Lately there has been a lot of action regarding Portland and Multnomah County passing local taxes to fill some of the void left by the failure of Measure 28. After all, it is argued, Multnomah County voters approved Measure 28.
This would be just a band aid approach to the problem of people in Portland being far more progressive than the rest of the state and the country.
The federal government has actively attempted to override the will of the people who passed laws guaranteeing the rights to assisted suicide and medical marijuana.
Our local taxes are used to disproportianately imprison Portland citizens via Measure 11.
The federal government is actively subverting our rights to free speech and free assembly.
Article 1, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution enshrines the right of the people to change or abolish the government when it no longer serves the people.
I propose a Multnomah Co. ballot initiative to secede from the state of Oregon and, ipso facto, the USA. The initiative could guarantee direct democracy - not so-called representative democcracy, a pacifist foreign policy, and enumerated individual rights.
Even if the ballot initiative failed, it would generate immense media coverage and public discussion about the role of government in our lives.
What do y'all think?