Slowing down the forced march backwards

Slowing down the forced march backwards

What a week it has been in *President Trump’s America.  Is anyone tired of winning yet?  Never before in my lifetime have I seen a chief executive of any organization let alone the defacto leader of the free world (a position which the United States is apparently abdicating) so self-absorbed by the fact he won one election that it has become the only thing that matters.  I’m sure that feeling of accomplishment is something that few things can ever match but there is also the small matter of actual doing what you were elected to do, you know, govern the nation.  The *45th President is still so immersed in campaign mode that he seems to have foregone the time between election cycles and launched into his bid for reelection.  It seems that with so many...

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And so the Oklahoma Blue Wave begins

And so the Oklahoma Blue Wave begins

When the 56th Legislature of the State of Oklahoma was sworn in back in January, the Republicans occupied 75 of 101 seats in the House and 42 of 48 seats in the Senate.  Since the swearing in of the state’s lawmakers, there have been six Republicans that have had to resign their seat under the cloud of scandal.  On Tuesday, July 11th there were two special elections held to fill seats vacated by the disgraced Dan Kirby in House District 75 and the disgusting Ralph Shortey in Senate District 44.  Recent history has been on the side of the Democrats in legislative special elections in traditionally GOP-heavy districts.  That trend appears to be continuing.  As of the initial vote tally after the close of the polls on Tuesday evening, both Democratic...

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The end of an era

The end of an era

Have you ever tried to take a drink of water off a wide open fire hydrant?  That is what it has been like given this has been such a heavy and fast moving news week.  As if nothing could shake the most conservative and football crazy stretch of Old Route 66 harder than an injection well generated freedom tremor, an unexpected bomb went off in the heart of the Sooner Nation sending a core shaking jolt through the soul of every Oklahoma football fan.  The Crimson and Cream collective could not even enjoy basking in the afterglow of the OU Women’s Softball team’s success of having beaten Florida to win their second straight National Championship and third in five years.  On Wednesday afternoon this week Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops announced...

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A long day at the sausage factory

A long day at the sausage factory

If you are fond of the taste of sausage then never let yourself get talked into watching how its made and especially never agree to participate in the process of making it.  Even still, a state political convention is something everyone should experience at least once.  This past Saturday over 600 passionate delegates from all over this, the state through which passes the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, met at the Tower Hotel in Oklahoma City for the 2017 Oklahoma Democratic Party State Convention.  If you’ve ever had to herd cats you might get a sense of the magnitude and scope of this particular evolution. Now remember, this was a function of our Oklahoma Democratic Party where every day is a holiday, every meal is a banquet and ever caucus...

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We are not OK

We are not OK

Life seems to have been toeing the line of the surreal for the past couple weeks while events, local and national, happen in real time and evolve over a period of days.  This past week there was a candidate forum for those running for Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party where four of the five candidates attended.  We Oklahoma Democrats will be electing a new chair next Saturday at our state convention in Oklahoma City.  Regardless of who wins the privilege to become the new face of the ODP, they will be met with a tall order to recruit Democratic legislative and state office candidates who have the wherewithal of character, wisdom and resolve to address the litany of problems which beset our state government.  It seems inadequate to even state for the record...

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Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

So we never thought it could happen to us.  I’m sure we would all love to think that.  This particular train of thought is a familiar cerebral pathway unique to many of us who, either directly or indirectly, have ever had to negotiate their way through the fallout generated by the shambles such an awful crime made of our lives.  Yes, CRIME is the term applied to actions taken by one or more individuals that obviously overstep the boundaries of common decency norms, be it either reported or quietly unchallenged for whatever reason.  We need not chalk this up to complacency nor need we fault our own poor vigilance as we all know somewhere in the dank realms of our own bad life experience memory files that such things do exist and can present when and where...

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