++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING
++ ENDORSEMENTS FOR GOVERNOR’S RACE
++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING
Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, July 21st will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Those who have read
these e-mails for any length of time know of my disappointment with
the National Rifle Association (NRA). On a national level, I believe
they make deals with Congress and compromise on legislation which
eventually gets passed. A couple of weeks ago, KTOK news reported the
NRA had just endorsed U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada). At about the
same time, OCPAC Vice Chairman Richard Engle received a fund raising
call from someone representing the NRA. Richard asked why he had
endorsed “dirty” Harry Reid, the leader of the liberal Democrats in
Washington? The solicitor told him, “I didn’t, it was the NRA that
On a local level, my problem is with their apparent lack of
aggressiveness on second amendment issues. As an example, during this
past legislative session, the NRA reportedly said the proposed open
carry law and the measure to allow for the manufacturing of guns or
ammunition in Oklahoma for sale in Oklahoma only, were simply not a
priority for them. With passage of such a 10th Amendment issue, those
guns and ammunitions would be free of federal control since they
weren’t being used for interstate commerce. That is why I have been so
happy to see the formation of a new organization in Oklahoma, called
OK2A. They are aggressively working on behalf of the citizens of
Oklahoma. Nationally, Gun Owners of America (GOA) is the “NO
COMPROMISE” organization not only trying to protect the 2nd Amendment
rights we still have, but also working to fully return all of our 2nd
Amendment rights to the citizens of America.
Therefore, our program this week will feature information from Tim
Gillespie about the efforts of OK2A during this past session and parts
of their agenda for next year. However, the big deal about this
Wednesday is that we are going to have a drawing for a brand new
Shotgun. It is a New England Firearms 12 guage pump 3-in turkey gun.
It is the gun I won back in March, but gave it back to Tim to be used
in a future membership drive.
Here is how it will work: at about 12:40 we will have a drawing for
the shotgun. Here is how you get tickets for the drawing. If you join
OK2A at the basic level (annual membership is $17.76) you will receive
1 ticket. I believe there is a little higher level and if you join at
that level you will receive 2 tickets. If you join at the highest
level, you will receive 3 tickets. If you join GOA you will receive 3
tickets and if you cut up your NRA membership card (we will have
scissors available) in front of everyone, you will receive 2
additional tickets. It should be a lot of fun, and your odds may be
very good at winning that beautiful shotgun.
++ ENDORSEMENTS FOR GOVERNOR’S RACE
Senator Brogdon sent out a mailer with a picture of him standing next
to Glen Beck. Senator Brogdon recently had an opportunity to meet with
Beck before his “Taking Back America” event at the Ford Center about 3
weeks ago. Following their meeting, Beck told the audience that
Senator Brogdon was a real serious candidate that people should check
out. That of course is exciting for the Brogdon campaign.
On Monday, the Fallin campaign sent out an e-mail announcing David
Barton’s endorsement. What most people don’t know is that Fallin and
Barton have known each other for some time. One of the problems with
our form of government is the weakness of human nature. We as people
have a tendency to support a candidate based on our knowing them,
liking them or having heard of their name somewhere. We cast our votes
based on relationships rather than diligently examining a candidate’s
ideology, positions on issues or their past performance as an elected
official. The latter takes time and effort and most of us, if honest,
would rather spend time at a ball game, social event or with our
families at the lake.
May I suggest that these out of state star power endorsements may
provide some political help for candidates but often times the star
really knows very little about the candidate or their stands on
issues. While the members of OCPAC are certainly not infallible, I
would suggest an endorsement from our organization should have much
more weight than any out of state star. We at OCPAC do the best we can
to ferret out the shallow and liberal Republicans from those who are
conservative and substantive.
I have followed David Barton’s career for probably the past 25 years
or so. About 13 years ago, we even had David at an OCPAC meeting where
he spoke for about 30 minutes and then we just had a Q&A session with
him for the next hour or more. About 5 or so years ago, OCPAC
sponsored a luncheon for about 30 lawmakers and or their spouses where
both David Barton and Bill Federer did an excellent job of educating
the audience. David is the most valuable Christian historian alive
today, based on his knowledge and ability to get an important message
out to a small or large audience. Therefore, people should make every
effort to access as much historical knowledge from David as possible.
However, I believe David has a significant political shortcoming. He
served for many years as the Vice Chairman of the Republican party in
the State of Texas. I believe he has a propensity to believe
conservatives may have a better chance to influence moderate
Republicans who are more likely to win, than get behind the more
conservative candidates to help them to get into office.
As an example, in 2000 he told a friend of mine that Governor George
W. Bush was a person we could really work with as President. As it
turned out, President Bush turned out to be a liberal Republican and
largely a disaster, especially regarding domestic policies. Based on
his performance as Governor, being a member of the elitist Skull and
Bones fraternity at Yale, as well as the fact that he was the son of
George H. Bush, a member of the CFR, the Trilateral Commission and
Skull and Bones, I warned people about the liberal Bush before he was
elected to the Presidency.
I have said all that to say this, I was right and Barton was wrong
then, just like now, OCPAC is correct about Randy Brogdon being the
best candidate for Governor and Barton is wrong about believing Mary
would be the better governor.
About 5 weeks ago, the Brogdon campaign did a poll of 2,000 likely
voters which showed Fallin still ahead of Brogdon, but 53% indicated
they were still undecided. If those undecided voters break toward
Senator Brogdon when they finally make up their minds, then Randy will
win this race. Much of Mary’s support is “soft” based merely on name
ID. When voters get the chance to hear Randy or become educated about
his leadership in the Senate, they are easily switched to supporting
the good Senator.
I just talked with a friend that is very knowledgeable about
government and politics and boy did he make my day. In the past he has
agreed with me that Randy would far and away be a better governor than
Mary, but he had been solidly in Mary’s camp as he thought she had a
better chance of beating Drew or Jari in November.
However, when I informed him last week that Mary indicated at a forum
in Enid that she opposed anymore tax cuts until the economy improves,
that was the issue that caused him to change positions. He is well
aware, that when you cut taxes on businesses, you stimulate the
economy and an improved economy will create more jobs and increase
revenues which flow into state government. He told me he had just cast
a vote for Senator Brogdon with an absentee ballot.
Randy is aggressively going after votes with his substantive message
of liberty, free enterprise and a prosperous future. Mary is
desperately trying to hold on to her lead, with a positive sounding
message made up of little more than pink, puff and pifile fluff. One
week from today, the Republican voters in Oklahoma can vote for a game
changer like Senator Brogdon or select yet another establishment
candidate who as governor will do little more than nibble around the
edges of the liberal damage done to our state over the past 100 years
by the Democrats.
I hope to have Charlie’s Picks out by Thursday, until then I hope to
see everyone at OCPAC this Wednesday.