Tearing Down Monuments

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Interestingly, news accounts show that the two groups leading this purge of American history are hate-filled, Hitleresque white supremacists (who if they had their way would begin oppressing people groups they don’t like) and the Stalinist “Antifa” (who agitate to promote their communist beliefs). Even liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz is against this attack on our history. Dershowitz recently said, “Antifa is a radical anti-American, anti-free market, communist, socialist, hard left censorial organization that tries to stop speakers on campuses. They use violence. And just because they’re opposed to fascism and to some of these monuments shouldn’t make them heroes of the liberals.”

So these are the kinds of groups we want deciding what we teach about our history, which statues can and can’t stand, and what our schools should be named?

Absolutely not![/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

A Government That Lives Within its Means

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I’m familiar with the saying “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” I’m also familiar with the concept that our government derives its power from the consent of the governed. If the latter is true, why is everyone complaining about paying taxes and feeling overtaxed?

Because we are overtaxed!

According to the Tax Foundation, Oklahoma is ranked 6th highest in combined sales tax. Add to that: income tax, gross production tax, gas tax, turnpike tolls, and a myriad of other forms of confiscation of our wages. Then we are told that we don’t pay enough taxes!

Government keeps getting bigger and more expensive. If we are to ever control the size of government, we cannot allow it to grow faster than the economy that supports it. Yet, Oklahoma government routinely grows two to three times faster than our economy.

As your governor, I will work with like-minded legislators to create a government that lives within its means.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Repent with Me

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]When Thomas Jefferson wrote these words in 1781, he was reflecting on the evils of human slavery and how his country (including himself) had failed to remove the practice of owning people as property from their midst. When I think of how our country (including the state of Oklahoma) has tolerated the practice of human abortion for over 43 years, I too, tremble at the thought of God’s Justice.

It is time we repented of this great evil and abolished human abortion. We not only treat people as property in our world today, but we callously destroy them as if they were mere parasites!

Brothers and sisters, we may not be able to abolish abortion across the United States, but we can certainly end this wicked practice here in Oklahoma.

Please join me in repentance for how we have dealt so poorly with this evil, and help make Oklahoma an Abortion-Free-State in 2018.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Victory for Oklahoma Taxpayers

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Yesterday was a major victory for the hardworking and overburdened taxpayer in Oklahoma. The Supreme Court rightly ruled that a tax masquerading as a fee violated the Oklahoma Constitution.

In the ruling, the court stated; “the people’s preference (is) that when revenues shrink, so too does their government.”

I want to make myself clear. Massive overspending does not equate to a massive budget shortfall; it is irresponsible governance. I will put a stop to the endless growth of an ever-more intrusive and costly government.

Government is not to be the caretaker of all things, and it is not supposed to take hard-earned taxpayer money and redistribute it to special interests or corporate benefactors. Many of our legislators stood against this unconstitutional act, but far too many did not. This was ultimately a failure of leadership, evidenced by some elected leaders not being surprised at the Court’s ruling.

Sadly, our government seems to have lost its way when it comes to understanding the proper role of government. As governor, I will get us back on track.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]