April 8, 2021
Vaccine Passports are Discriminatory
Welcome to this week's alternative clips prepared by fellow Oregonians.
The Oregon State Senate this week brought out the fact it is not really divided by so-called political parties: the Democratic Party of Oregon or Oregon Republican Party. While voters for the most part will only elect a Democrat or Republican, the fact remains most legislators have little to do with their own so-called political parties. Being a registered Republican (House or Senate) does not mean that the legislator believes in republican values; they may be a neocon big government socialist for example. There are no less than three sides within the legislature of registered-Republican legislators in my observations. Being a registered Democrat (House or Senate) does not mean that the legislator believes in democrat values; they may espouse communism or fascist socialism instead of JFK ideals in my observations. There are at least two sides inside the Senate Democrat Caucus to my knowledge. There are really very few republican Republicans or democrat Democrats in the Oregon State Senate in my experience. Bills this week may provide some insight to the readers for consideration.
SJM 5 is a memorial letter to Congress, which they never read, demanding Congress enact nationwide carbon taxes of some sort to stop climate change. Multiple Republicans were enthusiastic about making this a federal issue. One legislator on the Floor claimed a long-gone legislator of another party was supportive, but that is not accurate, as I know personally. SJM 5 passed with registered-Democrat and registered-Republican votes.
SB 513, sponsored by the Republican caucus leader, with strong Democrat leadership support, requires the state bureaucrats to prepare a curriculum on civics then every school district is required to have its teachers indoctrinate students. Or an alternative is the urban liberal school districts will prepare their curriculum in opposition to the rural conservative school district curriculum. Think every reader can see the pros and cons, career government bureaucrats defining civics, revisionist history impacts, union involvement, urban verses rural, yet the bill is supposed to solve the uncivility that exists today. The bill is purely an "establishment" bill for status quo not a real solution. There was lots of kumbaya in this regard.
SB 513 has a side note: The Senate Democrat Caucus leader co-sponsored this civics bill plus spoke on the Floor in support of Senator Girod, the Chief Sponsor. The Democrat Leader's civics op-ed in the Portland Tribune is a perfect display of establishment civics on both major party sides. There certainly are some similarities between the two majority party caucus leaders, as half the Senate Republicans continue to vote to suspend the Oregon Constitution every Floor Session in lock-step with the Democrats. Oh, and both these establishment caucus leaders chair prime committees for Senate Democrat President Courtney. Wow!
SB 296, regarding the Chief Justice suspending the law in any emergency, passed with Republican votes as well. In short, habeas corpus can be suspended but the issue is complex. The need expressed to manage court proceedings in an emergency as expressed by the Chief Justice, is critical, but the solution is more than problematic. You can see my SB 296 Vote Explanation for details.
Then, today, there was SCR-17, a non-binding resolution with zero weight of any law, put forth apparently for pure virtue-signaling to cover political posturers. If it were meant to be action for environmental justice, then a bill enacting statutes or funding programs for all would have been used, not a non-binding statement in the form of a resolution. Portland's registered-Democrat-elected officials have faced anti-establishment protesters from their side of the political spectrum for a year who want results after decades of Democrat failures not non-binding written political statements. I will not be party to any masquerades because the truth matters.
Sometimes bills are so complex or strange when I vote "No", I have a vote explanation placed in the Senate record because many times these types of bills end up in court. SB 204 City Auditor Access to LEDS vote explanation; SB 759 Separation of Powers vote explanation; and SB 175 AG Address Hiding vote explanation are examples. Interesting to me, all these bills got registered-Republican Senator support, while SB 759 and SB 175 protect the Attorney General who approves of arresting Republican State Senators with physical force for political purposes, with no due process, and outside the judicial process, in direct violation of the Oregon Constitution. Must be Stockholm Syndrome? Yep, the establishment is in charge in Salem, not political parties. Government serves government not the People!
Back to the establishment in Salem with a final point. The establishment contains both Democrat- and Republican-registered legislators more concerned with the status-quo and re-election than serving their own districts. But it is up to the citizens in those districts to hold their elected officials accountable. I understand one Republican State Senator is under recall petition now. The cooperation amongst the establishment was displayed in bills above, and procedural Calls of the Senate this week to ensure they keep themselves in power. It is time for change.
Below are this week's alternative clips for your consideration with other news sources you garner:
In an ironic twist, Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego) wrote a hit-piece on Senator Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg), while simultaneously co-sponsoring SB 513, a bill that "Requires student to demonstrate proficiency in civics in order to receive high school diploma". Civics courses have traditionally given attention to the rights and duties of citizens and how government works.
In describing civics courses, this article says, "What good is a government of the people, for the people, and by the people if the people have no idea of what their role as citizens entails or their civic rights as citizens?"
That civics education is greatly lacking in Oregon has been made abundantly clear by the bewildering success of Democrats' message that Republicans "aren't doing their jobs" by denying quorum.
Oregonians do not know that the 60 delegates chosen by the people to write the Oregon Constitution in 1857 put the 2/3 quorum requirement in the Constitution for a reason: To protect the minority from the rule of the majority. Republicans in the House and Senate have used denying quorum as a tool to defend hard-working Oregonians from government overreach. Denial of quorum forces both parties to connect in conversation. Super-majority rule presents consequential impacts for all Oregonians because Democrats have no incentive to make concessions.
On the issue of cap and trade, a bill that put Portland's carbon emissions problem on the backs of working Oregonians, was killed by Republicans and incredible grassroots involvement twice, only for it to be passed by Gov. Kate Brown's dictatorial executive order, Cap and trade is back this session with HB 2021.
Read here: In the Senate Judiciary committee, SB 191 (PDF) is expected to reduce the voter-approved prison time for rapists, child molesters, attempted murderers and people who use firearms to injure others. One woman shared her tragic story; read the transcript here.
Oregon lawmakers close in on new police oversight laws: "The Oregon Legislature inched closer Monday to implementing a sweeping set of laws that would loosen the grip police unions have on oversight and discipline in the state. Senate Bill 621 eliminates the requirement for cities to collectively bargain with police unions if they wish to implement a voter-approved oversight board with authority to discipline officers. The bill is the first in a series of three that Senate Democrats hope to pass tackling police accountability."
After proposed 2,800% tax on beer and wine stalls, Oregon lawmakers consider new alcohol price hikes: "Now, Oregon Recovers wants the state to set up a task force (PDF) to figure out how to reduce alcohol consumption by 15% by increasing alcohol costs." Increased alcohol costs goes into the state's coffers and Oregon is doing markedly well, despite the COVID-19 government-mandated shutdowns.
Since we live in a world constantly on the verge of another lockdown, on April 6, Gov. Kate Brown decided to move multiple Oregon counties into the COVID-19 "high risk" category on April 9. From KATU: "Multnomah, Clackamas, Deschutes, Klamath, Linn, and Tillamook counties all shifted to the High Risk category, which means indoor dining capacities at restaurants would drop from 50% to 25%. Additionally, outdoor capacities will be dropped from 150 to 75 people."
Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam had some things to say about how the data in Clackamas County do not reflect the need to enter the "high risk" category.
Last week this newsletter included news stories about how the focus for COVID-19 vaccination has shifted to children as some Big Pharma companies are testing the vaccination on children as young as 6 months. The narrative has continued to shift in Oregon. For example, the media are now reporting on an increase in COVID-19 cases in kids ages 10-19. This was never a topic of discussion before. Remember when the government ripped away routines from these children and proceeded to leave them in isolation for a year? YouTube purged a video with a panel of doctors and the governor of Florida. The topic? Kids do not need to wear masks. From the article: "...When the CDC and WHO began to contradict themselves on many issues, among which included immunities and their source, YouTube took a different direction, curating the 'science' themselves and deleting any video that its employees didn't like."
This isn't about being "pro-" or "anti-" vaccine. The root of the issue here is following the science. We know children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 transmission and pose very little risk of catching or spreading the virus. Why are grown adults pushing the vaccination on people who do not need it? It should absolutely alarm all Oregonians (with or without kids of their own) that the message has shifted to focus on children.
Don't forget, just last week OPB reported, "Gov. Kate Brown's office announced Friday morning that frontline workers, as defined by the CDC, and all adults 16 and older with underlying health conditions will be eligible for vaccine appointments starting April 5."
According to the Oregon State Bar, "In the United States, the age of majority, except for purposes of federal law, is set by the states. In Oregon, it is 18, although legal emancipation by the court, which here can take place at age 16, automatically confers the status of majority."
The state needs to clarify how it is legally classifying 16-year-olds as adults.
The state-run media are continuing the focus on COVID-19 variants. As of March 30, COVID-19 variants B.1.427 and B.1.429, classified as "variants of concern" by the CDC, have allegedly been circulating in Oregon since late 2020 and had not been previously reportable. RED FLAG! How is it possible that the state knew about "variants" but was unable to report on them? The variant is convenient now because it is a way to maintain control through fear.
States like Florida and Texas completely undermine the COVID-19 government overreach because these states have "compiled an incontrovertible record that proves how intellectually wrong, substantively disastrous, and politically malevolent those directives were and are." One week after ending the statewide mask mandate, Texas' case numbers are slightly lower. Granted, time will tell a story on this, but in Michigan, a state like Oregon with some of the strictest lockdown policies, of the twelve worst-hit communities in the U.S. over the past two weeks, ten are in Michigan (behind paywall). Of the 17 communities in the U.S. where cases are rising fastest, 15 are in Michigan.
One reader brought up questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and if people should get it if already having had SARS-CoV-2. This article recommends that, yes, individuals should still get the vaccine. In the case of measles, the CDC says it "isn't harmful" to get the MMR vaccine after having measles. This article compares the 3 COVID vaccines being used in America.
Speaking of vaccines, the concept of a discriminatory vaccine passport is facing opposition. Some states are against the idea, but the nerve-wracking thing about this is that the concept seems entirely dependent on the whims of individual governors. Maybe Florida is against vaccine passports today, but what about the next governor?
From this article: "Here are the questions we should be asking the people in charge of rolling this program out. Why do we need these if the vaccines work? The point of the vaccine is to protect us from the virus when we're out in the world and it turns out — they're working!... Why are people so invested in controlling whether or not everyone around them has the vaccine if this is the case? Get your vaccine, stop asking everyone else if they got theirs — it's none of your business — and get on with your life."
Don't forget, the Left wants voting for all without proof of an ID, even going so far as to pressure MLB to move its all-star game from Atlanta to Colorado (a state that does have voter ID laws — kind of ironic, isn't it?). On the other hand, the Left wants to require all Americans to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19, an illness with an over-99% survival rate.
If the horrific government and big tech overreach continues in the form of "vaxports", what's the limiting principle here that will confine these to covid-19 vaccinations? We saw this summer that "public health" can be used to justify allowing massive marches and we often hear that dissident speech causes harm. What's to prevent "anti-hate passports"?
Last, a pastor in Canada stopped police from shutting down Good Friday worship services. More bravery like this. A different pastor in Alberta, Canada was imprisoned for more than a month after holding church services in defiance of Alberta's Public Health Act, and the church was raided at dawn on Wednesday and shut down by government order.
Another reason to pursue "homeschool pods" in this state: Oregon education officials are promoting a left-wing "social justice" training program for high school students, prompting pushback from parent groups who want ideology out of the classroom. Read the email for yourself.
One reader shared an excellent YouTube documentary called "Seattle is Dying". Two years old now and before the government-mandated lockdowns that destroyed the livelihoods of Americans across the country, it profiles the homelessness problem in Seattle and provides clear solutions at the end.
Another reader is working in his community in Grant County to bring back in-person voting.
The violence continues. On April 3, Portland Police said a group of about 40 people gathered outside the Portland Police Association headquarters and lit fires.
Journalist and antifa target, Andy Ngô told Fox News that Antifa had a huge "membership explosion" after 2016 "because they had the narrative support of the mainstream media with its daily commentary about fascism in America and how Trump was a Hitler-like figure." He also said, "These extremist, radical, unfounded ideas were given space to propagate in our papers of legacy, in our homes and ... through broadcast and radio, and of course to online news sites ... That helped to really radicalize the left, in my opinion."
In an interview with a Left-wing state-run media channel, Gov. Brown expressed sympathy for antifa gunman Michael Reinoehl and blamed the Trump Admin for her failure to stop the nightly violence. Reinoehl killed an innocent man and was later shot by police. Recent news articles have come out to change the narrative surrounding Reinoehl.
Indiana man charged with attempted murder of Portland Police officers to be extradited to Oregon: The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office on Monday announced a 28-count indictment against 24-year-old Malik Muhammed of Indianapolis. Prosecutors allege Muhammed traveled from Indiana to Portland in September 2020 "for the specific purpose of engaging in multiple criminal acts".
Sickening: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said the group is mourning its "brother" who died assaulting Capitol cops last week — saying the man who murdered a law enforcement officer could have been a future "star" for the movement.
Been saying this for months: If corporations want to go "woke", they need to be prepared to go broke. Vote with your wallet and limit purchases or stop buying from companies that are determined to undermine the United States.
Along the same lines, this article is long, but a must read. An excerpt here: "Corporate executives, not legislatures, governors, or presidents are the ones who decide what happens to the trillions of dollars created jointly by the Federal Reserve and Wall Street. They are the ones who regulate speech and attitudes, who for the most part decide who rises and who does not. And they are the part of the oligarchy most insulated from republican institutions."
Continuing in the above article: "Once a majority of Americans understand that Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, the Times, and Gannett are partisan instruments — that they use lies, censorship, and insults to subjugate us to a form of oligarchical totalitarianism — a substantial portion of their customers will begin to patronize alternatives, and their power over information will cease."
Another example of how the state-run media serve a destructive purpose: CBS and 60 Minutes invented a scandal to attack both Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Publix grocery stores, a DeSantis donor, over COVID vaccines. 60 Minutes selectively edited Governor DeSantis during an ambush interview to make something innocent look like a scandal. Watch this interview to see the selective editing.
People are actually paying thousands of dollars to be told how they are "racist" over dinner.
Two Men on Terror Watchlist Caught Crossing Southern Border: Two men from Yemen were apprehended and found to be on the FBI's terrorism watchlist after illegally crossing the southern border in January and March, Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.
On Tuesday, United Airlines — the only major U.S. airline with its own flight school, United Aviate Academy — announced its plan to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030. The airline wants at least half of the pilots to be women and people of color. Meaning: the focus will be on how a pilot LOOKS, rather than one's ability TO DO THE JOB.
What can you do? The Little Things Matter:
Recommended listening: Chicken Fried (the song starts at 1:11) by Zac Brown Band (fittingly from Atlanta, Georgia), released in 2008. One of the verses is:
"I thank god for my life And for the stars and stripes May freedom forever fly, let it ring. Salute the ones who died The ones that give their lives so we don't have to sacrifice All the things we love Like our chicken fried."
Patriotism is defined as "love for or devotion to one's country". The above verse is a classic way to view patriotism; one that many Americans used to connect with. How has showing patriotism for America changed in the last 5 years? How do you express patriotism today? Do you think it is important to have patriotic sentiments?
There is lots to ponder this week as you consider the clips by other Oregonians along with your own news sources. Having just finished a hearing on fire and ice damage in Western Oregon, let me remind you all to get your family and neighbors prepared for future emergencies of all kinds. And your best defense against getting sick is taking care of your own health and fitness.
Remember, you can follow the votes on bills on OLIS by clicking the date, then click third readings, then click the bill itself, then scroll down to measure history for how Legislators voted in the work session and on the Floor. You can look at vote explanations on OLIS as well. Then, regardless of ideology, contact your Legislators to express your opinion on legislative matters.
Senator Brian J. Boquist
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