Assembling purveyors of better ideas

Assembling purveyors of better ideas

Organizing persons unified by common ideas can be a very tall order.  Regular readers may recall my account from a few months ago of the 2017 Oklahoma Democratic Party Convention in A long day at the sausage factory.   I’m fairly certain I could get a consensus that anyone willing to put up with such a tedious and often contentious process of electing leaders of a major state political party possesses a level of dedication and resolve far above average with far greater depth of commitment than that of the average citizen.  If I were a betting man I would double down on the likelihood that every one of those 620+ delegates attending that convention at some point asked themselves subconsciously if not outright, “Why am I here?  Why am I involved in...

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The Oklahoma Democratic Reclamation Project

The Oklahoma Democratic Reclamation Project

Not all that long ago the Oklahoma Democratic Party held a majority statewide in voter registration.  The latest high water mark for the Party in the Sooner State was achieved in 2006 when the voters elected or reelected Democrats to eight of nine state offices including Governor.  The Democrats then also held a slim majority in the State Senate.  Beginning in 2010 with the Tea Party/anti-Obama backlash, over a thousand legislative seats at the federal and state levels throughout the nation were lost over the next six years.  Oklahoma Democrats most certainly lost their fair share of that total of some 910 state legislative seats nationwide to GOP gains.  It was 2010 that GOP wins at the polls gave Oklahoma Republicans control of both chambers of the legislature,...

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Reeling under the scourge of insurance profiteering

Reeling under the scourge of insurance profiteering

A few years ago during a heated online exchange on a political discussion board, a rightwing Tea Party activist exuding a maximum degree of bravado made it clear to me that I along with everyone else of my ilk and even his was NOT, repeat NOT entitled to an income!  I replied to the guy “Okay” and he proceeded to excoriate his perceived tyranny of mandating everyone buy their own health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the passage of which was pending in the Congress.  I thought about that specific assertion regarding income and entitlement and after mulling it over a bit I actually found myself in agreement.  There is nothing in the Constitution, U.S. or state, that directly entitles any citizen to a set level of compensation for goods or...

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An evening with Roy Zimmerman

An evening with Roy Zimmerman

I became familiar with the work of Roy Zimmerman when it began showing up in my social media news feed earlier this year.  I have no idea how I missed hearing any of his work before this unsought discovery.  After watching a few of his YouTube clips I did a little research on the work of this artist and discovered he has been around doing political parody and writing his own work much longer that I have even been politically conscious.  Based on what I have seen on YouTube, Roy plays really excellent guitar and his parody work, the latest of it and even the older stuff, touches all the right nerves in his target audience.  That target audience according to him are what he refers to as the “Blue Dots” of traditionally the least progressive places.  He...

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An embarrassment of riches with even more embarrassing results

An embarrassment of riches with even more embarrassing results

This time a year ago we were flying down the home stretch of what turned out to be a wave election.  In the wee morning hours of Election Night, the GOP candidate ultimately won the Electoral College vote count for the Presidency and his party made substantial gains in a wave that extended far down ticket.  Not only did the GOP candidate win, the Congressional GOP resoundingly reaffirmed their majorities in both bodies on Capitol Hill.  It most certainly was a wave election here in Oklahoma.  The OK GOP outright won more contested legislative seats, many with very lopsided numbers against very good candidates, than most can recall in the history of the state.  When the 56th Oklahoma Legislature was sworn in back in January, the OK GOP held 76 out of 101 seats in...

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Book Review: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Book Review:  Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Alan Stuart Franken, a talented and smooth spoken Harvard educated 60-something, has spent a lifetime  riding a unique mix of humor and  irony to celebrity and a good living .  Most of us late night insomniac TV watchers remember his start as one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live in 1975, a gig that during his tenure netted him some screen time.  Having worked in the entertainment profession as a comedian, actor, writer and director for three and half decades, his name recognition was something that was well established long before he embarked on a political career. Al Franken has served as the junior senator from the state of Minnesota since July 2009.  In the interest of full disclosure I will state for the record that I had been a Franken fan for...

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