If there is one thing that Americans can all agree on, it’s that the less we have to deal with the federal government, the better.
In fact, this is the very DNA of this nation. We eschewed monarchical rule by England in favor of a representative republic in which the decisions made close to home were being made by those who lived close to home. The federal government’s purpose and scope should always be kept in check, lest we wish to find ourselves reminded of the grim realities of Thomas Jefferson’s “tree of liberty” quote.
So when barely-identified federal troops started snatching Americans off the streets in Portland, Oregon, alarm bells started ringing on both sides of the aisle, leading to concerns that President Trump was alienating some of the more liberty-minded voters within the GOP as he entered the crucial stages of the 2020 election.
Now, after weeks of terrifying scenes playing out on the daily, Oregon’s governor made a major announcement.
Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement the plan negotiated with Brown over the last 24 hours includes a “robust presence” of Oregon State Police in the downtown of the state’s largest city.
“State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack for the past two months,” Wolf said.
The news will surely be welcomed by freedom advocates far and wide, who saw the presence of these badge-less, military-frocked forces as a stepping stone to tyranny or other trouble.
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