There is no doubt that Idaho is changing.
We are the fastest-growing state in the country. The urban areas of our state are seeing a massive number of newcomers. Some of those from out of state and some from the more rural parts of Idaho.
While it is easy to blame Idaho’s current condition on Californians, the reality is Idaho faces a problem that transcends out-of-staters moving in: apathy.
Yes, there are some “bad” Californians moving to Idaho who want to change Idaho. There are also a number of them who are escaping the insanity of California and want a better and freer life in Idaho.
You see, in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California it wasn’t just the new progressives moving in that were a problem, it was the lazy and apathetic native voters who didn’t believe their state was being taken over by progressives.
They waited until it was too late to do something
The apathy of conservative voters and the ridicule heaped upon those sounding the alarm bells will ultimately lead to Idaho’s demise if something isn’t done. We are going to lose our beautiful state if radical changes are not made to protect Idaho from the progressive movement.
I am proposing three ideas that will severely curtail the rise of radical progressivism in Idaho.
IDEA 1: ABOLISH BALLOT INITIATIVES
Progressives in Idaho have figured out that ballot initiatives are their future. They know that their radical ideas will not make it through the legislative process. With the recent success of Prop 2 (Medicaid Expansion), the progressives have become emboldened to do more.
They are already pushing more initiatives to raise taxes and raise the minimum wage in Idaho.
How long before they turn their sights on your gun rights? Michael Bloomberg is already pushing gun control initiatives in red states like Florida and Ohio. He has funded numerous others in states like California, Washington, and Oregon.
Higher taxes, big government healthcare programs, and environmental regulations are just a few of the areas they will use the ballot initiative process to crush Idaho.
Keep Idaho Free has written a series of articles, the first of which will be released on November 24th which will detail why conservatives should abolish ballot initiatives completely.
I will defer the remainder of this discussion to those articles.
Needless to say, if Idaho does not remove the ballot initiative process from our state constitution, we will live to regret it years from now.
The only way to do this is through an amendment to our state constitution and that is no easy task.
IDEA 2: STRENGTHEN ARTICLE 1 SECTION 11 (RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS)
There is no more important right than the right to keep and bear arms.
Without the ability to defend yourself from criminals and tyrants, all other rights become meaningless. This is why the defense of gun rights is so important.
Every state that has gone from red to blue or red to purple has seen their 2nd Amendment rights take a major hit. Washington state is just the latest to see massive gun control implemented, primarily through the ballot initiative process.
Idaho’s own protections on the right to keep and bear arms (Article 1 Section 11) are fairly solid but need to be updated.
Protecting Idahoans through a Constitutional Amendment from Red Flag Laws, bans on certain arms and magazines, and other progressive gun control ideas will solidify Idaho’s place as the best state in the union for gun owners.
Some may say that a Constitutional amendment should be rare and only for absolute necessities. Given the extreme importance of the right to keep and bear arms, and the constant attack on gun rights nationwide, what could be more important than updating Article 1 Section 11?
If at some point Idaho turns purple, or God forbid “blue,” we will wish that the ability to change it does not lie in the hands of a progressive legislature. The 2nd Amendment should be all that we need for the protection of this right, but as we all know, numerous infringements already exist.
This change will greatly increase our ability to maintain this right but does require an amendment to Idaho’s constitution.
IDEA 3: MAKE CITY ELECTIONS PARTISAN
This may seem like an unusual plan given the fights we are already facing in the state capitol, but what conservatives don’t understand is that progressives love local elections.
While most conservatives only focus on big elections like Presidential or Gubernatorial fights, the progressives are taking over your cities.
By the time you realize your city is being run by radicals, it is too late.
While I certainly understand the concern of more partisanship in our election process, requiring a candidate to disclose their party affiliation (if any) increases your ability to know more about the candidates running in these races.
If I know that a candidate running is a Republican versus a Democrat, I at least have some idea how they are going to vote on important city issues that arise.
Democrats love non-partisan elections because it allows them to go into “red” parts of Idaho and change the dynamics of a city. And when crucial votes on Urban Renewal or other social issues arise and your city votes progressive, you are left wondering how it happened.
That isn’t to say that all Republicans are going to be Constitutional loving conservatives, but at least going into the election you have more knowledge of the candidates and what their potential style of voting may be.
This plan isn’t flawless and would need some additional support. You will get some candidates who simply put an “R” next to their name to garner more votes. Yet another reason for the Republican Party members to hold their candidates accountable.
This change can be done through the normal state legislative process and needs to happen fast.
While a more in-depth discussion needs to be had on these issues, I believe the time is now for Idahoans to seriously consider implementing these ideas.
Of course, some will mock me and those who advocate for these changes.
They will say that we are “fearmongering” or that “Idaho is too red.”
I recently spoke at an event in Spokane to discuss the battle for gun rights in Washington state. After the meeting was over, several Washingtonians approached me and said, “Greg, we didn’t realize how bad it has become, but we are ready to fight now!”
Sadly, it may be too late for Washington.
Don’t be “that guy.” Don’t be the person who sticks his head in the sand because you believe it isn’t possible in Idaho. Don’t be the guy who says it can never happen here.
The fight has already begun. Do you want to help save Idaho?
Implement these three ideas as soon as possible.
12 thoughts on “3 Bold Ideas to Keep Idaho Free!”
Thank you Greg, I appreciate what you and your family does. Keep up the good fight!
all good ideas,,and should be implemented ,,waiting will be a mistake,,,,,,
Great idea. What can I do to help other then keep this post going?
I’m with you Greg, standing back and doing nothing is not going to cut it any more we have to be PRO ACTIVE or we will regret it in the not to distant future.d
I see on the pc, that cities in different States are passing Sanctuary ,city or state law to make our Guns are Safe
I have ask our reps to do this and they seam to be working on to make our state,and cities for gun owners
I do know GEORGE SORO DOES GIVE A LOT OF MONEY TO OUR STATE DEMOCRATS TO HELP GET control and pass socialists agenda, which keeping IDAHO a free STATE
Being from CA, being a Constitutional Republican, and now a patriot member of ISAA and new Idaho resident I’m well aware of the battle that Idaho will be facing. People forget that CA used to be great place to live. Years of Progressive, Leftist policies have crippled the state infastruture, allowed crime and homelessness to take over, and civil liberties and constitutional rights are being trampled upon every legislative session. I pray that doesn’t happen to Idaho but if people don’t wake up and be apart oflocal politics that’s exactly what will happen. Great ideas Greg. Hope we can keep Idaho free.
We can’t Become Anything like California !
We Must Stand And Fight
I Wholeheartedly agree 100% and Will Stand And Fight against Any ideas that come close to Stupid Liberal, Progressive ideas. We MUST Win.
So How do we do it ?
Voting Republican is only Part of the Answer
Banning welfare recipients and government employees from voting would be a good start
Great article. One thing I would like to add is that we need to teach more Constitutional civics in middle and high school. The shocking wave of socialist-sympathizers among our high school graduates should offend any liberty-minded American. The history of socialism and its woes is one of hundreds of millions of lives executed and hundreds of millions of more starved and enslaved. We need to do a better job educating our children why American values ensure freedom, liberty, and prosperity and why socialist ideas lead only to misery.
Greg my Central Committee formed a group to identify partisan local elections in ADA County. I contributed some Legislative and District maps targeting areas of concern. My job is done for now, but the group is ongoing. I can fill you in as the project goes forward if you like. On another note, I sent some stuff to Rep. Zito today. She should be forwarding to you and some of her colleagues after she goes through it.
having thought about this some more,, stopping any type of red flag laws should be a priority,,also a stronger wording in our idaho constitution,, all firearms including ar type firearms shall always remain legal in idaho,,and ammunition [all ] including red flag laws, are never to be put into place,,,,,,,,this needs to be done this coming year,,,, somehow i wish i could stop the influx of people moving to idaho,,its not a good thing for us,some are pro 2nd ,, but many are not,,,,in time it will affect things here,,,,
Whoever runs the schools has the future. Guess who runs them now. Ultimately, unless you redefine what a country is, and realize you can’t have 2 parties who are opposed in EVERYthing, especially basic principles, you will lose out to the party least willing to abide by law. The democrats used to at least pretend to have the same freedom loving principles, but no longer. They are now boldly against freedom and the constitution. Unless there is a secession of the constitutional part of the country to reform a new country, this one will fall to the Left, as sure as water runs downhill.