Where is the Church? An Update on the Pro-Life Bill Happenings by Bob Donohoo

Article by Bob Donohoo on facebook
Oklahoma City, OK

Baby Feet on Red RibbonSeveral people have asked that I publish the numbers showing Oklahoma State Legislature support for the Pro-Life bill, SB1552, and the activities of this last Friday to override Governor Fallin’s veto. Based on conversations with several legislators and others allow me to give an account as I understand it.

On Thursday there were several senators and representatives working together to see if they could delay the vote on the budget bill in the House long enough to get an override of Governor Fallin’s veto in the Senate and over to the House. At that time the thought was that the Senate needed about three more votes for a successful override and it appeared achievable. Several senators were diligently working on gathering the final support. In the House there were about 10 representatives on board with doing what they could do to delay to budget bill vote but they had yet to fully socialize the idea with other representatives. There was also the challenge of getting the leadership of both chambers to allow a veto override vote to occur at all.

With only a 12 hour notice by email there were about 80 citizens at the capital Friday morning at 7:30AM to do what we could to encourage legislator support. These activists divided up into three teams. The largest share by far stood by the office doors of representatives waiting for them to arrive for the day and ask for their support of this strategy. There was a second far smaller team that stood by the three entrances to the House Chamber making the same request of representatives as they entered. A third team was assisting the senators who were engaged in getting the remaining support for an override.

Our efforts as engaged citizens worked in the House. The plan to delay the budget bill vote was discussed on the House floor and supported by enough representatives to make happen. On the Senate side the count was stalled at 23 in support of the Pro-Life bill, 3 maybes, and 3 against but would likely have flipped to yes votes should be bill actually be voted on. This left us 3 votes short of a successful override. The pool of remaining senators were either not facing an election this fall or were termed out. They simply had little appetite to stand up to Governor Fallin who was on the Senate floor solidifying support for her veto during these final moments of session.

Finally, while supportive senators were discussing what they could do to get around Senate Leadership and hold a vote anyway Senate Leadership ended session leaving unfinished business behind instead of risking a successful maneuver to get the Pro-Life bill heard on the floor.

It’s well worth noting, as told to me by one supportive legislator, that if there were a couple of thousand more citizens engaged this last week at the capital we would likely have our veto override. We were measured and viewed as lacking.

Where was the church?

Where is the church on pro-life bill by Donohoo

A note of special thanks to Dr. Damon White for his work on Thursday afternoon to make citizen involvement on Friday meaningful

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Where is the Church? by Bob Donohoo

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As Political Alignments Shift — Maybe it is Time to Re-Evaluate our Thinking on Parties

I have collected some graphics on political alignments over the years and thought they might get the thinking going because in my opinion ‘it ain’t always what it seems’. This first one is my own. It is designed to make you think and potentially open your eyes to other possibilities.leftrightparadigmgraphics

One person’s take on how this fits in today’s rhetoric and presidential candidate world is below. You don’t have to agree with the placements to get the general idea.  Try making your own and see how it plays out for you.

political spectrum 2016 - via mike snow on fb

 

Here’s what Bob Donohoo shared on facebook not long ago and very much aligns with my thinking on the dominant parties these days.

Political Spectrum via Bob Donohoo

However, I would inject one more category in all of these graphics that would seem to muddy the waters a bit, and that would be ‘globalists’. By definition, these would be people who put other countries above our own. One has only to consider the depth of the monetary problems facing our country and the continued foreign aid and military ventures around the world to understand much of the anger seething from the middle class (aka slave labor) in this country these days. You only have to look at the votes approving giving money away while we go broke to see how broadly this sickness pervades or Congress and the presidency.

Now that we are all thinking about alignments, let’s talk about parties and examine what our founding fathers had to say on the topic.

In an article on Freedom Outpost, Derek Howell writes this on topic.

George Washington warned us against party politics. He referred to political parties as factions, and he explained in his farewell address that:

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

In similar fashion, John Adams warned us against political parties as well. He said:

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

There you have it. Our Founders dreaded political parties. They feared that political parties would “lead to formal and permanent despotism” and serve as the greatest “political evil under our Constitution.” They clearly warned us that the “disorders and miseries” which result from a system of political parties would cause us to seek peace and security in the absolute power of an individual.

Read more on Freedom Outost here.

Reference George Washington’s farewell address

Reference John Adams bio and quotes (some)

Take another look at the Federalist Papers if you want to do more research on topic.

My personal bottom line: I am considering changing my party designation on my voter registration to Independent. To Be Continued…

For Life and Liberty,
Sandra Crosnoe

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Next STOP Sapulpa on Jan 13th

You are invited to come and bring a friend.  This should be a most informative rally with information on legislation in the works to STOP Obamacare Penalties NOW.  Find out how you can help and be a part of the solution this legislative session!

STOP Sapulpa Rally Jan 13 2014

DATE: Monday  January 13, 2014

TIME: 6:30 PM

PLACE:  Sapulpa Senior Center

515 E Dewey Ave

Sapulpa, OK 74066

Please share the flyer!

(pdf format downloadable/printable below on Scribd)

Group Sponsors:  Tulsa 9.12 Project, R3publicans, OKgrassroots, OK-SAFE, Exposing Healthcare Reform, OKforTEA 
Guest Speakers:
John Doak – Insurance Commissioner
Nathan Dahm – OK State Senator
Lewis Moore  – OK State Representative
Amanda Teegarden – OK-SAFE Executive Director
Bob Donohoo – STOP co-ordinator

 

StopObamacarePenaltiesNOW.com

Stop Obamacare Penalties Now 

(rallies in 12 cities planned)

OKGrassroots

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for

Finding Gems & Sharing Them

(source post here) 

Bartlesville STOP ObamacarePenaltiesNOW Rally Set for Jan 11th — YOU are invited!

You are invited to come and bring a friend.  This should be a most informative rally with information on legislation in the works to STOP Obamacare Penalties NOW.  Find out how you can help and be a part of the solution this legislative session!

STOP Flyer Revised - Bartlesville

DATE: January 11, 2014

TIME: 10AM – 12 NOON

PLACE:  First Floor – Room 100

 Bartlesville Public Library

 600 S. Johnstone

 Bartlesville, OK 74003

Share the flyer! (pdf format downloadable/printable below on Scribd)

FEATURING

Senator Nathan Dahm

Insurance Commissioner Doak

Amanda Teegarden for OK-SAFE

Bob Donohoo for STOP

Congressman Bridenstine may send a rep from his office to speak on his behalf

Senator Ford, Rep Martin and Rep Sears have been invited

LaShelle Griffith will MC event

Group Sponsors:

Washington County Grassroots Prayer Team — LaShelle Griffith

OK-SAFE – Amanda Teegarden

Osage County Republican Party – Celia Lanham

R3publicans – Sandra Crosnoe

Bartians for Academic Freedom  – Joy Molina Collins

Tulsa 9.12 Project – Ronda Vuillemont-Smith

Oklahoma John Birch Society/STOP Coordinator – Bob Donohoo

Stop Obamacare Penalties Now – Charles Key

(teeshirts and buttons available at the rally for suggested donations of $15 and $1 respectively)

StopObamacarePenaltiesNOW.comStop Obamacare Penalties Now (rallies in 12 cities planned)

OKGrassroots

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

(source post here) 

Clouds over America Conference in OKC February 8-9

For a report from the Clouds over America Conference in OKC 2013 

via Gary Kilpatrick please visit OKGrassroots here >>>


Clouds over America OK 2013

CurryClouds13 AD (pdf format to download complete flyer for event details)

Featuring:

Nathan Dahm – State Senator on Sound Money

Jon Echols – State Rep on Surveillance & Facial ID

Dan Fisher – State Rep on States Rights

Hon Sterling Lacy on Beating Discouragement with Hope

Kevin McAfee on Hollywood vs Morality

Dr Duke Pesta on Freedom Project and University Ugly

Pastor Paul Blair on Candidate Experience

Bob Donohoo on Strategic Activism

Tim Gillespie on OK Gun Legislation

Charlie Meadows on The State Chamber Has Changed

Jenni White on Common Core Curriculum

For more information call 405-348-9991

Note:  There is a fee to attend (see pdf flyer for details)

Conference sponsored by Oklahoma Conservative PAC, Oklahoma Chapters of The John Birch Society and Reclaiming America for Christ

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them and OKGrassroots

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