There was a time that when I thought of Portland Oregon, I thought of rivers, bridges, fine dining, Forest Park, and so many other idyllic things that made Portland amazing.
Friends and family always talked about visiting. Those that did often came back for obvious reasons. I remember telling people that we only let people believe it rains here all the time so that they don’t want to move here.
Those days feel like a distant memory. Not because of the worldwide shutdown, but because of the seemingly endless violent riots.
As of Monday, August 17th, 2020, the World has come to know Portland, Oregon as the American City that has had the longest running civil disorder since the death of George Floyd, standing at 80 days.
There is a lot of debate about what has been going on in Portland. Wikipedia says this about civil disorder:
“Civil disorder, also known as civil disturbance or civil unrest, is an activity arising from a mass act of civil disobedience in which the participants become hostile toward authority, and authorities incur difficulties in maintaining public safety and order, over the disorderly crowd. It is, in any form, prejudicial to public law and order.”
There is a world that certain specific media outlets attempt to create where there are only peaceful protests happening in Portland, Oregon. The Governor of the State, Katie Brown, and the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, Theodore Wheeler, live in this world.
In this blissful world of peaceful protests that Katie and Theodore live in, there is only love and harmony voicing their concerns about how the local police and President Trump are terrible and the reason for all ills. The problems that Oregonians are facing having nothing to do with the Democratic powerhouse that has led this State for generations and continues to this day.
Therefore, the only solution is to appease the peaceful protesters who, of course, are right that the Portland Police Institution is the incarnation of Trump and systemic racism and as such should be significantly or entirely defunded. The immediate next step is that those funds be re-appropriated to an as yet to be determined entity that will manage said funds and responsibilities thereof with no further explanation until such a time as this unknown entity will dictate.
There is another world that exists as of August 17th, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. A world in which a white man, in downtown Portland, Oregon, was forced to sit down as in an execution, after being forced from his car, only to be beaten and bludgeoned by a crowd of black people, and gets his head crushed in by a black man’s knee in full stride to the point where that white man may not die as of the time of writing this piece, but he will never live like he did before that moment. His brain will be irretrievably damaged.
The vast majority of True Oregonians absolutely decry this incident and the violence that surrounds it. If you ask 1,000 out of 1,000 True Oregonians, they would all agree that this is abhorrent and needs to be dealt with severely. This goes without saying if you’ve actually watched the videos.
Katie and Theodore must care about this situation. We are, after all, looking to them to run our State and the most populous city to their optimum efficiencies as per their job responsibilities. They are our CEOs and top spokesman and woman. They know the expectations of the jobs they signed up for:
Job descriptions of a Governor include:
- Communicating effectively with the President when Federal assistance is needed for a State emergency
- Protect and serve the people
- Leadership and relationship building
- Provide honest information to the citizens
Job descriptions of a Mayor include:
- Keeping the peace in the city
- Protect and serve the people
- Handling daily administration in the city
- Effectively lead local government
True Oregonians know that both the Governor and the Mayor of Portland are incompetent and have failed at their jobs. The largest city in our State has been overcome by violent riots and we cannot get our top two leaders to effectively decry the violence and put an end to it.
We support leaders, parties and causes because we believe they support the values and ideals that we hold dear.
Will residents and voters weigh in on our current leaders as well as candidates for future leadership roles, because they are following a moral code that you agree with, or are they following an ideology/religion that matters more than the values and belief system that the majority of True Oregonians hold?
If only there was a petition to hold them accountable…