Grant Darrow

My Voice

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Grant Darrow, of Elgin, is a chimney sweep, local businessman and small-time rancher.

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Cheryl Simpson’s and Pamela W. Moore’s responses to my Feb. 2 community comment, “Progressives are own worst enemies,” was disappointing as well as “not unexpected.”

The only thing I can say to them is that ridicule is the refuge of the desperate and uninformed, for you surely know I was there.

At no time do either of them address the specific local issues I raised. I felt perfectly comfortable standing in Max Square, participating in the march and listening to the speakers.

Many of those present I have known for more than 40 years. Simpson will have to identify and explain who is uncomfortable about Max Square as a venue for free speech and why.

This is how political operatives have weaponized the false narrative — they use unsubstantiated, unprovable claims. They create a false bogyman and their delivery system is the meme.

I and a lot of local rural residents are truly interested in the issues I raised. Many local residents have contacted me or stopped me on the street thanking me for putting to words their feelings. Union County Progressives would have you believe they own this discussion.

Too many people confuse freedom of speech with protecting their view from free speech. Show me where the “Truth and Justice” is in your Women’s March? Surely not for the 400,000 women killed in the womb last year.

I’ll stand by what I saw and heard. Bigotry: “obstinate or intolerant devotion to one’s own opinions and prejudices.” Sexism: “behavior, conditions or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.” Hatred: “deep and extreme emotional dislike, especially invoking feelings of anger or resentment; it can be directed against individuals, groups, entities, objects, behaviors or ideas.”

My head count at Max Square was 125, maybe 175, not 300. Even using her numbers, that represents .01 percent of the voting population of Northeast Oregon. Who was not participating? Conservative women and minorities. It appears that not only is Simpson avoiding the issues but also “Truth and Justice.”

There is not a single conservative entity in Simpson’s list of “respected community organizations.” And it’s not because there are none. Don’t take my word for it. Do the research, folks. Did she actively seek out and invite these other groups to speak?

Oregon Rural Action. Follow the money. This is the local office of a well-funded progressive national organization that is designed to degrade rural conservatism and values with progressive ideologies. An organization called “Fourth Street Churches”? I can find no such organization. And everyone’s favorite, SEIU503, that public employee union that is bankrupting Oregon and is a major funding source for Progressive/Democratic candidates whether its employees support it or not.

At 66 years of age, I’m the sole surviving patriarch of a family with six nieces, two daughters and one boy. We have assisted — financially, emotionally and spiritually — each one of these fine young women in not only getting their degrees in their chosen fields but in securing livelihoods, all without government assistance.

These young women have their own political ideologies that cover the American spectrum. That’s how we raised them. That’s how America works.

Shame on Simpson for daring to suggest I’m a threat to democracy because I dare critique her political ideologies, motives, activities and funding methods.