Update from the State Legislature


I attended a Memorial Day service at Valley View Cemetery in Salem last week.  What a humbling privilege to sit in attendance as they honored the fallen from the past to present.  The keynote speaker at this event was Stu Webber from Boring Oregon.  Stu was an Army Ranger in Viet Nam and then returned to Pastor a church for 30 years before retiring.  He started by stating how powerful the word “remember” is.  Remembering can bring about a plethora of different feelings and emotions both good and bad; as well as the danger of living in the past without an eye on the present and another on the future.  He spoke of his training and how it was important for a soldier to be not only physically and tactically fit, but also to be spiritually fit, that the soul, heart and spirit of the soldier is everything.  It’s not the size of the weapon or the strategic air support, but the size of the heart.


He spoke of personal responsibility in leadership and made the point that if we can’t govern ourselves responsibly, how is it possible to govern a nation?  I won’t give the whole message, but he traveled through history starting 3500 years ago in the book of Joshua and taking it to the present giving examples of men and women with great hearts.   Caleb and Joshua and 10 other men who came back from Canaan with differing perspectives, but it was Joshua who basically said, we can take the land and he spoke this because it was “in his heart”.


Toward the end of his speech, He spoke from the true soldiers’ heart:  “If I thought this body was my own, I couldn’t engage in combat.  But it is not my own, it belongs to God, my wife, my children and to a nation and its future, that in order to provide that future, today must be a part of something much larger than yourself”.


It was refreshing and encouraging to hear these words as we wind down a legislative session that will continue to form the future of Oregon. And although some days seem bleak the duty is still ours and we must keep the heart attitude to continue the fight for our future.


 State Outline PERS Logo There has been legislation this year that will, in my opinion, not be healthy for the state.  There has been a Supreme Court decision on PERS that will continue to cost the state future dollars.  Also looming will be another Federal Supreme Court decision announced in June or July that will potentially throw our health care into more disarray as if there has not been enough of that over the last 6 years.  As if that were not enough, there is also the potential cost of Obamacare’s Cadillac tax that could cost the state 500,000 to a billion dollars in taxes to the Federal Government.Click Here to read more
 taxcredit_crop On a more local level, there is a bill in Revenue, House Bill 3034 that will be worked next week that will start charging our local hospitals for property tax.  In an era when we should be doing everything we can to reduce health care, the state cannot help itself from reaching into your pockets for more.On top of that, also in Revenue Committee, all of the tax credit bills are being piled into one omnibus bill, along with tax bills, with the idea of keeping the omnibus bill revenue neutral, so it won’t come across as a tax bill that would require a three fifths majority to pass.  It could be passed on simply a majority.  There are some simple tax credit bills, that will not even get a hearing.Click Here to read more
 oregonhouseofreps_crop Early in the Session I proposed a simple bill, HB 3403, that would reduce by percentage on state income tax for an increase of employees hired, so if a business increases their full time employment by 20%, they would receive a 40% discount on state income tax.  The idea would really help small businesses that were just starting up to increase their working capital that is needed in the early years.I signed on to a bill introduced by Representative Jodi Hack, HB 3189, that would give rural fire department volunteers a 250 dollar a year tax credit for the time and training they  put in every year.  Volunteer firefighters need to put in 70 hours of training each year to stay current according to state standards.This was a very simple and low cost incentive that made sense and was not even given a hearing. So, what was the reason for these actions by the chair of Revenue?  The state needs more money!!!  We can’t be giving more away!!  So any small encouragement to the communities and their volunteer fire fighters is too much for the state to consider? Any incentives to promote businesses today in order to grow the economy for the future are dead in their tracks.Taking people off of unemployment and placing them in jobs is too much to ask?With all these decisions, I feel like, to quote an old Kris Kristofferson song,  “we’re trading in tomorrow for today”.
 highway_crop Another revelation this year has been HB 3402, a speed limit increase bill that passed through committee unanimously and was then sent down to Ways and Means.  It was given a fiscal from ODOT of $700,000.00 for highway signs and a study.  125 of those signs were quoted at $3500.00 each for replacing them on rural highways.I am trying to get a breakdown on those sign costs in order to argue the issue.  100,000.00 of the cost was for a study, which recently another Representative said was done just 3 years ago.  I need to get details on the study, but if it pertains to speed on corners and the grade of those corners, I would think that information would be logged in a data spread sheet with ODOT.When it comes to spending state dollars(the taxpayers money), I would agree with commissioner Susan Roberts who said the money would be spent more wisely elsewhere, like increasing compensation for wolf predation when the ranchers are only seeing on average a 25% recoup on their wolf kill losses.

email: I phone: 503-986-1458
address: 900 Court St NE, H-384, Salem, OR 97301

The United States of Mexico

Disclaimer: I have absolutely nothing against folks who immigrate to the United States legally in an orderly  manner.  If they want to come here, I think they should learn English, American history and culture, study our constitution, respect our laws and salute our American Stars & Stripes flag.  In short; they should assimilate and be proud to be an American.  I was once fluent in the Spanish language and I lived in Venezuela for two years.  Skin color is not the issue.  I love the people from Mexico, Central America and South America.  I don’t like their culture.  The issue is enforcement of the rule of law.  If the Mexican “culture” is imported to the United States I think it would be a disaster:


Case in point: California.  Please don’t Cali fornicate the United States:


Most Democrats think illegal immigrants should vote!


Obama is fundamentally changing America by releasing criminal illegal immigrants into the general populace rather than deporting them:


Because of the growing number of entitlement-minded voters, Hillary Clinton can run as her true self:


VIDEO: America is the most generous country in the world:


VIDEO: Jorge Ramos of the Fusion Network invites Ann Coulter for a little chat on immigration:


More on the Ann Coulter interview:


Illegal immigrant reveals a desire to limit American free speech rights:


Some studies suggest that there are 30 million undocumented immigrants in America.  A very large percentage are from Mexico.  To put that in perspective; it is interesting to note that the entire population of Mexico is around 120 million.  If the Mexican culture is so great…why are they only swimming one way?


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Republican Party Strength

This graph measures party strength at a national and state level, including President, House, Senate, State Governors, and State Legislatures.


Mike Lee explains why excessive federal land ownership is a bad idea for ALL Americans

CR Second Amendment Week- Gun Drawing


OSU CR Second Amendment Week

Get your tickets for our drawing now!

Dear Union County Republicans ,College Republicans are hosting their 10th Annual Second Amendment week. Lars Larson will be doing his live radio show in the Oregon State University Quad tomorrow from 12-6. You can also Buy tickets for our Firearm Drawing Fundraiser. We have a Sig Sauer 250SC-380, Remington Model 870 Express, Ultimate Gun Range Pack, and more. Tickets are 1 for $5, 5 for $20, or 33 for $100. All proceeds help support College Republican events.Thanks for your support,Donald Handeland
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Second Amendment Tickets

We are selling tickets for our 10th annual Second Amendment Week. All proceeds benefit the Oregon State University College Republicans.

  • Sig Sauer 250SC-380
  • Remington Model 870 Express
  • Ultimate Gun Range Pack
  • and more
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Top 7 Ways to Support the Second Amendment at OSU


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Democracy vs Republic

The most important distinction is that a Republic is a system of laws that guarantee, in our case, the “inalienable rights” set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. As a Republic these laws protect the rights of the minority even if the majority disagree. In other words, no mob rule allowed. It is important to understand this principle so it can be applied and protected.