The horror of normalizing chaos government

The horror of normalizing chaos government

We are nearly four and a half months away from being a mere three years removed from the emergence of the ultimate political chaos candidate announcing his intent to seek the nation’s highest office.  As a political novice who had previously never been elected to anything, he managed to turn convention on its head by masterfully using his media background to belittle, humiliate and dismiss all other GOP  primary opponents on his way to his party’s nomination.  Credit where credit is due, *President Donald J. Trump demonstrated a keen superiority at campaigning.  He was in fact so good at it that he readily pivots back to it when the duties of his office fail to net him enough of the praise he so craves.  His target marketing use of blatant demagoguery...

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Capturing progressive inertia

Capturing progressive inertia

Is it ever too early to begin thinking about and planning for what may lie ahead?  The future is upon us and the time to plan for it is the here and now.  I have always been pretty hit-or-miss when endeavoring at matters involving what might happen on the timeline forward of the present.  I do not have a big crystal ball to make wild predictions or foresee who might rise and rate the favor of that fickle dynamic known as fortune.  At this point in any election cycle just like before the first game of any sport of any season, all candidates be they challengers or incumbents are winners in a landslide. I have however been able to see and read the proverbial writing on the wall and in no uncertain terms there is a growing level of dissatisfaction with government at...

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Redefining Republicanism

Redefining Republicanism

Oklahoma’s own Will Rogers made ample use of the Law of Holes adage “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!”  There isn’t really  a dearth of such common sense under that big dome on Capitol Hill.  It has simply taken a back seat to political expedience or, more accurately, political survival.  Republicans at all levels of government are reading the writing on the wall and have gotten themselves on board with an unnecessary and unpopular tax cut.  I have been laying low and taking due note of how this newly minted legislation was packaged as “tax reform” and how it stacks up in the eyes of the American public when compared to previous such measures.  Make no mistake, this legislation was not needed as much as it was...

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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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