If you've voted "yes" on Oregon's Measure 49, or plan to, here's what opponents of this much-needed Measure 37 fix are saying about you:
You're a communist or an idiot.
Almost certainly, you disagree. I sure do. I've voted for Measure 49, and I can absolutely certify that I'm neither a communist or an idiot.
Yet recently I spoke at a Measure 49 forum in Turner. One of the people in attendance was the son of Leroy Laack, who has filed a Measure 37 claim to turn 125 acres of groundwater limited high-value farmland near us into a 42-lot (and well) subdivision.
I didn't expect Laack's offspring to be for Measure 49. Or a big fan of me. But I was surprised by how insulting and vituperative this guy was when he stood up during the Q & A period to make a mini-speech.
For some reason he felt that the fact he was a veteran (of the Vietnam War, apparently) should persuade people to vote against Measure 49. He then said that while he was fighting for his country, I was probably protesting against the war.
True enough. But what has that got to do with Measure 49? And isn't it just a bit over the top to then tell the audience:
Measure 49 is a choice between communism and constitutional rights.
Amazingly, a handful of people clapped at that remark.
I suppose they'd also applaud a letter in today's Portland Oregonian that calls anyone who votes for Measures 49 or 50 an idiot.
"Idiots" will vote "yes"
So, you don't smoke and you don't have property rights to lose, but you're voting yes for Measures 49 and 50 anyway.
Congratulations! You're an idiot. Your take-home message on election day is, "I'm OK with promoting the greater good of Oregon as long as it's on the back of someone else."
But beware, your dim view of democracy is a double-edged sword. There may come a time when you're asked to give something up for the "greater good" of society. Abortion rights? Civil rights? Union organizing? Higher business taxes? Your property?
And don't you dare whine, because then you'll not only be an idiot, but a hypocrite.
Dan Vlastelicia Southeast Portland
Well, with this sort of name-calling, Dan surely has secured a good number of "yes" votes for Measures 49 and 50. Thanks, Dan. Keep up the insults.
And the lack of logic. Supporters of these ballot measures are all for democracy and respecting the will of the majority. The upcoming election will decide whether a majority of Oregonians favor or oppose Measure 49 and 50.
This isn't a "dim view" of democracy. It's trusting that voters are able to make the right decision about land use planning and children's health care. It's precisely the opposite of communism – state-run control.
So vote "yes" on Measures 49 and 50.
Show opponents that you aren't an idiot by completing the ballot, putting it in the proper envelope, signing it, placing a stamp on it, and mailing it so it's received by November 6.