I'm a firm believer that Republicans here in Oregon are just about as extreme as those, say, in Alabama.
Members of the GOP in our state often just try to look moderate, because they know that with only 26% of registered voters in Oregon identifying as Republican, it's an uphill battle for them to win statewide elections.
(Democrats are at 35% and Non-affiliated are at 32%).
But I think Oregon Republicans should be proud of their extremism. Rock on, crazy conservatives! Don't hide your right-wingless. Flaunt it!
To that end, I'm pleased to share some highlights -- OK, for many, lowlights -- from the official 2019 platform of the Oregon Republican Party. You can read the whole thing by clicking below.
Download Oregon Republican Party platform
This is what you're supporting if you vote for an Oregon Republican. I've added my own irreverent progressive take on each platform item in red.
We support the full repeal of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and oppose any efforts to implement similar provisions at the state level.
Oregon GOP wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Plus, no health care replacement by Oregon. I guess praying to have your cancer cured is the Republican health care plan.
Marriage is between one man and one woman.
Who says? Not the United States Supreme Court. And not the many happily married same-sex couples in Oregon. The Republican Party is on the wrong side of both love and history.
There are only two sexes, male and female, based on a person’s biological sex at birth. We oppose unassigned gender identity at birth. We encourage the natural expression of those genders, masculine and feminine. We affirm that both are valuable in the raising of children.
Hmmmm. This goes against science, which finds a strong genetic component in the many varieties of sexual expression and attraction. Also, it sounds like the Oregon GOP is against same-sex couples raising children.
We believe individuals have the right to protect themselves, their livestock, and domesticated animals from predators, regardless of the predators’ species federal or state protection status.
Kill them wolves! Who cares if there are so few of them in Oregon, and so many cattle.
Each Oregon educational facility should encourage trained district personnel to be armed in order to protect themselves and their students from violence. We oppose gun free zones.
Gosh, what could go wrong with teachers having guns in classrooms? Except, everything.
We support the delisting of species protected by the State or Federal Government at the earliest opportunity, based on the complete and timely implementation of the recovery plans or if there is a low probability of recovery.
I remember when conservatives actually believed in conservation. Those days are long gone. Endangered species are doubly endangered when Republicans are in control of government.
Every person has a fundamental right to life that begins at conception and endures to the natural conclusion of life. We strongly oppose abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide, including any government funding of these deadly practices.
I also remember when abortion was illegal and women died from botched terminations of pregnancies. Is that a "natural conclusion of life"? Plus, Oregonians believe in the right of terminally ill people to choose assisted suicide when their suffering is too extreme. It's shameful that the GOP doesn't.
We oppose reintroduction or protection of any fish, wildlife, or plant species in Oregon unless there is valid, peer-reviewed scientific data and the consent of state and local government.
Sure, why not have the Harney County Board of Commissioners decide whether a species should go extinct in Oregon? (Answer, there are lots of reasons this is a really bad idea.)
It is the role of parents or legal guardians to direct topics of education concerning human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, ethics, and moral values. Governmental or public agencies shall obtain written permission before discussing sex and/or gender-related subjects with minor age children and shall not penalize families for opting out.
Sex education in schools is scary to Oregon Republicans. Maybe they should trust teachers more and their fundamentalist Christianity less.
Parents or legal guardians are the final authority in deciding what is best for their children; they must receive full disclosure and give written permission before any healthcare services, outside referrals, content, or materials are distributed to their children. No person shall be forced to undergo any healthcare services as a condition of school enrollment or attendance.
Like immunizations? Are you really that bad at medical science, Oregon GOP?
We support the constitutional protection of private property rights, including the rights of prospectors and small-scale miners.
Sure, people have a perfect right to ruin fish habitat and wreck the environment so they can play gold miner. NOT!
We oppose international environmental treaties or agreements with organizations using environmental issues for social engineering and/or global control.
Ooh, global control. Scary! Except the leaders of almost every nation on Earth support efforts to fight global warming other than our Idiot-in-Chief, Donald Trump.
We believe that no corporation should be above the law. We do not support bailouts; businesses should be allowed to succeed or fail.
Hey, I hope Trump pays attention to this platform item of the Oregon GOP. He's determined to save the failing coal industry, and give bailouts to farmers being hurt by his trade wars.
We affirm that the President of the United States must adhere to the constitutional separation of powers by seeking and receiving Congressional authorization for any act of war and by seeking and receiving Senate approval for any treaty.
Wow, another platform item I agree with. Trump can't go to war against Iran, or any other country, without Congressional authorization.