Hello, below is a statement by Oregon GOP chairman Bill Courrier (the bald guy on the left) about Oregon Governor Kate Brown (on the right, duh).
His statement is followed by my e-mail response. Frankly, I am flabbergasted by the amount of self-delusion old Bill is indulging in these days. It’s as if Trump is just a moderate, run of the mill Republican, and the liberal reaction is some kind of massive hissy fit. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, and I intend to keep letting them know that by every means available (including this blog).
So here it is, Bill Courrier’s statement (in italics) and my response (also in italics):
Mr. Courrier says…
Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier issued a statement on Wednesday in response to media reports that Oregon Governor Kate Brown had formed a “Trump Resistance Team”. Currier said that Brown’s “social action team” threatens to further divide our nation, and suggested that the Governor prefers playing political games instead of devoting herself to solving pressing problems here in Oregon. Currier also raised questions about the motivation and funding of Brown’s new campaign.
“This kind of rhetoric by a sitting Oregon Governor is inflammatory, divisive, and unprecedented. We have enough problems coming together in America without elected officials wasting time fanning the flames. The voters have spoken, and public opinion polls show general approval of President Trump’s actions so far. Governor Brown risks being left on the fringes of our society, instead of being considered a bipartisan thought leader. With mounting long term debt, state spending ballooning out of control, transparency and corruption issues, pressing transportation needs, and economic development challenges, does Kate Brown really think Oregon voters elected her Governor to play political games?”
“You also have to wonder about the origin and funding of this campaign,” cautioned Chair Currier. “We’ve seen many recent examples of Governor Brown’s public policies and political motives being shaped and funded, in whole or in part, by out of state billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and George Soros – along with in-state billionaire Win McCormack. It’s high time Oregon voters reject the extremist agenda of these hyper-rich cronies and leave the governing of Oregon to Oregonians.”
“I have to remark at the irony of this report,” added Currier. “Kate’s email to supporters reads, in part, ‘Now, more than ever, we must bring communities together to resist in a divided nation.’ Yet this call to action urges her progressive activist supporters to come together to divide people. Not exactly a “uniting” approach. Past elected officials have always tried to find a way to work with a President of the opposite party, even up through President Obama’s administration. It’s time for Democrat Leaders to stop whining, get to work, and find areas of common ground with President Trump, to accomplish the important business of our state and nation.”
Currier also took note of the hashtag games being played, saying, “The #teamkate hashtag is interesting, if a bit short sighted. A quick twitter search by a social media professional – or even an amateur – would have revealed that it has already been taken. Let’s hope Governor Brown does nothing more to revive the other hashtag she was known for – #korruptkate.”
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And I agree. However, her actions are also understandable in light of the President’s behavior. Perhaps you’ve noticed and perhaps you haven’t, but Donald Trump has continued to do all he can to divide us. In light of his travel ban, his cabinet picks and his behavior toward the press, most liberals Governor Brown’s response as reasonable.
You see, Republicans now have the exicutive, legislative and, soon to be, the judicial branches of our national government in your hands. And thanks to your efforts to defeat Mesure 97, Oregon’s state budget is in no position to give back what the federal government is soon to take in healthcare alone. In short, liberals have their backs to the wall and have everything to lose and nothing to gain.
Please understand that it is not for the man tied to the post, but the man holding the whip to be the magnanimous one. Republicans MUST hold out the olive branch first if there is to be any unifying of Americans at all because the liberals are in no position to do so.
Mr. Currier goes on to state that the governor should be focusing on “transparency and corruption issues.” Okay, tell me what those issues are specifically, and I will gladly join your chorus. Seriously, I personally despise corruption from the left or the right. Make me your ally! And while I campaign for your cause, perhaps you can get Mr. Trump to release his tax returns like he promised he would.
Incidentally, Mr. Currier’s assertion that “voters have spoken, and public opinion polls show general approval of President Trump’s actions so far.” is laughable. We all know Trump lost the popular vote, and his approval ratings are at historic lows according to Gallop. This assertion deflates credibility and if I were him I’d strike it out of the text.
Finally, Mr. Currier asks where Governor Brown finds the money for such a Trump Resistance Team. That may be a valid question, but my feeling is that the answer is more likely to be from donations than graft. Keep in mind, the ACLU raised 26 million dollars last weekend alone as reported by the Washington Post. The ACLU states that they typically take in only 4 million a year! It seems liberals are opening their wallets like never before.
These are extraordinary times, and they will call for extraordinary measures. From my perspective, I see a runaway Republican Party doing all it can to terrify liberals. For Mr. Courrier to complain when liberals push back is frankly assinine.
Like I said, it’s up to the GOP to extend the olive branch. If you do that, there is hope for uniting this nation. If you do not, we are lost.
Folks, we need to keep on speaking truth to power. This is especially true at the local level. Do not let falsehood stand! Do not let propaganda be legitimized. Always answer back because that is how we resist!
By Clayton J. Callahan