This is just me going down my ballot to indicate how my wife and I are voting. The sad state of the Oregon Republican party is so evident because I'm not actually voting for any Republicans, none of them excite me, I'm voting against their more liberal Republican counterparts.
President: Ron Paul - I'm not voting for McCamnesty.
Senator: Gordon Leitch - Able to speak for a long time about "gold coins" but I'm looking to vote against Smith for his amnesty vote. I mean hey, you can't wire gold coins to Mexico...
Congressional District 1: Claude Chappell - The other guy, Haugen, believes in global warming, amnesty (or as he calls it "family reunification") and a draft. Oh, and he endorses Obama.
Judge 20th district: Andy Erwin - I actually like this guy, he wants to punish criminals. Imagine that. But his "for" vote is nonpartisan.
I'm also voting YES on 51, 52, and 53.
Some of you in the Portland area probably have a blank spot for your Republican candidates. Way to go Vance. Maybe if you spent less time trying to sell us McCain you could field some decent candidates that would make conservatives proud to be Republicans.
And here is a "guest column" of sorts from VP of OFIR Rick:
(I edited for length)
PLEASE DON'T VOTE, until you read this.
As Vice-Pres. of OFIR I understand that the issue of illegal immigration is a non-partisan issue impacting all Americans and legal immigrants.
This notice concerns only registered Republicans and the current ballot just received.
Included in your election ballot is a form (yellow) to become a Precinct Committee Person or PCP. A PCP has the voting rights to influence what happens in the party. You can become a PCP by voting for yourself (write-in) and having just two others write you in on their form and mail it in with the ballot. These two others need to be registered in the Republican Party and in your precinct or the adjacent one(s). There are hundreds of slots open statewide, so your vote(s) to become a PCP should be approved.
Why bother? I understand why many of you are frustrated with John McCain and the Republican Party leadership decision to ignore or pander on this issue of illegal immigration.
If the majority of Americans really wanted amnesty, legislation would have easily passed the 1st or the 2nd time around. It hasn't and is not going to this year either.
Attrition thru enforcement does work and is the most humane, efficient and compassionate solution, not rewarding bad behavior. The 1986 amnesty and the results of it 22 years later should be enough proof.Attrition is a result of respecting the rule of law, a Republican Party by-law.
Did you know this important news? The Oregon Republican Party wrote and passed a resolution supporting the Respect for Law Act, twice. This is our only opportunity at enforcing immigration laws here in Oregon for now. We should let the entire state know that republicans do support the rule of law and therefore motivate the larger majority of voters that agree with this. Party leaders should not be afraid to support the 9 out of 10 employers that are not violating laws. Instead voter registrations and donations prove we have lost a majority support position and will continue to do so if we pander to corrupt employers only.
Please consider becoming a PCP now, while you have that ballot handy. If we cannot get help from the leadership here for now, as a PCP you can change that.