Why the MCRP Will Accept Volunteer Security Services

Multiple sources have requested an explanation for the decision of the Central Committee of the Multnomah County Republican Party at its Monday, June 26, 2017 meeting, to adopt the following resolution:

“Resolved that the MCRP may utilize volunteers from the Oregon Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, and other security groups to provide security where such volunteers are certified to provide private security service by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.”

The explanation is simple:

  • To conduct Party business requires volunteers to work in public;
  • Volunteers don’t feel safe on the streets of Portland and want protection;

  • Unlike Oregon Democrats, funded by billionaires and unions, we are a small, grassroots organization with very little money and can only provide protection with volunteers;

  • People are not motivated to volunteer for us unless they support Republican goals;

  • Security volunteers will likely come from organizations concerned about excessive government;

  • The resolution provided disclosure about likely sources of volunteers for our members to consider; and

  • The DPSST certification is more important to our members than whatever other groups the volunteer may belong to.

The Party took these steps in response to specific attacks on members and threats against them for no other reason than having a point of view that intolerant Portland Leftists disagree with.  We reject media attempts to portray reasonable defense against the threat of Leftist violence as an affirmative attack or escalation.  We trust the People of Oregon know which side is causing the problem here.


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  • Jerry Westmoreland
    commented 2017-07-08 16:58:30 -0700
    Here’s a novel suggestion: instead of reaching out to far-right militias, why not show a little bipartisanship and hold a joint event with the Multnomah County Democratic Party? Advertise it as a “America United” event, have both groups bring floats/banners/literature, whatever. You could split the costs between both groups of hiring actual security.
  • Jerry Westmoreland
    commented 2017-07-08 16:23:56 -0700
    Mr. Buchal,

    Calling credible news sources “propaganda” is a dangerous precedent used by authoritarians. Furthermore, your passive-aggressive claim that I need “a more discerning eye” is insulting and unhelpful.

    These are actual photos of white supremacists attending Patriot Prayer meetings. Yes, they come from an antifa website, but look at them for yourself and decide:


    This is a photo of Jake von Ott, a member of a white supremacist group Identity Evropa, saying the “14 words” (a white supremacist slogan) at a Patriot Prayer rally confirming his attendance at Patriot Prayer rallies:



    This is van Ott shaking hands with Jeremy Christian, leader of Patriot Prayer:


    Finally, contrary to your claims about “propaganda” the Oath Keepers are indeed are an extreme-right, anti-government militia that perpetuates conspiracy theories. These are actual quotes from Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers:

    “This wave of Islamist terror attacks will be part of a ‘perfect storm’ of intentionally orchestrated ‘Cloward-Piven’ chaos — inducing economic devastation, social and political disruption and violence, and the use of intentionally undefended borders and mass illegal and ‘refugee’ immigration as weapons of destabilization (and to provide cover for and facilitate more violence and terrorism by multiple proxy agents of the elites, including the cartels, gangs, well funded Marxist and racist agitators – such as La Raza and Black Lives Matter – and radical Islamist cells and individuals).”

    –Rhodes, in an Oath Keepers press release following the mass murder of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., June 2016

    This is Rhodes calling for his supporters to take the law into their own hands and conduct illegal searches of polling places for voting fraud, of which there historically has been ridiculously small proportions of: call on you to form up incognito intelligence gathering and crime spotting teams,” Rhodes instructed. “And go out into public on election day, dressed to blend in with the public … with video, still camera, and notepad in hand, to look for and document suspected criminal vote fraud or intimidation activities.”

    Furthermore, Oath Keepers have provided security for anti-Muslim (ACT for America) rallies, neo-Nazi rallies in Pikeville, KY, and have joined with the alt-right and white supremacists to stop the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans.

    As a progressive I fully condemn the actions of the violent morons that make up antifascist movements, but I ask that my equally patriotic Americans on the right to realize their own side has its share of dangerous extremists too, and to reject them. Instead of reaching out to the truly bad people that represent the extremes of our ideals, why not meet in the middle?
  • James Buchal
    commented 2017-07-01 18:43:17 -0700
    Mr. Dugan, we will discuss your risk analysis at our next meeting. The Party is run by those who show up, and the decisions will thus give significant weight to those who are actually on the streets and experiencing the security problems. It is a difficult balance between the need to rely on volunteers to deal with the problem we face now, and the goal of having a better public perception of Republicans. We remain hopeful that Oregonians can distinguish between offense and defense, and any “offense” here on our side is largely the product of false propaganda about the nature and risks of likely sources of volunteers.
  • James Buchal
    commented 2017-07-01 18:35:21 -0700
    Mr. Westmoreland, as far as we know, the Patriot Prayer group has made efforts to remove neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists from attendance to the extent this is feasible in a public setting. We see Antifa attacking both patriotism and prayer without regard to the presence of provocateurs, as in their threats concerning the Avenue of Roses Parade. And this is not directly relevant to the question we face. Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and white supremacists are not the sort of locally-based, DPSST-certified volunteers we may welcome to protect us. As far as we can tell, your fear is the product of propaganda that should be viewed with a more discerning eye.
  • Jerry Westmoreland
    commented 2017-07-01 15:36:44 -0700
    " We reject media attempts to portray reasonable defense against the threat of Leftist violence as an affirmative attack or escalation. We trust the People of Oregon know which side is causing the problem here."

    Neo-Nazis, anti-semites, white supremacists are all present at these Patriot Prayer rallies. Very few of them are from Portland, and they choose to stage them there knowing it will provoke a reaction. This is not a media attempt, this is the truth. Both sides are guilty of inflaming tensions!
  • Jerry Westmoreland
    commented 2017-07-01 15:34:22 -0700
    This is incredibly terrifying and I beg you please reconsider this decision. I get that you are scared for your safety, and that the morons calling themselves antifascists should not be trying to silence you, but going this route will only lead to more violence and escalation. Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, etc. are far-right extremists who are racist, anti-semitic, and linked with a variety of anti-government and neo-Nazi organizations.



    I am a liberal and a progressive, and I support your right to disagree with me. But this sets a scary precedent that you will try and use the actions of a very stupid minority to use violence to silence the much larger percentage of us that are peaceful and who love this county just as much as you do.

    For the love of God don’t do this!
  • Patrick Dugan
    commented 2017-07-01 11:29:50 -0700
    Centrist here. Seems like the mere signalling of deputization of militia, whether you may construe it as such in fact, or not, is itself escalating the situation. The entire premise of security personel is to mitigate the chaotic outcomes of a crowded public situation where only a tiny fraction of the attendees can instigate violent disruption – that’s as true for a concert as a political rally.

    A prudent risk analysis here, mixed with a bit of common sense about human nature and crowd psychology, would tell you that the odds of an altercation go up by taking this route. If it were just about cost, perhaps a mea culpa-not mea culpa statement combined with a renewed appeal to raise funds to hire non-political security personel for events would give you both a boost in general public perception and in supporters.