On Thursday, the Oregonian reported that two residents of Portland submitted a ballot measure to have Oregon secede from the United States in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
The measure, known as the “Oregon Secession Act,” was filed by Jennifer Rollins, a lawyer, and Christian Trejbal, a writer.
“Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States,” Trejbal told the Oregonian in a phone interview.
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Those values? “Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness,” Trejbal said, “plus equality.”
“Obviously,” he said, the ballot proposal “came about partially in response to the election results on Tuesday.”
“But,” he added, “it’s been developing over time.”
Trejbal said that he and Rollins are hoping to start a serious conversation in Oregon about what it would mean to peacefully leave the United States. They opted for 2018 to give Oregonians some time to really think about what seceding from the union would mean.
He also suggested to the Oregonian that other states like Washington, California and Nevada could join Oregon to form a separate nation “that uphold the values that we share.”
The proposed measure reads, in part:
The Governor and Legislature shall actively pursue Oregon’s peaceful secession from the United State of America. They shall seek secession alone or in conjunction with other states and Canadian provinces that seek to form a new nation, including but not limited to California, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska and British Columbia.
It further states:
Upon securing a secession date, the Governor and Legislature shall support convening a Constitutional Convention with any other states or provinces that might have joined Oregon in secession. The Governor, Legislature and Oregon Convention Delegates shall advocate for and support the following principles during formation and execution of the Constitutional Convention:
a) The number of Convention delegates should be proportional to the population of each state and should be selected by nonpartisan election.
b) The Constitution should be grounded in democratic principles and preserve the life, liberty, equality and pursuit of happiness of the people.
c) The Constitution should establish popular election of the chief executive.
d) The Constitution should require nonpartisan elections and forbid privileged ballot or electoral access based on affiliation with a private organization or political party.
Secession, however, has been deemed illegal, and as we noted before, didn’t end well the last time it was done…
So much for accepting the results of Tuesday’s election.
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