Well, I guess they finally caught on to our dirty little secret. For years, we've had them fooled, what with them watching Grimm or Portlandia. Until this year. First there was the Umpqua Community College shooting, and now there's this Malheur Wildlife Refuge fubar.
When I was a young pup, I used to hang around with Congressman Jim Weaver who represented Eugene and Southwest Oregon. And let me tell you something! There were places in the district where no one wanted to go. The worst place was Josephine County near Medford.
Talk about your Oathkeepers or whatever they're calling themselves at the refuge! Josephine County was a literal wild ecology of political wackobirds, 90% of whom you would definitely not want to sit with at your Thanksgiving dinner. Perhaps the best way to look at Oregon from some parts of the woods is: Heart of Darkness. Oregon is capable of producing some of the foulest, most evil smelling political ideologies you have ever encountered, and yet here we are.
The other side of the coin is, that Oregon is a bastion of left progressive liberalism. Lane County is a prime example. In the 2014 election, Lane County was the Mount Everest of Democratic politics. We had 78.5% of all registered voters actually voting. And in Eugene, we had precincts that routinely deliver 90% Democratic turnout.
Lane County has a radical liberal Democratic political machine, not based on patronage or contracts, but on ideas. You could say there is almost a Vulcan mind meld between Lane County D activists and the Bernie campaign. And did I tell you that our little political kindergarten delivers 8% more voters to the polls than the state as a whole, but 100% of those votes are Democratic?
And yet, this is a little known fact. Did you know that Oregon is almost a demographic twin of West Virginia? Yes boys and girls, deep hillbilly! And you compare Oregon's politics to West Virginia's you will see the difference between night and day.
Truth is, progressives in Oregon really got their shit together, and this is the only thing barring the gate from the Bundy boys running the state legislature.
Ultimately, what Oregon is -- is a portal to both great good and great evil. That is our dualistic nature as a region. It is part of our ecology. And perhaps 60 years ago, Los Angeles was seen as the city of the future. And now it appears as if Oregon is in something of the same way.
And I assume, that is both for great good and great evil.