County Delegates from all over Oregon met in the heart of Oregon, Pendleton, for their GOP Platform Convention over the weekend. Antifa did not show up to riot and attack the delegates because residents there carry their handguns openly.
The group of almost 200 delegates, lead by the Oregon GOP chair, Bill Currier, filled the Pendleton Convention Center as they discussed and debated a wide range of topics.
LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLATFORM
Cathy Holtz, a delegate from Tillamook County, moved to add a plank to the Law And Criminal Justice Platform dealing with hate speech laws. At a time when Americans’ First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech is quickly being eroded by outlawing words & ideas, the delegates felt it was time to take an official stand. They added:
“We believe in freedom of speech and oppose all hate speech laws.”
The delegation was especially concerned that hate speech laws were being enforced in a highly subjective manner, virtually all against Conservative & Christian speech. One person’s “hate speech” is another person’s “statement of the obvious.”
“Public officials have the duty to enforce the law.”
Such a common sense statement that all Americans used to agree with! After all, public safety used to be the highest duty of every public official. Among too many Democrat politicians, public safety is of little concern now as they are too busy pushing political agendas to protect American citizens.
FAMILY AND EDUCATION PLATFORMS
The delegation added a plank to the Family Platform that was about five years overdue:
“There are only two sexes, male and female, based on a person’s biological sex at birth. We oppose unassigned gender identity at birth. We encourage the natural expression of those genders, masculine and feminine. We affirm that both are valuable in the raising of children.”
Many school districts in Oregon have added “transgenderism” to the curriculum for children as young as six. In an effort to produce a whole generation of confused young adults, little girls are being taught that they are not really girls. They are told someone wrongly assigned “girl” as their gender when they were born, and that they could choose their own gender as they grew up. Boys are being indoctrinated the same way.
Suicide rates* are much higher for Millennials than for previous generations. To avoid even more suicides as today’s children come of age, Normal Americans are taking a stand against this new kind of child abuse.
This writer was honored to be a convention delegate from Clackamas County and should have put forth “teaching transgenderism is a form of child abuse and we oppose it” for discussion. I failed.
After significant debate, the delegation adopted a new plank for the Education Platform:
“No person shall be forced or allowed to share a restroom, locker-room or shower with a person of the opposite biological sex. Attempts shall be made to provide appropriate facilities for all individuals.”
How did we even get to this point in America when it is necessary to debate reality?
Diane L. Gruber
New Political Activist
*There’s been a marked uptick in so-called “deaths of despair,” those involving drugs, alcohol or suicide, among Millennials over the last decade, according to a new report released by public-health groups Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust.
Drug, alcohol and suicide deaths have risen in nearly every age group over the last decade, but the increase has been especially pronounced for younger Americans. Between 2007 and 2017, drug-related deaths increased by 108% among adults ages 18 to 34, while alcohol-related deaths increased by 69% and suicides increased by 35%, according to the report, which drew on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. All together, about 36,000 millennials died “deaths of despair” in 2017.