Is that forest fire smoke or is it pot-smoke in the air? It is hard to tell given the promotion of legalized-weed all across the state of Oregon. Here in Klamath County, and more specifically in Klamath Falls, the cry for marijuana dispensaries and the embrace of growing of marijuana is led by a minority who are persistent, bold and sometimes annoying.
But before we as a community fall prey to the trappings of “economic development”, “agricultural diversity”, “personal liberty” and of course “increased tax revenue”, we should be certain to not inhale this rhetoric too deeply in order to think carefully about this topic.
When someone promotes the expansion of marijuana in our community, we need to ask “Do you also favor the legalization of cocaine, heroin and meth?” That may seem like an odd question, but it is the most important question. If the marijuana proponent says “No” then they are ignorant at best or deceptive at worst. Full acceptance of marijuana in Klamath County — growing it, selling it, using it — is just Step 1 of a two-step plan to legalize all hard drugs. Another way to think of it is, the legalization of marijuana is not alone.
The British Exit, or Brexit, from the European Union shocked the world on Thursday evening. Even a few years ago the idea of the EU’s largest economic member leaving the European Union was only left to pub-talks in rural English neighborhoods — and that was only after a few good pints.
51.8% of England decided enough was enough and voted to leave the “comfort and security” of the European Union. But why? Upon examination the ideas our jolly ol' friends from across the pond took to heart are the very same ideas that founded America.
1. Sovereignty and Self-Governance: The British were tired of being told by far away officials that they could not influence one way or another what their immigration policy was going to be, what regulations they had to adhere to, what trade restrictions must be followed towards those outside the union, and so forth. In other words the Brits were tired of aristocrats on the continent telling them what they could and could not do. Sound familiar? Is that not what we want for ourselves here in Klamath and Lake Counties? To have more power locally rather than bureaucrats and politicians in DC and Salem deciding what we can and can not do with our land, our water, our timber, our agriculture? The American project is about local governance which enables real accountability, not centralized control without accountability.
On Tuesday April 26th at 9:00 A.M. there will be a brief presentation of the “In God We Trust” plaque from the people to the County Commissioners. This event is open to the public. In February the Klamath County Commissioners approved the sign on a vote of 3-0 after overwhelming support by local residents.
There are now 616 city and county offices all over the U.S. displaying the National Motto — that is 100 more than when residents in Klamath County began this project last year.
On our ballots this May you will find Measure 18-105, which will make the production, access and distribution of marijuana/cannabis far more readily available to the general public in Klamath County.
All of the anonymous blog writers at KlamathNews.net urge a strong No vote on 18-105. If passed, there is nothing this ballot measure will do but make a few people a little richer while sending more of our citizens into a downward spiral of despair. Is that what we have now become? A people who are willing to profit and prey on the weakest among us in order to make a few bucks?
In addition, ask any of the three Sheriff’s candidates if they are in favor of this measure. See if they think crime will go up or down with the passage of 18-105. If you think the Sheriff’s budget is stretched thin now, just wait!
The left has done a magnificent job of twisting our English language to work in their favor. Instead of being taxed for education, we now “invest” in education — in Oregon that “investment” has led to a 68% graduation rate. Public “servants” compensation is often significantly more than an equivalent job in the private sector — you know, the people who pay the public servants salaries + benefits. Public safety no longer means watching out for yourself or your neighbor but instead arming and funding your local police like a mini-military.
One other term that the left has co-opted for their benefit is the idea of “compromise”.
The left has turned this word into a virtue, in and of itself. It doesn’t matter what the compromise is, it doesn’t matter where it leads, if you compromise, then you are person of virtue. To that I say horse-hockey!
Who would have ever thought four little words would make people so angry? That very well may be what happens on Tuesday, February 9th at the Government Center around 10:00am.
[ Correction: The Meeting Starts at 9:00am. ]
Even though the Commissioners voted in favor 2-1 (Minty-Morris opposed) of posting an “In God We Trust” sign in the Government Center, Minty-Morris wants more public comments, which will happen this Tuesday. Her hope is to have enough people against the plaque show up or for enough people to cause a controversy that Commissioner Bellet will change his mind. It is an election year after all, and the last thing politicians like is a controversy that might cost them votes.
In a vote of 2-1, the Klamath County Commissioners yesterday approved placing a sign “In God We Trust” in the public meeting room at the Government Center. The sign will be developed from private donations and defended, should someone bring a lawsuit, by the Pacific Justice Institute of Sacramento. In other words the sign will not cost the tax payers a dime to develop or defend. Carol Warren led the effort with the help of Commissioner Tom Mallams to get the item on the commissioner’s agenda.
Of course, when a positive thing, a conservative thing, happens in this county the Herald and News is quick to find dissenting opinions. Klamath Falls City Councilwoman Trish Seiler is one who is opposed to the sign. Per the paper Seiler said that county government “needs to stay out of religion, and religion stay out of government.”
Why do most people think that when a conservative like Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump yesterday, that made Donald Trump more conservative? Why don’t people think when Sarah Palin endorsed populist Donald Trump yesterday, it revealed to us that Sarah Palin is really a populist?
It is a very important question to ponder. I believe most of us have incorrectly pegged Sarah Palin as a philosophical conservative — one whose ideas bubbled up from the same ground springs in which the Founding Fathers drank. However, yesterday’s announcement made it abundantly clear that our understanding of Sarah Palin has been incorrect. She too is a populist. For another set of exhibits to prove my argument: when have you heard Sarah Palin ever talk down any of Senator John McCain’s populist, big-government ideas? Answer, never. She is loyal to the establishment while wearing red, white and blue.
Unfortunately, most of us were fooled, for Sarah is one who latched onto popular conservative ideas and railed against the left. However, when it came time to stick her neck out, instead of endorsing the true conservative, Ted Cruz, she goes with the popular choice, Mr. Apprentice. She calls that picking a winner. I call that hedging your bets and accepting the under-the-table offer by Trump.
That’s the question for today. The simplistic answer is yes; however, the correct answer is no. If we think we are just a nation of laws we are no different than the Nazi government of the 1930’s & 40’s or Communism or for that matter many Islamic regimes today which are guided by laws called Sharia. All of these anti-American forms of government can clan make the same exact claim, that they are a “nation of laws”. So what is different about American from these other forms of government? Or is there any difference?
The founders knew that if they set forth a new government, where laws were the foundation, America would quickly become a totalitarian state. Instead they believed in a higher power. The opening paragraph to the Declaration of Independence gives us a great insight into what the founders thought should be the foundation for our laws:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
This past Sunday, front and center, was a puff-piece for “Yes! on 18-104” — the current Fire District 1 bond measure. If you read the piece you would be left with any wonder that a sane person would be opposed to this wonderful spend of tax payer dollars or that there was anyone opposed to the bond measure.
This is the socialist-left at full-speed. There is not a recent tax measure that these editors have opposed or have given fair and balanced coverage. The editors at the Herald and News are pro-tax-and-spend socialists and use the paper’s power and influence to effect the thinking of people in the Basin — and it has been working for quite some time now.