Abolish Abortion

Abortion is murder. Over 5,000 babies are murdered by abortion every year in the state of Oklahoma. Abortion violates the Law of God (“Thou shalt not murder”) and the Oklahoma Constitution (Article II Section II-2). Every newly conceived human being is a constitutionally protected person, and the right to life is not contingent on successfully escaping the womb alive. 

The pro-life politicians we’ve elected to protect the preborn have chosen to regulate abortion as healthcare instead of banning the barbaric practice altogetherConsequently, our state government has abandoned its most basic moral duties:  to protect the innocent and establish equal justice under the law. If some states like Colorado and California can defy Washington D.C. by legalizing pot and harboring illegal aliens, surely Oklahoma can defy D.C. in order to secure the right to life.  

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It’s time to move beyond pro-life politics. It’s time to abolish human abortion and turn Oklahoma into the first Abortion-Free-State. As Governor of Oklahoma, I will do everything within my power to end the murder of the preborn in our state.

State Sovereignty

Oklahoma should be governed by Oklahomans, not by bureaucrats sitting in Washington D.C. or elected officials from other states. As one of America’s founding fathers, James Madison, wrote in Federalist 45,

“The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”  

The Ninth and Tenth Amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution as part of the Bill of Rights to protect the sovereignty of states. However, federal courts and Congress have attached strings to money returned to the states and by outright coercion have usurped the states’ sovereignty.  

As Governor, I will work to restore Oklahoma’s borders by reasserting our state’s sovereign right to govern itself in accordance with Oklahoma values – not those of the political elites in Washington D.C.

Audit Everything

Taxes are the hard-earned money of hard-working Oklahomans. Many of our elected officials seem to have forgotten this fact and too often, as we observed in the last legislative session, when our state runs short on funds, their first, and sometimes only, thought is to seize more money from the citizens.

Our government must stop taking the taxpayers for granted. Transparency and accountability must be returned to our state government.  

As Governor, I will insist that every government agency and program be thoroughly audited and justified so that every farmer, rancher, business owner, and employee in Oklahoma can be confident that every dollar taken is properly spent. And when it isn’t, that program will either be altered or abolished. When I am Governor, there will be no more unconstitutional taxes passed as fees. Furthermore, I will propose an increase in the budget of the State Auditor’s office to increase the staffing necessary to conduct a thorough and detailed audit of every agency in the Oklahoma government. We will Audit Everything!

Proper Government

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that the purpose of government is to protect our God-given, unalienable rights – of which life, liberty, and property are preeminent. Clearly, we have forgotten or abandoned this truth.  We ask government to do too much, and as a result, it has grown too large, has become too dominant, and has entirely too much power. The federal government constantly seeks to micromanage our lives, and has ceased to function as an agent of justice or fulfill its duty to protect good, punish evil, and prohibit oppression. Governing authorities ought to be a terror to evildoers, not to the good. They should be a servant of the people. 

The people have delegated authority to their government, but when this authority is misused the people suffer the consequences.  

As Governor, I will lead us to rethink the role government plays in our lives by asking fundamental questions about its proper function.  The answers to those questions will guide us in restructuring government to fulfill its proper function and removing its influence in areas in which it has no business.

 Abolish Abortion

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 State Sovereignty

Oklahoma should be governed by Oklahomans, not by bureaucrats sitting in Washington D.C. or elected officials from other States.  James Madison wrote in Federalist paper number 45, “The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”  The Ninth and Tenth Amendments were added to the Constitution as part of the Bill of Rights to make sure this important right was not ignored.  However, federal courts and Congress have used strings attached to money and outright coercion to usurp the powers of the states.  Let’s restore Oklahoma’s borders.

Audit Everything

Most of our elected officials seem to have forgotten that taxes are the hard-earned money of hard-working Oklahomans.  Too often, as we observed in the last legislative session, when the state runs short on funds, the legislators’ first, and sometimes, only, thought is to go seize more money from the citizens.  They must stop taking the taxpayers for granted.  Transparency and accountability must be returned to government.  Every program must be audited and every program justified, so that every farmer, rancher, business owner, and employee in this state can be confident that every dollar taken is being properly spent.  And when it isn’t, that program must end.

Proper Government

We have clearly forgotten what the functions of proper government are.  We ask government to do too much, and as a result, government gets too big and starts micromanaging our lives, liberty, and property.  We have delegated authority to government, but when this authority is misused, people are hurt.  We must rethink the role government plays in our lives.  Where it has grown too big, it must be restrained.

Other Issues
The free market is only free if government does not manipulate it.  It is not the responsibility of politicians and elected officials to manage the economy.  The best way to manage the economy is to actually allow the free market to work.  Instead of burdensome regulations that slow business growth and expansion, we should unleash business, allowing it to expand, innovate, and employ. Free-market principles will allow the economy to grow and flourish, attracting new industry and making it possible for Oklahoma to expand into new technologies and manufacturing.  As Governor of Oklahoma, I will work to free the economy from crony capitalism and corporate welfare that misuses tax dollars and stifles healthy competition.
It has been said that the right to arms is the right that protects all other rights. I agree. Protecting our right to keep and bear arms requires constant vigilance. While serving in the Oklahoma Legislature, I did everything within my power to ensure that Oklahomans’ unalienable right to keep and bear arms was not infringed by any government entity.  As Governor, I will vigilantly guard the rights of gun owners in Oklahoma.

I will call upon the legislature to put a constitutional carry bill on my desk and I will sign it. The right to self defense is an inalienable right and law abiding people should not be restrained by government from doing so.

I believe government does not have a divine claim on your hard-earned money. Tax revenue is property that is confiscated from you and spent on bureaucracy over which most have little control.  The large difference between your gross and net pay is caused by the taxes you are forced to pay. If that much money is going to be confiscated by the government, you are entitled to know exactly where every dollar is spent. You and I run our homes and businesses that way – and as your Governor, I intend to make Oklahoma government run that way as well!  When I find bloated, unnecessary government agencies and programs, I will work to eliminate them and return your money to you, the hardworking taxpayer.

As a stakeholder in Oklahoma government, you have a right to know how your money is being used.  You are entitled to a prospectus when it comes to your private investments, and since government often refers to your taxes as an investment, you deserve a prospectus from them as well.  As Governor, I intend to ask for a special appropriation to bring state-of-the-art, understandable, transparency to you, the taxpayer.  I want you to be able to go to your computer, connect with the state government, and see the following:

  1. Who is employed by the state and how much you are paying them through your taxes
  2. What their total compensation package is, including benefits and time off
  3. The performance review process of every agency and how they are stacking up
  4. How much money each agency gets and where exactly it is being spent.

There will be no more hidden fund balances or confusing lines in the budget.  I intend to make this so transparent that the average junior in high school with basic economic training can understand where the money is going.

I am on the record as being in favor of medical marijuana. I trust the medical community on this issue, and have no interest in interfering with a physician’s recommendations regarding the prescription of marijuana, and do not believe it should even be in the realm of politics.

Regarding recreational marijuana, I trust the people to make that decision for themselves at the ballot box.

Oklahoma is an energy state, with the oil and natural gas industry accounting for 25% of all taxes paid in the state, while wind power currently provides nearly 25% of our generated electricity.  Too often, business interests have come to the Legislative and Executive Branches seeking relief or legislation to achieve a financial goal. Energy in Oklahoma is produced by private entities, so solutions to complex contract law should not be legislated. It is not wise for government to pick winners and losers concerning private industry investments, mineral rights and property rights.  The proper role of government is to protect the rights of all private entities while removing unnecessary regulatory barriers that inhibit growth of the free market as it relates to all forms of energy.
As Governor, I will work to return control of education to its rightful stakeholders:  local citizens and their local school boards. As a former teacher and the husband of a teacher, I am weary of teachers being handcuffed by federal and state policy makers. I am weary of hearing that another teacher left the state for better pay and better working conditions in neighboring states. It is time to seriously examine the conditions and requirements that make it so difficult for teachers to do their jobs in Oklahoma. My administration will focus on the children, the teachers, and the local communities. I will not automatically do the bidding of state and federal bureaucrats.

Many believe that spending more money will automatically solve the challenges we face in education in our state. I do not accept that premise and neither should you. Focusing attention on spending alone distracts us from focusing on the inefficiencies and over-regulation in our bureaucratic system. Our precious education dollars need to be spent on teachers, classrooms, and students not on duplicative administrative costs. If the business of education is teaching children, and I believe it is, then the focus of education should be teachers and empowering local schools not bureaucrats on Lincoln Boulevard or in Washington D.C.

Year after year we hear politicians say they will reduce the size of government. If we are ever to control the size of government, it cannot be allowed to grow faster than the economy that supports it. Yet, Oklahoma government routinely grows two to three times faster than our economy. When government takes money out of the economy to pay for its overspending, it limits economic growth. As Governor, instead of working to slow the growth of government, I will work to reduce the size of government. Only by reducing the size of government can we stop the downward spiral we are in of overspending and overtaxation.
While serving in our State Legislature, it became abundantly clear to me that Oklahoma citizens are not being properly represented. Those in leadership have too much power and often limit the citizens’ representation by refusing to hear legitimate bills proposed by duly-elected state representatives and senators.  In some ways we truly do have “legislation without representation.” As your Governor, I will urge for fairness in the legislative process by calling for more transparency. If government has nothing to hide, as many of our leaders insist, then our public officials should have nothing to fear from total transparency.
I believe the police should remain independent and under local control. From County Sheriffs, city Police Chiefs, to every Deputy Sheriff and patrolman, all officers should be directly accountable to the people they serve. As Governor, I will work to keep the influences of European Socialists and mandates of the United Nations away from our boys in blue.
Opioid deaths in Oklahoma have reached an all-time high. Eighteen Oklahomans per week died from opioid overdoses in 2016. When people lose respect for human life, cultural values decline and a sense of hopelessness prevails. While people are responsible for their own behavior and choices, big Pharma has exacerbated the problem by creating opioid derivatives many times stronger than heroin and by producing far more pills than can be legally prescribed. The DEA has not set quotas limiting the manufacturing of pills; therefore it is no surprise that many pills find their way onto the black market. I am convinced that prison is not the solution for this complex problem. I believe the solution can be found only in a cooperative effort of the private sector, the government, and the faith-based community. As Governor, I will work to bring these groups together to create a comprehensive plan to deal with this epidemic while ensuring that those who rightfully need these medications for illnesses continue to have legal access to them.
I️ am 100% percent against forced vaccination. I take a dim view of government using force to compel compliance of a supposed free people.