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Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 11:19 AM PDT

My County Goes Rogue

by goutytophus

Pend Oreille County, extreme northeast corner of Washington State. Rural, real rural, forests, mountains, next to Idaho and British Columbia. Pend Oreille River is like the people, backwards. Just kidding, river does flow north, and the original small population of loggers, farmers and old hippies is an independent lot. Although, since area is beautiful and river lots were cheap an influx of summer residents and retirees have flooded the county. As an aside, winters usually drove away the less durable after a few of them. Now, a phenomenon known as "Snowbirds" has developed. Seasonal residents, retirees on the river for summer who move to Arizona for the winter. The county votes conservative, for some reason, as we are a depressed area. Usually tied for most depressed in state. Our Congressional Representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, keeps getting elected. For the life of me, I can not understand why people vote against themselves.
So, the county has been politically conservative, but is being forced further to the right, Tea Bagger Whacko right. The Oath Keepers get their own clubhouse, promoted by the Sheriff and at least one county commissioner, a Cliven Bundy supporter. Open carry is a second amendment right god dammit. Although, nobody is that goofy, yet.
Latest turn of events is the takeover of Federal lands by the locals.
Check out this  draft resolution, leaked to Pend Oreille County Democrats:

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Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 01:39 PM PST

Dear Cathy

by goutytophus

While most who watched you give the Republican rebuttal to the SOTU saw a sweet kindergarten teacher soothing the fears and trepidations of a concerned nation, I saw that my Representative (5th District, Washington State), was lying.

Using the “FOX” technique, what I call the “reverse scientific method” (Conclusion first, cherry pick a few “facts” to “prove” your preconceived notion), you brought up poor Bette from Spokane, what with the $700 more per month that mean old Obama would make her pay for health insurance. Gee, that sounds terrible, but alas, just not really true. A lie, some would say.

As a constituent I feel like the guy that finds his girlfriend humping the neighbor! We’ve had our disagreements but I didn’t think it had come to this. Too bad the Teabaggers have co-opted “patriot” and “traitor”. I’ll just say, “You’ve betrayed my trust.”

Maybe you could say you were just a good soldier, and somebody else wrote your script, and you were just delivering a monologue. But now with clear eyes I see that with your voting record, that could not be. And now, we’ll still be together through this autumn, how awkward.

Cathy, I’m disappointed, no, disgusted. Thanks, we're done.

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