Monday, May 3, 2010

MARY FALLIN - SHOWING WHAT KIND OF GOVERNOR SHE MIGHT BE

++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING
++ COMMENTS ON BANQUET, MEMBERSHIP DRIVE & REV PETERSON
++ ANNOUNCEMENTS
++ ACTION ITEMS
++ MARY FALLIN - SHOWING WHAT KIND OF GOVERNOR SHE MIGHT BE
++ TIDBITS

++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING

Our 12 noon luncheon of Wednesday May 5th will be held at Italiano’s
restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Our speaker this week will be
State Corporation Commissioner, Dana Murphy. Commissioner Murphy was
narrowly elected to this office two years ago in a special election
and has proven not to be afraid to take a position differing from the
other two commissioners. I am looking forward to hearing her
perspective on the position since being elected and I also have 2 or 3
questions to ask about important decisions, both past and future. Dues
paying members as of April 21st and who are present will be given a
ballot to vote to endorse Ms. Murphy or to make no endorsement.

Last week our members voted 4 to 1 to endorse Mr. John Doak for State
Insurance Commissioner. I am always concerned about any candidate
launching for a statewide race only 2 or 3 months before filing date
unless they already have a very high name identification. To be
honest, this process always draws a few crazies who may just want
nothing more than to see their name in the newspapers a couple of
times and on a ballot. However, I was very pleased with Mr. Doak. He
was obviously a high caliber individual, fairly well known in the
industry and the Tulsa area. I would suggest he also has a
conservative ideology fairly well developed. I certainly believe he
would be an improvement over the incumbent Kim Holland who was a
Democrat delegate for President Obama during the elections of 2008.
Mr. Doak now joins these other candidates endorsed by OCPAC members,
Randy Brogdon for Governor, John Wright for Lt. Governor, Mark
Costello for Labor Commissioner, Nathan Dahm for 1st Congressional
District, R.J. Harris for 4th District and Kevin Calvey for 5th
Congressional District. Congratulations to these candidates, they have
earned their endorsements.

++ COMMENTS ON BANQUET, MEMBERSHIP DRIVE & REV. PETERSON

First, a big thanks to the 190 or so who attended. I have received
many positive comments about various aspects of the banquet. All of
our award recipients were present except Senator Brogdon and Mark
Shannon. Senator Brogdon was in Guymon as the commencement speaker for
the local home school graduation ceremony as well as attending a
variety of other campaign events in the panhandle. Unfortunately, Mark
was back in the hospital giving the nurses a hard time. However, he
sent his frequent caller, “Don the Baptist” to receive his award and
to tell us that Mark would rather be with us than back in the
hospital.

A huge thanks to Richard Engle, his wife Denise, Stephanie West, Betty
Head, Char Gurlick, Sterling Johnson, Ruth Green, Clark Curry, Sharon
Bieker, Nita Lindberg and any others I may have forgotten who worked
to make this event happen, especially Richard as he put a huge amount
of time into this event and serves as chairman of the planning
committee. Thanks also to Kimray, Bell West America, Clark Curry
Allstate Agency, the Randy Brogdon for Governor Campaign, along with
the campaigns of Kevil Calvey for Congress and Mark Costello for Labor
Commissioner for their advertising in our program. The revenues from
advertising help to underwrite the costs of a banquet, which in turn
helps to keep the cost down for those attending. Many asked me to put
information in the e-mail about our caterer. The food came from
Chippers Grill (no longer a restaurant, just a caterer) with the
following phone number (405) 312-7380.

As part of the event, we had a membership drive where I found some
generous donors to contribute $50 for each new member (up to 46)
during the month of April. The memberships were coming in with numbers
sufficient to go beyond the 46 so we now have another donor to extend
the challenge through the end of May for an additional 20 members.
During April, 52 new members joined bringing our total for the year to
214, just 4 shy of breaking our all time record of 217 members. We
have now exceeded the $33,000 we raised for the 2008 elections and I
believe we are on track to exceed $40,000 for the 2010 election
cycle.

That is a tribute to the staying power and consistency of OCPAC and
the confidence in the principles for which we stand. Also important is
the knowledge that almost every dollar contributed goes to support
conservative candidates, since everyone at OCPAC is a volunteer and
therefore not even a percentage of our dues are consumed for salaries
as is the case with most PACs and the Republican party. I want to
invite more folks to become dues paying members as we need 14 more
people to join by the end of May to take full advantage of our current
matching challenge.

Memberships will continue to trickle in through September, though it
is important to have most of our money in place by the middle of June
as we will start distributing contributions by June 23rd. While our
dues paying members decide which candidates we support, we have a
finance committee who decides the amount for the candidates, so it is
important to have the bulk of our money on hand by the middle of June
for those decisions. No matter where you live in the state, please
consider joining as we support candidates running in districts all
over the state. Getting conservative lawmakers elected in the rural
areas is crucial to making Oklahoma a better state. Instructions on
joining will follow my sign off.

Now for comments about our keynote speaker. I picked up the Reverend
Jesse Lee Peterson and his assistant, James Hake, at the airport about
10:30 Wednesday night and chauffeured them around to 9 different
events until they boarded their plane early Saturday morning. He has a
powerful message to Americans of all stripes and color of skin. He
speaks boldly, bluntly and with a dash of humor thrown in for good
measure. He continues to say our struggles are spiritual, a struggle
between good and evil, sin as described by God through is Word and
righteousness also defined in His Word.

To the black community he challenges them to not be deceived into
thinking you are right with God when you have anger in your heart and
are willing to accept sin, hatred, lies and immorality in church
leaders or those who run for, or hold political office. He decries the
breakdown of the Black family, caused by the socialist agenda of
liberal progressives like Lyndon Johnson and so called civil rights
leaders. Men who hijacked the ideals of being “judged by the content
of a persons character rather than by the color of one’s skin” as
espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The ideals of that statement
were hijacked and today’s civil rights leaders do not want racial
harmony, but they rather foment problems so they can hold themselves
out as necessary leaders to protect black America from the “evil
whitey” who wants to suppress them.

He suggests that many of today’s black pastors were called by their
mama’s and not by God. He says the NAACP is not much different from
the KKK. One wears white garb and the other black. The KKK killed
blacks physically while the NAACP kills the souls of black people by
making them hate and become dependent on socialist government
programs. He says the way to restore America is to restore the divine
order of the family, where Christ is over man, man is over the woman
and the mother is over the children. A Godly family of with a strong
moral father can experience liberty and cannot be controlled or
manipulated by the minions of evil. That kind of a father provides
physical, mental and moral protection for his wife and children and
guards against deception.

I thought his most powerful message was delivered to about 35 patriot
pastors at a noon luncheon on Thursday. The majority of those pastors
are white and he stressed the necessity to love black people by
speaking truth to them. He contends many black people are simply
captives of a lie. Most black preachers, civil rights leaders,
Democrat politicians and the liberal media lie to them to keep them on
the Democrat plantation. To keep them in fear of whitey and allow the
liberals and black leaders to become wealthy and politically
powerful.

He told them they have been forced into the closet of silence because
of the fear of being called a racist. To prove his point on several
occasions he said he has been called every name in the book,
especially the word “nigger”. He says he has been called that word so
many times he has considered changing his name to the Reverend Jesse
Nigger Peterson. At a couple of events, while relating this, he would
cut lose with repeating the word several times in a row and then say
with a laugh, “you white people are afraid of that word aren’t you?”

His purpose was not to encourage white people to start using the word
but to point out how political correctness has turned us into cowards.
He challenged the pastors and people at the banquets to love black
people by telling them truth when God makes an opportunity. In all
reality, the issues of anger, hatred, sin and immorality are just a
important for the lives of white people as they are to black folks. I
first met Jesse 12 years ago, but really had a great time with him for
a few days and will never forget our time together during this trip.

The live in studio interview last Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. on the
mostly black KRMP 1140 AM station was a hoot. Talk show hosts Harold
and Larry along with producer and call screener Launa were responsible
for some of the most fun I have had in studio. Many readers may not
know, I had my own program for about 6 months on a station in Norman
back in 2001. Unfortunately they scheduled two other guests for their
program so Jesse was only on about 45 to 50 minutes. Some of his blunt
statements caused the phone lines to light up with callers and there
just wasn’t enough time to take more than a couple of calls.

Larry and Harold indicated they want to have Jesse on again by phone
sometime in the future. We taped two shows early Thursday morning for
the Watchman on the Wall program with hosts Noah Hutchins and Larry
Spargimino. The show is sponsored by the Southwest Radio Church. The
programs will air on 890 AM at 10:30 on Monday and Tuesday, May 24th
and 25th. Jesse and I were both interviewed on a variety of issues
so you may want to put that on your calendar and check it out.
However, he also tapped a program with the Reverend Vernon Burris, a
black minister who will play the interview next Saturday morning at
9:00 a.m. on KTLV 1220 AM. In case you didn’t get to hear Jesse, these
would be some good opportunities.

++ ANNOUNCEMENTS

+ MONDAY EVENING - EDMOND - Don’t forget the Dr. J. Rufus Fears
lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Hardeman Auditorium on the campus of
Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 Memorial road. His lecture will be
about the Declaration of Independence and its relevance today. There
is no charge to attend.

+ THURSDAY EVENING - TULSA - Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free
Enterprise will host their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 6th at the
Hardesty Regional Library, 93rd and South Memorial in Tulsa. The
meeting begins at 6:45. I don’t have the agenda, but the meetings are
always informative.

+ FRIDAY NOON - OKC - There will be a STOP SQ 744 RALLY on the
first floor rotunda at 12 noon. This is one of the most DANGEROUS
state questions to ever be voted on in the State of Oklahoma.
Sponsored by the teacher unions, if passed it would constitutionally
mandate the State of Oklahoma to spend tax dollars on education equal
to the regional average.

Three reasons to defeat the measure. 1) Oklahoma has lower wages and
cost of living than any state in the region. To force us to spend
above our ability is foolish, especially since the regional average is
a moving target, nearly always going up. 2) If it were in effect
today, we would be FORCED to raise taxes by over $800 million dollars
which would be very harmful to our economy, or we would have to cut
spending another $800 million dollars on top of the cuts already in
place. That would be devastating to the funding for the proper
functions of government such as roads, public safety and prisons. 3)
Actually the most important reason, spending $800 million more on
education WOULD NOT IMPROVE the quality of education in the government
schools. The ONLY thing it would do is make the teachers more wealthy
(current average salary $44,000 for a contract to work only 180 days
per year) and the union bosses more politically powerful.

++ ACTION ITEMS

* Last week Governor Henry vetoed Representative Wesselhoft’s HB 2569
which would prevent the government from putting Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) chips on our driver’s licenses or personal ID
cards. Please call your state Representative and ask them to support
an override of the governor’s veto. If you don’t know the direct
number for your personal lawmaker, call the Capitol switchboard and
give them the name of your lawmaker (you should know that by now)! The
number is (405) 521-2711.

* Call your personal State Senator to ask that HB 2811 be supported.
This legislation, if passed would allow for a religious exemption to
not have your bio-metric information on your drivers licenses or allow
your social security to be used as part of an international ID system.
If you don’t know your personal Senator’s number, the switchboard is
(405) 524-0126 or toll free is 1 800 865-6490.

Both of these bills are about personal privacy and an effort to
protect us from moving ever closer to becoming a surveillance society
with BIG BROTHER watching our ever movement. The religious exemption
law would require an additional fee when we renew our license and not
cost the state any additional money. Please call on both of these
items on Monday or Tuesday, preferably on Monday

++ MARY FALLIN - SHOWING WHAT KIND OF GOVERNOR SHE MIGHT BE

I finally had an opportunity to hear U.S. Representative Fallin talk
about issues and ask some questions. This past Monday, she spent all
day in Guthrie, starting with a 7:30 breakfast at the hospital of
which I serve on the Board of Trustees. It was a small group and for
the most part, she was there for the purpose of finding out
information about health care at the local level. I asked the
following question: Would you lead in an effort or support legislation
which would require people on Sooner Care to be required to pay a $5
co-pay when they show up at a clinic or hospital? Her answer was that
she kind of liked the idea of people having some participation in
their health care, but that we would probably have to have some kind
of “means testing” for the poor. Excuse me, means testing for $5.00?
That would create a bureaucratic cost greater than the $5 co-pay would
provide.

Of course the real problem with her answer is that she doesn’t have a
clue as to how to roll back the welfare state, reduce the size of
government and help or force people to become more independent. Let me
explain: In November of 1766, just about 10 years before we signed the
Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin made the following statement
in a speech:

“ I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them
easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I
traveled much, I observed in different countries that the more public
provisions were made for the poor, the less they provides for
themselves, and of course became poorer. And on the contrary the less
was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became
richer.”

In other words, if you really want to help poor people, DO NOT make it
easy for them in their poverty, but rather persuade them to work and
become more productive. If you can’t persuade them to do so, then
FORCE them to do so. I frequently hear callers on Dave Ramsey’s show
or even on the other talk shows, callers thanking the host for
persuading them to get off their duff and make something out of their
lives. That is the persuasion method. If they can’t be persuaded, then
we must find ways to force them out of the system. My question to Mary
was not out of the blue.

Earlier in the session State Representative John Wright (R-Broken
Arrow) and currently a Lt. Governor candidate authored HB 2544, the
SoonerCare co-payment act. It would have required any person on Sooner
Care to pay $5 to get health care treatment. This very reasonable
legislation would do several things. First, it would increase personal
responsibility by causing some people to be a little less likely to
use clinics and hospital facilities unless necessary. As an example, a
person who would come to an emergency room for treatment of poison ivy
then decide to leave because they would have to wait on people with
serious problems (has actually happened). Second, the $5 would really
help pay for health care in a system that is looking for any way to
survive, especially with the passage of Obama Care. Getting money from
patients is the best way to do so rather than forcing insurance
companies to raise rates or force taxpayer to subsidize health care
facilities with ever more tax dollars.

During debate on the bill, Representative Scott Inman (D-Del City) did
some pandering and grandstanding when he said it would be horrible to
put such a burden of the poorest of the poor. Excuse me, I knew a
family on Sooner Care because they had 5 children. The dad was
gainfully employed and made more than I did at the time. The family
also had a boat, went to the lake on occasion and had a couple of
horses for the kids. Nothing wrong with any of those things, but don’t
tell me they can’t afford to pay $5 for mom or one of the kids to go
to see a doctor.

To be sure, there are people poorer than the person I mentioned,
mainly because they spend too much of their money on video games, cell
phones, movies, cigarettes, booze, drugs, in casinos or on lottery
tickets under the illusion that they will win the big game sponsored
by the Oklahoma State owned and operated Lottery.

Now, lets say there were a small number of people who are really poor,
because of no fault of their own. If they need to take a child to a
doctor, they should ask a family member, a friend or neighbor for the
$5. If that doesn’t work, then they should ask their church (assuming
they attend) for help with the $5 or perhaps one of the many civic or
charitable organizations. If that doesn’t work, then come to me and I
will put up the $5 assuming some circus barker like Representative
Scott Inman will do the same!

Inman’s debate turned enough Republicans into cowards to vote against
the bill or caused them to slithering out of the chamber to hide until
the vote was over, so that it failed. The vote was 32 Yeas, 56 Nays
and 13 missing in action. Not one single Socialist Democrat voted for
the measure. Following are the Republicans who voted against the
measure and were the reason it failed:

Don Armes (R-Lawton no surprise here), Gary Banz (R-Midwest City) Lisa
Billy (R-Purcell), David Dank (R-OKC his wife who served in the
legislature was a conservative, he is not), Lee Denney (R-Cushing, no
surprise here), Dale DeWitt (R-Braman, again no surprise here), Eddie
Fields (R-Wynona a freshman who is going to run for Senate district
10. OCPAC didn’t support him because he showed not to be a
conservative when he came before us in the 2006 election cycle), Shane
Jett (R-Tecumseh, what can I say, he has won our RINO award once and
been runner-up a couple of times), Charles Key (R-Bethany a rare vote
like this is what has kept Charles’ index score just below the
lifetime average of a 90 to prevent him from receiving an award from
us. On many issues Charles is a great lawmaker, it just shows no one
is perfect), Skye McNiel (R-Bristow, no surprise to me), Lewis Moore
(R-Arcadia), Jason Nelson (R-OKC), Charles Ortega (R-Altus), Pat
Ownbey (R-Ardmore), Earl Sears (R-Bartlesville, again no surprise
here), Chris Steele (R-Shawnee and the next Speaker of the House. This
kind of legislation is the number one weakness for Steele and just one
of many examples of why an accurate description of Steele would be a
“Christian socialist or Republican progressive.”) Randy Terrill (R-
Moore, this will shock some folks, but Randy is all over the place.
Good on some issues but he has become a very inconsistent
conservative. Perhaps his joining the state employees union has
clouded his judgment?), Todd Thomsen (R-Ada, so typical of rural
Republican lawmakers), Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore, don’t ask me why he
voted with the liberal Republicans and not with the conservatives),
and finally Harold Wright (R-Weatherford, a freshman turning out to be
another liberal from the rural areas).

The following are the ones who may have had a good reason to be absent
but most probably “took a hike” to avoid the vote:

Gus Blackwell (R-Goodwell), Mike Christian (R-South OKC), Fred Jordan
(R-Jenks), Ron Peters (R-Tulsa, usually in the mix for a RINO award,
fortunately he is close to being term limited), Dan Sullivan (R-Tulsa,
no surprise here), Mike Thompson (R-OKC, one of the 5th District
Congressional candidates) and then of course John Trebilcock (R-Broken
Arrow, a consistent moderate in the House).

Bottom line, many Republicans in the legislature as well as Mary
Fallin may or may not know where they are. However, I believe they
don’t have a clue as to where they need to go or how to get there to
make Oklahoma a better state. Spending must be cut and some people
must be forced to become personally responsible for their well being.
I will have more on Mary Fallin later as I learned a lot about her
this past week.

++ TIDBITS

* I recently received a fund raising letter from Dr. Rod MacIlvaine,
a PHD who recently joined the Veritas Worldview Institute at Oklahoma
Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. We have had the University’s
President speak at OCPAC twice and once at Clouds Over America. If I
had a child ready to attend higher education and send them anywhere I
wanted in the state, this would be the University as I believe it to
be the best among the 3 or 4 good universities in the state. I want to
share a part of the letter as I found it to be very educational:

“What impresses me most about OKWU is the way our professors weave the
four pillars of our school into each class. Whether students are
enrolled in music education or nursing science, or a math lab…the four
pillars always inform our academics.
* The primacy of Jesus Christ
* The priority of the Scriptures
* The pursuit of Wisdom
* And the practice of truth

As I sat in the campus coffee shop recently, it struck me that
Oklahoma Wesleyan epitomizes everything historically noble about
higher education.

For centuries the very term university meant that a diversity of
subjects was brought under the unity of knowledge found in Christ:
hence the term uni-versity.

Of course, most universities fail to live up to this historic vision.
They could be more aptly deemed multi-versities, schools with
curricula cobbled together from various divergent worldviews that
suppress the truth about God (Romans 1:18).

It’s no wonder that many (if not most) graduates of these postmodern
academic institutions leave their schools riddled with doubts and
deeply skeptical over matters of truth and faith.”

Folks those past few paragraphs are profound. No doubt our kids want
to attend the big name universities with all the glitzy sports and
activities, but it is no wonder they often come out spiritual cripples
or distracted from the most important things in life. I stay angered
that my tax dollars have to support the government schools rather than
allowing me to support the universities of my choice. With the few
shekels left over after paying my taxes, I did send a contribution as
I try to support those things in which I have confidence.

* As you may know, Arizona has stepped up its effort to deal with
what is literally a siege of illegal aliens into the state, creating
enormous crime, damage and costs to the citizens of Arizona.
Representatives Randy Terrill, Mike Christian and Senator Sykes along
with perhaps others are going to try and attach legislation to at
least match what Arizona has done or take it a few steps further.

The reaction across the nation by the liberals and the Bush type
progressive Republicans, aided by the main stream liberal media, has
been an all out attack upon the citizens of Arizona and their duly
elected officials. What is not being shown is the rock, and bottle
throwing as well as near riots occurring, all initiated by the
illegals and their supporters.

Folks this is very serious, it just shows what a serious problem we
have created by allowing the massive flow of illegal aliens and how
the leftists will use any kind of lie to intimidate the good people of
Arizona. Boycotts and any other means possible are being called on to
pressure Arizona officials to back off. If they do, Arizona will
probably be lost much like California (however that is to be
defined).

Arizona is a huge vacation destination. If Oklahoma decides not to do
anything to put more pressure on illegals here, my wife and I have
decided to cancel our staycation of traveling Route 66 in Oklahoma and
go instead to Arizona, to the Flagstaff, Grand Canyon and Sedonia area
for vacation. I want to reward their courage and I will contact their
department of tourism to let them know why we are coming to Arizona as
well as the department of tourism in Oklahoma to tell them why we
decided not to vacation in Oklahoma. We should all call our State
Representatives and Senators and urge them to pass additional
legislation to deal with the illegal alien problem here. Arizona needs
for other states to step up to the plate and keep them from being
isolated and the target of every liberal in the nation. If enough
states will get tough of these illegal criminals, it will diffuse the
ability of the liberals to punish a particular state.

* The editorial page in the current issue of the Oklahoma Gazette (I
pronounce it Gay-Zette) has a point and counter point article about
the “I Don’t Care” conference recently held at Trinity Baptist Church
in Yukon. The point comes from a congregant of Robin Myers, arguably
OKC’s leading false prophet. The counterpoint comes from Pastor Paul
Blair of Fairview Baptist Church, a leader in Oklahoma regarding the
culture war and the effort to expose the dangerous ideology and
strategy behind radical Islam. It is excellent and I urge folks to
pick up a copy of the Gazette at a local restaurant or other location
by Wednesday before the next issue is out. If you can’t find one, I
will post it to read at our meeting this Wednesday.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows
Charliemeadows7@gmail.com