Post-convention identity politics

Post-convention identity politics

We Oklahoma Democrats who stayed home and held the fort so to speak were firmly riveted to our TV screens every evening through Thursday this past week.  Even though it happened in Philadelphia, PA, it is not every day of the World we get to see such history in the making.  Nominating the first woman as a major political party’s candidate for President of the United States most certainly qualifies as a “first in a lifetime” event.  It was one which filled many of us who still believe in that ethereal and often elusive American Dream with an overwhelming sense of pride and purpose.  What made it especially memorable was watching personal friends and members of the Oklahoma delegation casting their votes during the 50 State Roll Call on Tuesday....

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Marketing Trump’s invented reality

Marketing Trump’s invented reality

Let it never be said we do not live in interesting times.  The American political stage departed from interesting this past week and immersed the nation in the surreal.  For the record allow me to clarify that the terms “interesting” and “surreal” are not synonyms.  In case you missed it, the Republican National Committee held their nominating convention in Cleveland, OH this past week and indulged the GOP faithful in a four night festival of Hate for Hillary.  For a few days I thought all the Freedom Tremors we were feeling along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 were generated by George Orwell doing flip-flops in his grave.  The parade of conservative speakers in Cleveland did well to emulate 1984’s Two Minutes...

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An honor and a privilege to serve

An honor and a privilege to serve

At the end of a week where the wicked World seemed to be imploding all over from Dallas to Nice to Turkey, we here along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 have kept plugging along.  Aside from a few local candidates doing their due diligence of door knocking in their respective districts, several have stood down after the June 28th Primary.  Most of us have been content to sit back and watch in stunned amusement as the Presidential race becomes ever more strange in the run up to Convention Week.  I find it is very akin to watching a train wreck in slow motion. Some of you regular readers may recall a few months ago Yours Truly was bestowed the honor by the Oklahoma Democratic Party Veterans Committee of being voted the 2016 Veteran of the Year.  It...

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Documentary film review: A Better Life

Documentary film review:  A Better Life

My dear brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, you all no doubt recall how often I enjoy writing glowing testimonials of the venues, enclaves, social organizations and events that make living along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 tolerable for people like us.  I had another such opportunity on Saturday evening when New York native and life long atheist Chris Johnson made his first ever visit to Tulsa and to Oklahoma for a director’s screening at Circle Cinema of his film A Better Life-100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God.   The film was ninety minutes of a veritable who’s who of celebrity non-believers offering their personal accounts from how they arrived at their own non-belief...

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Feeling a gentle breeze of change

Feeling a gentle breeze of change

Primary election week has come and gone along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 and after a record number of challenges to state legislative seats, only a few incumbents failed muster with voters in their respective districts.  There are some thirteen legislative races going to runoff election on August 23rd, two Democratic and eleven Republican.  Twenty-five incumbents defeated their challengers and only three failed to emerge victorious in their primary.  Among the losers of their primary challenge was the two-term incumbent representing the home district of Yours Truly, that being House District 70.  Let the record show that during his tenure Mr. Ken Walker never ran a campaign against a Democratic opponent.  The record will also show Mr....

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