Wednesday, December 28, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, December 28th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Our primary speaker
for this Wednesday’s meeting is to be Steve Anderson, Budget director
for Governor Brownback in the state of Kansas. I wanted him to speak
about the budget accomplishments in Kansas and the fact that they have
their 10 year plan in process to eliminate their state income tax.
However, he sent me an e-mail indicating they have new numbers
available requiring an adjustment to the modeling and he therefore may
have to be in Kansas this Wednesday. He actually lives in Logan county
and commutes each week to Kansas. As of this writing, I haven’t been
able to verify if he will be with us.

Our other speaker will be Dr. Scott Lively, attorney, pastor and
international human rights consultant whose ministry for more than
twenty years has been opposing the homosexual political agenda around
the world Dr. Lively’s specialty is training
pro-family advocates how to articulate the pro-family perspective in
both religious and non-religious terms. He has developed a textbook
that was the basis of a 50-city lecture tour of churches and
universities in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union in
2007, and a national pro-family campaign in Uganda in 2009. Following
the text book’s model, he stopped the government of Moldova from
adopting an anti-discrimination policy based upon “sexual orientation”
in March of this year. When he is not on the road, he and his wife run
an inner-city mission in Springfield Massachusetts with the goal of re-
Christianizing the downtrodden city and to restore it’s family-
centeredness through good works and evangelism,
Scott has indicated that Springfield is the most broken-down city in
the most morally corrupt state in the union. If both of our speakers
make the meeting, we will keep Scott to about 10 minutes and give
Steve the rest of the meeting time.


* WEDNESDAY EVENING - EDMOND AREA - Mr. Scott Lively, of whom I
just wrote about above, will be the guest speaker this Wednesday
evening, December 28th at Fairview Baptist church in Edmond. The
church is located on the corner of Sooner road and Danforth. Sooner is
one block West of I-35 and Danforth is one mile North of 2nd street in
Edmond. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. If we can only give Scott 10
minutes at OCPAC, this will be an opportunity to hear him out more

* NEW DOCUMENTARY - A NOBLE LIE is a newly produced full length
documentary about the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City. The 2 hour documentary produced by FREE
MIND FILMS and directed by James Lane takes a fresh and in-depth look
at the circumstances surrounding the 1995 bombing. For more
information log on to:


It looks like the state government will have several hundred million
more in tax revenues to appropriate this coming year than they had
last year. However, since the Governor and lawmakers failed to make
the necessary cuts in the budget earlier this year and chose to fund
the 500 million shortfall with mostly revenues that would be available
only one time, it will take nearly 500 million additional revenues to
fund government at the same level as last year.

However, the education industry, state employees as well as state
agencies are all turning in their wish lists for budget increases
which are “pie in the sky high”. In addition, the state has valid
capital improvement needs. The Capitol does need work, the state has
office buildings which have leaky roofs, a commitment has been made by
some to move the state medical examiner into new facilities in Edmond
and of course there is that pesky native American heritage center
along the Oklahoma river which just needs about 80 million dollars to
go along with the 80 million plus that has already been spent on the
project over the past years.

So what are the solutions some have suggested for these “pressing”
capital needs? Float new bonds, borrow that money, don’t wait until we
can pay for the improvements with new growth funds. Borrow it and pay
it out over many years in the future. Pay that interest, double the
costs of some of those projects, after all, the tax payers simply
aren’t smart enough to realize just how much more a projects costs
once they pay those bonds off with interest. Who knows, maybe our
buddies, the bond underwriters, will help us with contributions for
our next election cycle? Those thoughts represent the attitudes of
some in the legislature.

But wait folks, it doesn’t have to be this way. Even though the
lawmakers and Governor violate the intention of Oklahoma’s founding
fathers and go along with flawed State Supreme Court decisions which
have allowed for hundreds of millions in bonded indebtedness, this
wasteful foolishness doesn’t have to continue in this manner.

State Representative, and the next designated Speaker of the House,
T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) had a bill passed this year to determine the
number of properties owned by the state. Expecting it to be around
4,500, everyone was surprised to learn the state owns about 9,000
properties. The continuation of that legislation is to categorize the
properties to determine which ones have little value or excessive
costs to maintain and then sell many of them to investors in the
private sector. Some of the proceeds could be used to fund these
capital needs or I believe Representative Shannon has proposed
creating an endowment out of the proceeds and then using the earnings
of the endowment to fund the maintenance of state properties. That
way, taxpayers will not always be harassed for evermore money in the

Also, lawmakers could declare an emergency for the most critical needs
and use some of the 200 million that has been put back into the
state’s rainy day fund. Here is another novel idea. Why not make some
of the cuts in spending this year, especially those wasteful and
immoral tax credits, and use those savings for capital needs? If we
really wanted to be smart, we could eliminate all funding for so
called “pre-K education”, especially since there is no long term
benefit for those expenditures according to the vast body of

To stop this push for increased borrowing, citizens will have to make
it crystal clear to there state representative and state senator that
we don’t want to continue to deficit finance state government. Spend
what we have and no more!

Now, please pay close attention. Due to re-districting, many people in
the state of Oklahoma are going to have a different state senator and/
or a different state representative as your elected officials. Many
will also have different polling places, I believe 11,000 voters in
Logan county will vote at a different location. So please call your
COUNTY election board, give them your name and address and they can
tell you who your senator and representative happens to be as well as
where to vote. Once you have that information, write it down, put it
on your refrigerator, in your wallet, purse, or tattoo it on your
ankle. I don’t care how you save it, just save it, as you will need to
contact your elected officials at the Capitol during the session next
year. Citizens can have a significant influence toward good government
if we will just contact our lawmakers at the proper times next


We are going to finish 2011 with 230 dues paying members which is 13
more than the record of 217 set for a non-election year in 2009. We
also have the largest number of people in our history contributing on
a monthly basis by having us draft their checking accounts for either
$15 or $30 per month. The monthly drafts are raising about $600 per
month which is huge over a 2 year period of time as it produces nearly
$15,000. Personally, that is how I contribute as that $30 each month
is easy to afford. We have raised over $20,000 this year, though with
6 special elections we have invested over a fourth of that in these
special elections. So far we have won 1 and lost one and we have
contributed to 3 of the 4 to be determined on February 14th.

The good news is, there are many excellent candidates running for
office in next year’s election cycle. That is why your continued
support is so crucial. We are slowly helping to increase the level of
conservatism in state government.

Therefore, please pay close attention. Over the past couple of months,
several folks have already paid their dues for membership in 2012. In
addition, folks having their checking accounts drafted will have their
memberships automatically renewed. However memberships for everyone
else will expire this coming Saturday, December 31st.

Therefore, I want to invite our current members to renew their
memberships and for others to consider joining at this time. We have 3
levels of membership. The basic membership costs $50 per year. We have
the Elephant Provider level which is $180 per year or we can draft
your checking account for $15 per month (.50 cents a day). Our highest
level is the Elephant Provider and RINO Hunter level which is $360 per
year or we can draft your checking account for $30 per month ($1.00
per day). If you chose to join at a higher level through the checking
account drafts and later on for whatever reason want or need to stop,
simply send me an e-mail requesting the stop and it will be done.
Regardless of what level of membership people join OCPAC, their
support is sincerely appreciated. Please remember, OCPAC is an all
volunteer organization and no one earns any money for their efforts.
With very low overhead, almost all of the money you contribute goes to
support conservative candidates or is used to try and hold elected
officials accountable for the conservative rhetoric they espouse when
they want our support and votes. Information on how to join will
follow my sign off.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows

Monday, December 19, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, December 12th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. This Wednesday will
be the interview process for the candidates running in the special
election for Senate District 20. The district includes all of Pawnee,
Noble and Logan counties as well as the Western and Northern parts of
Kingfisher counties. Invitations were sent to the 4 Republican
candidates, Phil Berkenbile of Morrison as well as A.J. Griffin, Chris
Humphreys and Wayne Murphey, all of Guthrie. Mr. Humphreys and Murphey
will attend, while Mrs. Griffin indicated she would not attend. I have
urged her to re-consider and make every effort to come to the meeting.
However, something a little unusual occurred with Mr. Berkenbile. His
invitation letter came back to our P.O. Box as undeliverable. I
checked to see if I had sent it to the address he filled out when he
filed for office as was listed on the state election board’s web-site.
I had sent it to the proper address. Seems like every election cycle
one or more candidates fail to fill out their own address correctly,
usually failing to include their zip code. However, Mr. Berkenbile
included his zip code in this case.

I decided not to go the extra mile to urge him to come as he probably
would not come anyway. You see, I believe Mr. Berkenbile is not a real
conservative and his handlers know that he would probably not do well
at OCPAC if he did come. Why do I say such a thing?

He is the state director for Oklahoma’s Career Tech system. While the
system has its successes, it is grossly over-expensive for what it
delivers compared to what could be done through privately owned trade
schools. We could help students attend the trade schools through
scholarships and thus reduce some of the annually appropriated dollars
which go the Career Tech. In addition, we could then save huge amounts
of property tax dollars which are required to maintain and pay for the
multitude of government owned buildings. Trade schools in the private
sector pay for their own facilities, often times leasing space in
vacant shopping centers.

A couple of other reasons, I don’t believe he would do well is based
on his recent switch to the Republican party. Don’t get me wrong, we
want conservative Democrats to become Republicans. However, Mr.
Berkenbile has a long history of contributing to and supporting
Democrats. In addition, he vigorously opposed legislation earlier this
year to allow law abiding citizens with a concealed carry permit to
drive onto a career tech campus with their firearm locked in the
trunk. Previously, if you didn’t want to be a lawbreaker, you would
have to go home first and leave your firearm there before you could go
from work to take a class at a Career Tech campus.

One more thing, I don’t believe he will need a contribution from us. I
have been made privy to a shakedown letter sent to various lobbyists
in the state by State Representative Dale DeWitt (R-Braman) on behalf
of Berkenbile. DeWitt, through 9 years in the legislature, has a
lifetime conservative index score of a paltry 56, meaning only 7
Republican House members more liberal than DeWitt out of the 70
Republicans. DeWitt is also the House Majority leader so I believe he
is using his powerful position to really strong arm lobbyists to
contribute to “his personal friend”, Bill Berkenbile. Following is
the content of the shakedown letter:

“From the Desk of Dale DeWitt”

December 13, 2011

Dear …….?

“This is an unusual letter. Yes, I’m asking for money.

No, it’s not for me.

It’s not for another elected official. It’s not even for my caucus.

I’m writing to ask you to donate to a personal friend of mine, Phil
Berkenbile, who is running for the State Senate in the open seat to
replace another great friend, Senator David Myers.

I’ve known Phil for 32 years (We both have a background in Vo-Ag
education and our families are very close). But more important, I
know Phil to be a man of integrity and virtue. And we need people like
him in our government. As the statewide Director for Career Tech, Phil
has shown he can help run government more efficiently. And I know,
he’ll be a Senator whose door will always be open.

If you do not know Phil, I hope you will trust my judgment. I would
consider it a personal honor if you (and any of your friends) would
contribute to Phil based on my recommendation. in fact, I would like
you to send your contribution in the enclosed envelope so I can know
who I should personally thank for supporting my good friend, Phil

Phil is the type of person who has demonstrated he can work with all
Oklahomans in order to get great things accomplished for this state.
As director of Career Tech, Phil helped maintain THE BEST technical
education system in the nation during a time of tremendous budget
cuts. In doing so, he has engaged Republicans, Democrats, urbanites
and rural interests. Because of Phil’s willingness to reach across the
aisle and work with all Oklahomans, he is already being attacked by
some of the more extreme elements of our Republican Party. That’s why
I need your help.

This special election is only a few weeks away (the primary is on
Valentine’s Day -- February 14th). And, as you know it is not only
incumbents, but all candidates, who have limitations on their
fundraising once session begins. So Phil needs your contribution now.

Again, this is not your typical letter. Phil is a close friend of mine
-- and I want him to raise enough money to be successful. ……….. are a
key part of this. Please send your donation today.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Dale DeWitt

P.S. I really would appreciate your personal contribution, as well as
your help in raising money from others you know. The key race is the
Republican Primary, so I want you to contribute early. Please, use the
enclosed envelope today.

Not Printed at Taxpayer Expense Paid for by Phil Berkenbile for
Senate District 20, 2012”

Folks, by DeWitt insisting these lobbyists send the money to him
first, it just shows how a powerful Republican Majority leader intends
to really put the screws to the lobbyists. In my opinion, that is
exactly the kind of influence which has the potential to corrupt our
system as it almost hints of “pay to play”.

At least one of the candidates that will appear before us on Wednesday
has taken a pledge not to take any money or gifts from any lobbyists
or a PAC which employees a lobbyist. That is what we need more of in
government. But for that to ever succeed, people are going to have to
pull money out of their own pockets so that their elected officials
are responsive to them and not to the powerful special interests.


* EDMOND AREA - TUESDAY EVENING - Tuesday evening, 7 until 8:30
p.m., I will continue training session 2 out of 4 which I began 2
weeks ago. The 4 week session will consist of the principles of good
government and the ideals of our founding fathers as well as the
political process, governing and the workings of the Republican party.
The main purpose of the sessions is to further develop members of the
Generation Joshua Project and other youth in their age range which is
from 11 to 19. Adults are invited to attend, but please allow the
young people to ask most of the questions. The location is Fairview
Baptist Church which is on the Southeast corner of Danforth and Sooner
Road in Edmond (Sooner road is about 1 block West of I-35 and Danforth
is 1 mile North of Edmond Road or 2nd Street). An outline and short
review of the first session will be available.

* FUTURE EVENT - January 20 and 21st will be the 3rd annual Clouds
over America seminar. I believe it may well be the most important
educational event of the year in Oklahoma for 2012. There will be 10
speakers running from Friday afternoon through noon on Saturday. As
soon as the flyer is printed I will share the full details of the
event. Please keep these dates open as it will be a very important
time for the good citizens in the culture war, seeking better


Governor Mayr Fallin and State School Superintendent Janet Berresi had
so been lusting in hopes of receiving millions of dollars from the
bankrupt federal government to arrive just in time for Christmas
through the “Race to the Top” federal grant program for early

However, like lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings, they
received word last week that Oklahoma would be left out in the cold
regarding their hopes for the funding. Knowledgeable conservatives
understand what a waste of taxpayer money these programs happen to be
as well as the potential for behavioral problems created in some
children who are herded into these peer dependent programs.
Conservative organizations such as Restore Oklahoma Public Education
(ROPE), The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), Professional
Oklahoma Educators (POE) as well as many members of OCPAC are all
against this, Race to the Top program. Following are a couple of
editorials out of the December 15th edition of the Tulsa Beacon
Newspaper about early childhood education and the performance of Janet

“Barresi no conservative

It was announced to legislators this month that Joel Robinson,
assistant executive director (and chief lobbyist) for the Oklahoma
Education Association (OEA/NEA), has been hired to be State
Superintendent Janet Barresi’s new chief of staff, effective later
this month. This new hiring decision adds to the confusion about the
State Department of Education’s direction and, quite frankly, the move
is astounding.

We know that birds of a feather flock together and, as we’ve seen,
Barresi is not the conservative Republican she was elected to be.

Her recent decision to hire a new chief of staff from the top ranks of
the state affiliate of the most liberal teachers’ union in the nation
further confirms this fact. This move makes about as much sense as
Ronald Reagan asking Jimmy Carter to be his vice president.

Barresi’s actions show that authenticity is rare these days, but there
continues to be one true, conservative voice for educators:
Professional Oklahoma Educators (POE). With over 7,000 members across
the state, we will continue to move forward, undeterred by Barresi’s
actions, to achieve what is best for Oklahoma students and teachers.

Ginger Tinney, Norman
POE Executive Director”

The next editorial reflects the opinions of the Tulsa Beacon

“More ’nanny state’ nonsense

The motto of Tulsa Educare is: ’embrace, empower, evolve.’ That
reference to evolution alone would identify this as an attempt to
infuse secular humanism into our culture by indoctrinating some of our
youngest children.

Tulsa Educare, Inc. (TEI), Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) and George
Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) have teamed up to start a third
Educare school, which will open in August of next year.

Kaiser, the richest man in Oklahoma (thanks in part to the
government), is behind the funding of the 38,000-square-foot school
with 16 classrooms.

Of course, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Oklahoma School Superintendent
Janet Barresi dutifully went to the groundbreaking along with the OEA
puppets from Tulsa Public Schools.

Liberals like to throw tons of money on an idea that sounds good (help
poor kids) but never work out the way they should.

Instead of boosting the nuclear family - the backbone of our culture -
these “progressives” would rather institutionalize the children of
poor people and “shield them” from the influence of parents and faith.

Study after study (at least one by Head Start) shows that kids that
get pushed into public education before age 5 wind up at the same
level in the second grade as those students who were allowed to be
children and were nurtured by their own parents.

So, while Tulsa Public Schools is closing school buildings it is
providing some funding for questionable education for kids under the
age 5.

Trying to indoctrinate preschoolers may give some liberals a warm
feeling but it won’t end poverty in Tulsa - not by a long shot.

For ROPE’s perspective on this issue link on to:

A week ago Wednesday, when Brandon Dutcher of OCPA, spoke at OCPAC, he
brought with him a packet showing the high cost of early childhood
education and a recent article out of the Wall Street Journal showing
the utter worthlessness of early childhood education. I believe it is
one of the biggest scams in America as well as Oklahoma. Eliminating
such in Oklahoma would save tens of millions of dollars, savings that
could go toward eliminating our state income tax and reducing the
corporate tax burden on businesses. Of course many of the large
corporations in Oklahoma support so called “early childhood education”
as they like for the taxpayers to pick up the day care tab for their
employees. I will have copies of the WSJ article at the meeting this


+ WACO THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - I was up late recently watching Fox
News and The Animal Planet when just before going to bed I flipped
over to the documentary channel and noticed that, Waco The Rules of
Engagement documentary, was up next. It was produced by two former CNN
photojournalists and was nominated for an Academy Award for best
documentary of the year, probably in about 1994. I actually own a copy
in VHS format and we showed it at OCPAC over a 2 week time period many
years ago. As I watched about two thirds of it again, I just got angry
all over again at what appears to be the lies, cover-up and murder
committed by those in the FBI, the Delta Force of the military and
high ups in the so called “Justice Department.” If you have not seen
the documentary, may I suggest doing a google search of the
Documentary Channel to purchase it as it is now in DVD format. It is
riveting and very revealing. A sequel was also produced called, Waco A
Further Revelation, which is also excellent.

+ SENATOR LASTER SAYS NO MORE - State Senator Charlie Laster (D-
Shawnee) announced last week that he would not seek re-election next
year to serve the final 2 years in the Senate before term limits would
get him. He has a lifetime average of a 30 on the conservative index
and we should see an excellent opportunity to replace him with a
conservative Republican during next year’s election cycle. Ed Moore,
of the Prayer Force One Ministry announced, I believe it was back in
September that he would be a candidate for that seat. Mr. Moore served
one term in the Senate, probably back in the late 70’s or early 80s.
If elected I don’t believe his previous term would count toward his 12
years of eligibility. With it being an open seat, I am sure there will
be several that will run in both the Republican and Democrat

+ MERRY CHRISTMAS - While we often struggle over public policy and
the people we elect to office to represent us in those struggles, let
us not forget the highest priority. That of course is our relationship
with our father God through his Son Jesus. While it is not likely that
Jesus was actually born on December 25th, it is the time our society
has chosen to celebrate His birth. With that in mind, please never
forget the real reason for this season. Have a wonderful and
meaningful Christmas.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows

Tuesday, December 13, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, December 14th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Our meeting this
week will consist of interviewing the Republican candidates for the
special elections in House District #1 and House District #71. The
election will be held on February 14th of next year. Invited from H.D.
#1 is Joe Silk from Broken Bow (he has won the primary and his will be
the general election) and from H.D. 71 are candidates Evelyn Rogers,
Lydia D’Ross, Katie Henke, Gerald Lovoi, and Bonnie Huffines, all of
Tulsa. Candidate Janet Sullivan has withdrawn from the race and
Jacqualyn Moss’ candidacy is being protested as it is alleged that she
is still registered as a Democrat and has only lived in the district
for 6 weeks rather than the necessary 6 months as required by law.
Following the interview process, our members will vote and should we
decide to support a candidate in one or both of these districts, our
finance committee will make a contribution following the meeting. If
you are a voting member, please try to make this meeting.


Christ organization will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday
evening, December 13th at Victory Church, 4300 North McArthur in Warr
Acres. The meeting will take place in the “Commons” area on the West
end of the campus. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a light
meal served at 6:30. There is no charge for the meal, but donations to
help cover the cost are accepted. Speaking will be Mr. Ralph Bullard,
the former head master of Christian Heritage Academy in Del City. Mr.
Bullard will be speaking from his personal experiences about the
crucial connection between Christian education and God’s purpose for

* WEDNESDAY NOON - TULSA AREA - The Tulsa Republican Men’s Club
will hold its monthly meeting, 12 noon on Wednesday, December 14th at
Siegi’s Restaurant, 81st street and Sheridan Road. Speaking will be
retired professor Charles Dyer who taught American federal government
at Tulsa Community College. We have had Professor Dyer speak at OCPAC
in the past and he recently spoke at the Northwest Republican Club in
OKC. He is an excellent speaker and really understands the serious
dangers associated with the invasion of illegal aliens.

* THURSDAY MORNING - DOWNTOWN OKC - The John Birch Society’s
Business and Professional Chapter will have their monthly meeting at
the Character Inn, 520 West Main in downtown OKC. Breakfast is served
at 7:15 and the speaker begins at about 7:40 a.m. Our speaker this
month will be Jonathan Small (CPA) of the influential Oklahoma Council
of Public Affairs (OCPA). Jonathan has put together a viable plan to
eliminate the personal income tax in the state of Oklahoma. Jonathan
spoke to OCPAC within the past year and following the meeting one of
our members came up to me to ask where in the world did I find a CPA
that was actually interesting to listen to? Jonathan is sharp and
inspiring at the same time. There are many forces, including the
Governor, that are beginning to speak of eliminating the personal
income tax as well as forces building to prevent such from occurring.
Please come to this meeting to be informed about the OCPA plan. The
fellowship before the meeting is always great, so grab a friend and
come on down. The Breakfast Buffet is only $6.00.

* SATURDAY AFTERNOON - OKC AREA - Supporters of Presidential
candidate Ron Paul are hosting a LIBERTEA Rally this Saturday,
December 17th on the South steps of the State Capitol. The event
begins at 1:00 p.m. with the featured speaker being Iraq war veteran,
Adam Kokesh. Also speaking will be Randy Brogdon, State Representative
Charles Key and Richard Engle. As far as I know this is the only
organized presidential campaign in the state. For more information log
on to I would suggest dressing warm, you may want
to watch the weather and bring an umbrella or rain gear as well as a
folding chair.


Few people in Oklahoma saw the Scott Pruitt/Presidential debate live
as it occurred during the OU - OSU bedlam football game a week ago
Saturday. I finally got time to see it this past week and liked the
format as well as the way the Attorney Generals from the states of
Oklahoma, Florida and Virginia served as the moderators, asking the
hard questions. Much of the questioning centered on the relationship
between the federal government, the states and the people. The 3 AG’s
questioned the candidates one at a time, each for about 10 minutes.
There wasn’t much time wasted as they really got to it.

In Saturday’s edition of the Oklahoman, AG Scott Pruitt wrote an
excellent (let me say it again) excellent column about the forum.
Following are some of the more pertinent comments in the Oklahoman
from Oklahoma’s Attorney General Pruitt:

“I was able to ask candidates face-to-face what they would do to limit
the federal government and follow the law as prescribed by the
Constitution.” “Specifically, we worked to extract exactly how the
candidates would lead when competing liberty interests are at play.”
There is no greater issue today than the appropriate role of the
federal government. When an American government takes on
characteristics that elevate the state above the individual, it must
be vigorously opposed as a form of, or step toward, tyranny. It is
imperative that these candidates work to curtail government intrusion
and provide real conservative solutions to complex problems.” “Our
battles against the EPA and other rogue federal agencies aren’t about
a desire for dirtier air or zero regulation. They are about our right
as a state to control our own destiny and resist attempts by the
administration to ramrod a wish list of regulations through agency
heads instead of garnering approval from Congress.” Pruitt’s final
paragraph was very important as it went like this: “In the end, the
candidate who wants to get the nomination will not merely pledge
fidelity to advancing liberty. They must do the difficult work of
merging their talking points with AUTHENTIC, PRACTICAL (emphasis mine)
and conservative solutions.”

We could only hope the electorate nation wide was as up to speed
enough to make their decision on those points. As I have often said,
we don’t have so much of a problem with our system as we have a people
problem in America. Please remember, all elections first boil down to
the quality and character of the voters. If they are of high quality,
we will have good government. If not, we have what we have now. I will
try to schedule Scott some time in February and perhaps we can get him
to share his perspectives on the weaknesses and strengths of the
candidates at that time.

The AG from Florida asked Ron Paul his final question as follows: what
1 book would you recommend people to read. Ron Paul answered, beyond a
faith book (the Bible), I would recommend: THE LAW by Frederic
Bastiat. I certainly agreed with Ron on that as I have been saying for
a number of years now that THE LAW is the second most important book a
person should ever read, the Bible being the first.

As a point of interest, I did an hour long radio interview this past
Friday night with Kaye Beech and Howard Houchen. What were we talking
about? The book, THE LAW and the corresponding story about Davy
Crockett, titled: NOT YOURS TO GIVE. Their program is heard live
every Friday evening in 17 states including a FM station in OKC as
well as being on the internet. Few people know what a game changer
that book and short story have been in their influence upon the state
of Oklahoma. With well over 5,000 circulating around in Oklahoma over
the past 10 years and access to both of them over the internet, they
are convincing Oklahoman’s about the proper roll of government versus
the improper functions of government. You really owe it to yourselves
to access this information as it will change your life.


* FOX NEWS PROMOTES IGNORANCE - This past week I was watching the
morning show on Fox News while eating a bowl of cereal. The
commentator had a guest on to give expert perspective on the battle
over extending the payroll tax reduction. The commentator asked the
guest, if the payroll tax reduction is not extended, what will the
federal government do with all that increase of funds? The answer from
the expert was “I DON’T KNOW?”

Give me a break! The only source of revenue for the Social Security
Trust Fund comes from the payroll tax, which should really be
considered as a retirement insurance premium, and the interest earned
from the past surpluses loaned out over many previous years. If the
payroll tax isn’t extended, those revenues will begin to flow back
into the SS Trust Fund, to be immediately used to pay benefits to
those drawing SS benefits. Even if those revenues began to once again
flow into the fund, they still would not be enough to meet next year’s
benefits pay outs.

Perhaps, the next time Fox News has a “tough” question, they might
reach out to find some overall wearing bumpkin for Oklahoma for a
substantive answer rather than asking some coat and tie wearing air
head from NEW YORK CITY!

* RESULTS FROM OKLAHOMA STRAW POLL - Credit Matt Pinnell with the
idea of Oklahoma conducting its first ever Presidential Straw Poll.
Please remember, straw polls are not scientific polls and as such are
more a reflection of the opinions of activists rather then the broader

Like the Iowa straw poll, which brings in tons of money for the Iowa
Republican party, the Oklahoma straw poll was primarily a fund raiser.
I know they promoted it big time through the internet and I even
received a robo call from Lt. Gov Todd Lamb promoting the poll. I
wasn’t able to contact Matt today, and as such don’t know how many
participated, but I would expect it was a large number. At $5.00 per
vote, the party probably raised a good deal of money with the effort.

The results were released at the Herman Cain fund raiser a week ago
Monday night. Winning the straw poll was Ron Paul, with 46% of the
vote, Herman Cain 25%, Newt Gingrich 17%, Mitt Romney 6%, Senator
Inhofe’s pick, Rick Perry 3%, Michelle Bachmann 2%, Rick Santorum 1%
and the others less than 1%.

* THE DONALD TRUMP DEBATE - I for one really wanted to see the
debate hosted by Donald Trump, not because I am a fan of the Donald,
but because his main issue is our horrible trade deficit, especially
so with Communist China. This issue has barely been touched in the
myriad of other debates and I personally don’t believe the so called
“free trade” Republicans want to have to deal with this issue to any

No where is the truth of God’s Word more evident than when it says:
the borrower is subservient (or a slave) to the lender. With Communist
China holding over a Trillion dollars of our debt, it means that when
Premier chingchowpingpongball speaks, we listen!!! We have been in a
trade war with Communist China for many years, China understands that,
we don’t. It is much like when Osama Ben Ladin and the rest of the
radical Muslim world declared war on the U.S. many years ago. It
wasn’t until they took down the twin towers, that we realized they
were serious and even then as well as now we can’t bring ourselves to
properly identify our enemies.

Our trade deficit is one of the most important issues facing our
nation. It is a major factor causing our budget deficits and few
people understand its importance. I say bring on the debate.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday, Please don’t forget
the meeting I mentioned for this Thursday as Jonathan Small will lay
out a viable plan to totally eliminate Oklahoma’s personal income

Charlie Meadows

Tuesday, December 6, 2011




Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, December 7th will be held at
Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Our speaker this
week will be Brandon Dutcher, Vice President for Policy with the
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Brandon is an excellent researcher
and presents information in a very logical and rational manner. I
believe he is concerned about the rush towards evermore government
sponsored daycare (excuse me, I meant to say early childhood
education) and as such he will be talking about “Empowering Oklahoma’s
Most Important Early Childhood Educators.” I will also have copies of
an article about the problems associated with government sponsored
early childhood education.


* EDMOND OKC AREA - TUESDAY EVENING - Eight home school students,
associated with the Generation Joshua Project, presented their
activities to those attending our meeting last Wednesday and really
impressed our members. Not only were they inspiring, but they really
encouraged our members and friends that there are some of today’s
youth that are hungry to learn and motivated to make a difference in
today’s culture war. Following the meeting, I had a legenthy
conversation with Carson Banks. After our conversation, he contacted
most of the other young people and we have decided to do a fast track
presentation to better prepare and equip these interested young people
with a better understanding of government and the political process.

Therefore, I will be teaching a 4 session course on a wide range of
subjects toward those ends. The dates will be Tuesday evenings,
December 6th and 20th as well as January 3rd and 10th. The location
will be Fairview Baptist Church (Danforth and North Sooner Road) in
Edmond. The meetings will begin at 7:00 and end at 8:30 p.m. The age
range for the Generation Joshua Organization is from 11 to 19 years of
age. If you have a son or daughter in that age group that is
interested in a better understanding of government and the political
process, they would be welcome to attend. Those older than 19 or
adults may attend, but we want to try and keep the questions and
answers mostly to the younger age group.

* MOORE AREA - THURSDAY EVENING - The Sooner Republican Assembly
will meet at Earls Rib in Moore, 6:00 for dinner and 6:45 p.m. for the
speaker and program on Thursday evening, December 8th. The main
speaker will be Pastor Fred Greening. In addition they will be
conducting a silent auction with the funds raised going to the club

* OKC AREA - FRIDAY EVENING - Last year several folks got
together for a course on survivor training. They will meet again this
Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Northside Bible
Church, 1401 NW 100th street in Britton (the corner of NW 100th and
McKinley). The speaker will be a ham operator, talking about
communications and home security. There is no admission and they will
have plenty of seating. For more information call George Wallace at
(405) 818-2277.

* TULSA AREA - SATURDAY EVENING - As I mentioned in last week’s e-
mail, with the secularists gaining control of the annual Christmas
parade in Tulsa and turning it into a secular event, some of the local
Christians and conservatives have decided to start an new tradition by
hosting a CHRISTMAS parade which will honor the reason for the season.
Therefore, the Christmas parade will be held at the Tulsa Hills
Shopping Center, 71st street South and U.S. Highway 75. The parade
will start at 6:00 p.m.. So bundle up the kids and enjoy the parade.
For more information call (918) 583-2345.

* WARR ACRES - TUESDAY, DEC 13TH - The Change A Nation For Christ
organization will hold their monthly meeting one week from this
Tuesday at Victory Church, 4300 North McArthur in Warr Acres. The
meeting will take place in the “Commons” area which is on the West End
of the campus. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a light meal
served at 6:30. There is no charge for the meal, but a donation would
be welcome. Speaking will be Mr. Ralph Bullard, the former head master
of Christian Heritage Academy in Del City. Mr. Bullard will be
speaking from his personal experiences about the crucial connection
between Christian education and God’s purpose for America. For more
information contact Travis or Sue Votaw at


A couple of weeks back as reported in the Oklahoman, several liberal
Baptist groups gathered for the “New Baptist Covenant II” regional
meeting at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in OKC. The gathering
was started several years ago by former President Jimmy Carter. I
believe Carter, Al Gore and Bill Clinton are all the products of
liberal splits off of Biblical Baptist churches and as such are quite
different in their theology and world view.

Locally, one of their leaders is Dr. Bruce Prescott director of
Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, in my opinion he is one of central
Oklahoma’s leading false prophets. Mainstream is the word they choose
for themselves, in my opinion they are anything but mainstream. These
groups of progressives are politically active and as such came up with
a supposed problem which they intend to address during next year’s
legislative session.

The senior pastor at St. John, the Rev. Major Jemison, said, “the
Christian community’s role is to speak up for the impoverished who
find themselves in a no-win situation with payday lenders.”

Payday lenders have popped up across Oklahoma over the past 10 years
or so. People with jobs can go into these loan offices and get an
advance before their next paycheck, that is, if they are willing to
pay a hefty interest rate on the advance. Depending on the amount of
the loan and how many days before their paycheck, the interest rate
could climb to 500% or more. That is not 5 times the paycheck, but say
$20 on a $200 loan figured over 7 or 10 days might figure up to that
percentage rate on an annualized basis.

Based on my 20 plus years of financial counseling (not investment
counseling, but rather budgeting and debt resolution) I believe most
of the people accessing these loans are poorly educated,
undisciplined, not very bright and quite often they are in a jam. The
hefty interest rates are posted on the door or window next to the door
as well as listed several times throughout the businesses.

Most of these folks don’t bother to even look at the published
interest rates or if they did, they wouldn’t be likely to understand,
that they are the last people in the world that should be accessing
these loans. All they are interested in is getting their hands on the
cash now. Because they run behind with their bills and other uses for
their money most of the time, shortly after their paycheck is issued,
they are behind again and go back again for another advance. Over time
the interest really adds up, money they need for expenses but they
give it up for the immediate. Just remember, no one holds a gun to
their head and makes them take out these loans. Usually their credit
rating will be so bad that they can’t get a loan from traditional
sources and at a reasonable interest rate. So what to do about this

Dr. Prescott indicated he would like to see legislation reducing the
interest rates. However, the rates are what they are because these
loan companies are dealing with unstable and risky clients that
probably have no where else to go for a short term loan. Some of these
people have skipped on loans to the small consumer loan businesses
which loan at lower rates. As well many of their friends and families
will no longer loan them money for past failures to repay. So if
Prescott gets his way and causes government to interfere in the
market place, will these loan companies go away? If so, will these
desperate folks turn to crime to meet their immediate needs?

I have an idea for these liberal Progressives, why don’t they get off
their high horses and do something for the benefit of these people and
leave the government out of this. Why not produce a small placard
explaining how detrimental these high interest loans are and stand
outside the loan offices handing them to the people as they enter or
exit. After making the case as to the harm resulting from these high
interest loans, invite them to a dinner and budgeting class. Explain,
there is a way to get off the merry-go-round of financial pressure.
Urge them to come to a meeting, even feed them a meal to help convince
them to come and make a real difference in their lives.

In all reality, most will be offended by the offers of help, but some
may take them up on the offer. Those who reject the offers of help
should be allowed to experience the fruit of their decision. At some
point in time, they may hit bottom and finally reach out. Those
choices are true liberty and true justice. In reality, Biblical
Christians are more likely to reach out in this manner than the
liberal progressives who seem to always want government to fix a
perceived problem.

I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.

Charlie Meadows