At least, I hope so.
I haven't been in a strip club for a long time. But it bothers me when prudes in Tualatin want to amend the Oregon constitution so local governments could regulate where the clubs are located.
We're #1 in free speech. And strip clubs. Why surrender our top positions?
Rick Attig of the Oregonian, Portland's largest newspaper, makes some great points.
Tualatin is now seeking a fourth statewide vote on the issue. Again, if nude dancing was anywhere near the top of the list of Oregon's problems, maybe we could see starting yet another statewide argument on the issue. But when legislators are just trying to keep schools and universities open and provide jobless benefits and basic shelter, food and health care, Oregon doesn't have the luxury to obsess over women dancing naked on a Tualatin stage.
Conservatives freak out when the "will of the people" supposedly is challenged by liberal legislators, judges, or special interest groups. Yet here they are, wanting to revisit a free speech issue that Oregonians have decided three times already.
There's a big right-wing uproar over any proposal to "chip away" at the second amendment by banning automatic assault weapons or regulating sales at gun shows.
But when it's the free speech provision of Oregon's constitution that's being watered down, no problem.
Let's keep Oregon pleasantly godforsaken. Strip clubs, yes. Moralistic judgmentalism, no.