A Conservative — Really?

A Conservative — Really?

by Margaret Snow

 

After many years of following politics and being a active voter and frankly, a citizen activist who actually follows legislation, reads bills, and spends time lobbying my legislators for what I believe in — I am quite amused that here in Oklahoma politicians ALL seem to be running as “Conservative.” I make no apologies for being a Constitutional Conservative, a Fiscal Conservative, and a Social Conservative in my views. The references that I find helpful in forming what I believe are on the nightstand next to my bed. They are the Bible, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, plus an old US History book written before revisionist history was introduced into our schools.

Truth via CrossExamined

Conservative or Progressive

 

If you don’t agree with me, I will still love you but for goodness sake, “Who do you think you are fooling when you call yourself a conservative?” I think the answer to that very question could be a lot of people are confused about the fact that they are likely to be “Progressives” rather than Conservatives.

 

If you are a Progressive, please have the integrity to claim it for those that agree with your positions. Claiming verbally now as a candidate to be conservative will not override your actual views and the positions you will take when elected. Most of your supporters will potentially be one-issue voters who don’t want to look past the agenda they feel will benefit them personally. Many of them are looking for immediate gratification regarding a particular issue that they are passionate about. They will care less or even refuse to consider, the larger picture of how a variety of positions taken today will affect the freedoms and prosperity of generations to come.

 

Being truly conservative requires applying the same liberty standards to every issue and doing it all the time even when we have to consider giving up something in the present that might benefit us personally.

 

Ideas Have Consequences

 

As an observer, I have come to the conclusion that voters are confused about what a real conservative is and even more confused about their own conservative status. It seems many voters are actually confused to a point where they fail to recognize that when a progressive claims to be conservative, they verbalize support for rights and liberties for citizens but take positions that are very much at odds with conservative values. Here are some examples of this type of belief system:

 

  • Government knows better how to spend your money than you do and in order to balance a budget, government just needs a few more tax dollars to be sure its spent right and the right programs are funded.
  • Progressives might agree that we should be afforded our 2nd amendment right but feel government may just know better than the citizenry how far that right goes.
  • Progressives say that we should have private property rights but at a certain point, they feel government knows better than we do how to manage the property we own and love.
  • Progressives think that government knows what is better for our children than we as parents do.

 

Truth in Labeling

 

Some would argue that this explanation is too extreme to describe the views of their particular candidate and that there are exceptions, but in reality a conservative believes that if we give government an inch today (or a 1% tax) they will be taking a mile (or making it 30%) in the future. I would like to see more truth in labeling. If you really are a Progressive then own it. If you really are a Conservative and get elected, please don’t open the door even an inch because we all know where that leads.

 

Not even in my lifetime have I actually been able to experience a period when our government has held to the guidelines that our founding fathers wrote in the most perfect document to ever govern a country. I do believe though, that there are many, like myself, who actually come close to an understanding of that precious concept and have a true desire to preserve liberty for those we will leave behind.

 

Margaret Snow

 

 

Graphic Credit:  Cross Examined via article here on topic.

 

About the Author

Margaret Snow - OHF ThumbnailMargaret Snow is a mother, grandmother, business owner, and native of Oklahoma. She has enjoyed a long successful career in the interior field and started five small businesses over the years both in Oklahoma and in Colorado.

She attributes the foundation for her philosophy on life as being engrained growing up on a dairy farm with hard work ethic and responsibility. Along with her Dad one of the most influential people in her life was her grandmother who lived in the home until she was ten years old. Spending many days literally side by side with her grandmother who was extremely creative, a wonderful story teller, a real historian, and a valuable instructor probably influenced Margaret’s interest in both history and current events throughout the years.

Several years ago Margaret along with her husband Mike returned to Oklahoma to live on a small portion of the old farm where Margaret grew up. Mike recently retired and although Margaret still works on select projects for her clients, today they are enjoying what they consider “the good life” and have opened a real country store on the property.

Oklahoma Heritage Farm

Rooted in faith, Cultivating family and freedom

 

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Vote Richard Engle for Republican National Committeeman – on Saturday May 14th

I whole heartedly endorse Richard Engle for National Committeeman.  He will stick to grassroots limited government principles for all of us!  Praying for wisdom for all.

For Life and Liberty,

Sandra Crosnoe (a precinct chair from Washington County)

Here is an email with more information on the race from Richard:

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First and foremost, thank you for your pledge of support for my bid to be your new Republican National Committeeman!
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But, I need your help.  Over the last month I have been making phone calls and meeting with delegates. The calls have been extremely encouraging and I have learned a great deal about what is important to all Oklahoma Republicans.
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That said, I need you to know that every vote counts and I need you to make the significant effort to come to the convention and vote.  Additionally, if you know any delegates in your county or across the state, please call or email them and let them know who you support for National Committeeman. Also, encourage them to attend the OKGOP State Convention this Saturday at 301 NE 27th St Moore, OK 73160. Doors will open at 7am and registration will end at 9am.
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I am excited to say that we are only a few days away from the State Convention which will take place this upcoming Saturday May, 14. With your support, and the hundreds of delegates who have pledged their support, we can reach victory on Saturday!
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I am incredibly thankful for all the notes of support and the encouraging messages many of you have sent.
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I am running for this position because I believe in the Republican Party. I believe that the principles of our Party, our Republican policies, and our conservative ideals are important enough to fight for. I believe in serving you, representing you, and as always, listening to you, the grassroots of our party.
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Thank you again for your support.
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God Bless you,
Richard Engle
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More information on the OKGOP state convention here >>>
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Tactics for the Good Guys by Robert X Johnson, Parliamentarian — updated links and my story

View video 1/11 on Youtube (link below) Be sure to watch the entire series available on Youtube!  (Formerly via Conservative TV – over 600 views there while available)

A playlist for all 11 videos here >>>

Dear Friends,

If you want to learn more about parliamentary procedure, then watch this series of 11 videos and study at the feet of one of the best ever.  I met him one afternoon in the rules committee meeting with Marguerite Binkley (also of Texas) and a real special lady from the Reagan years.  That day at the Texas state convention the grassroots actually won and overturned ‘politburo style’ politics.  Thanks to a miracle I actually got the microphone and had the right words at the right time.  It was all about whether Republicans would be grassroots or top down.  That was in the 1980’s.  Now we are still in the same battle… / and it will take another miracle for the grassroots to have any input at all ongoing.

Robert X. Johnson not only knows parliamentary procedure, he also teaches about doing the right things for the right reasons and standing up for the rights of the one sheep even when it brings risk to one’s self.  Many times I was frustrated with him for standing up for what I thought were lost causes.  Looking back, it is what singles him out as unique in the process.  Not looking out for one’s own interests, but always looking to do what is right for the one sheep and thus right for the body as well — truly makes a difference and sets one apart from the crowd.  When we destroy our own, eventually the body dies.

Please prayerfully study and look for opportunities to make a difference even at great personal cost.  Why?  Because we must, else we become the tyrants we think we want to defeat!  At least that is my experience and I thank Yahweh for great teachers along the way and for His repeated lessons when I fail.  He won’t give up on you either!  Special thanks for Robert X. Johnson and his insight on parliamentary procedure and biblical principles.  Study to learn to make a difference — the right way!

For Life and Liberty,

Sandra Crosnoe

Robert X. Johnson, Parliamentarian (Texas)

Topic:  Tactics for the Good Guys

Originally via

Midwest Liberty Fest

Du Quoin, Illinois

October 2009

68 minutes long and 162 views at time of posting

(now a series on youtube of 11 videos)

Featured on Finding Gems & Sharing Them

 

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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John Whitehead – Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons

Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons

Battlefield America by JWWhitehead

John W. Whitehead’s latest book available to buy with click on pic ( + other books)

“That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other… Anything different—that’s what they’re gonna talk about—race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank!”—Comedian George Carlin

“We the people” have been utterly and completely betrayed.

The politicians “we the people” most trusted to look out for our best interests, protect our rights, and ensure that the nation does not slip into tyranny have cheated on us, lied to us, swindled us, deceived us, double-crossed us, and sold us to the highest bidder.

Time and again, they have shown in word and deed that their priorities lay elsewhere, that they care nothing about our plight, that they owe us no allegiance, that they are motivated by power and money rather than principle, that they are deaf to our entreaties, that they are part of an elite ruling class that views us as mere cattle, that their partisan bickering is part of an elaborate ruse to keep us divided and distracted, and that their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution mean nothing.

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League of Women Voters of the Bartlesville Area Candidate Forum on June 17th

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Washington County Grassroots Encouraged to Attend & Ask Questions

 — Watch on CableOne Channel 16 if unable to attend in person —

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   LWV to host candidate forum – June 17th

 

To help citizens prepare for the June 24 primary election, the League of Women Voters of the Bartlesville Area will hold a forum featuring area primary election candidates on June 17.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room in the Bartlesville City Center Building, 401 S. Johnstone Ave.

Candidates for the Oklahoma House of Representatives District 10 and the Washington County Commission will be speaking and answering written questions from the audience.

Seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Martin from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 10, are Travis Dunlap and Randy Barnett, both Republicans.

The other primary race of local interest is between Pat Evans and Mitchell Antle, both Republican candidates, who will compete for the Washington County Commissioner, District 1, position being vacated by Gary Deckard.

Area residents are invited to attend and will be given an opportunity to write down questions directed to one or all of the candidates. To schedule as many questions and answers as possible, League volunteers will read the questions to avoid duplications and a timekeeper will maintain time limits for the replies.

County commissioner candidates are scheduled first on the program, followed by the candidates for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

LWV officials remind voters that Oklahoma has closed primary elections in which party candidates are chosen only by voters registered in that party. Although all the candidates speaking at this forum are Republicans, the non-partisan League encourages Democrats and Independents to attend and participate with questions.

The LWV statewide Vote411.org website is now open with statewide information including information from Oklahoma House District 10 Candidates. For more information about the local League of Women Voters, visit http://www.lwvok.org/Bartlesville.html. The local League’s e-mail is lwv__bvilleok@yahoo.com.  

For more information about the forum, call the local LWV contact at 918-333-7007.

Source Article: http://examiner-enterprise.com/news/local-news/lwv-host-candidate-forum#sthash.NnIfXLkX.dpuf

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Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Randy Barnett for HD10 Website

Travis Dunlap Website

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Note:  If the commissioner’s race candidates have websites, I was unable to find them (please provide links in comments section below if you have any additional information).

Side by side comparison of questionnaire answers for HD10 on Vote411 here >>>

Silver Lake Road Extension Eminent Domain Issue – a little history here >>>

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Randy Brogdon Leads the Pack of Conservatives for US Senate Race in Oklahoma

As a matter of fact you might say he is the only conservative in the race for US Senate in Oklahoma.

Several weeks ago, grassroots leaders got together in Oklahoma to tell you why we are not supporting TW Shannon for US Senate. This occurred in response to some ‘national teaparty’ leaders who made a swing through the state telling us he was our man. Our letter letting them know about the error of their ways is entitled why Oklahoma Grassroots Leaders and Activists Do Not Support TW Shannon and it is here >>>

Then there are those telling us why James Lankford deserves a promotion including via his own TV ads touting his ‘conservatism’; that is until you look at his voting record which is in and of itself rather dismal. I shared with you his bad votes recently on FGST here >>>

So now it seems only fitting to let you know that there is a real conservative leader on the ballot in the primary. The media is trying to ignore him and even excluding him from some events (so what else is new right?!), but the people know that he has been there for us on so many fronts in so many battles over recent years. He’s the kind of man who is there at crunch time for you and not all focused on taking credit for all the hard work of so many people in the matter when the job is done! However you know that he was there early on and when it mattered – like for instance with the repeal of Common Core recently. Now that is a leader and one that we will not have to lobby all the time to get to do the right thing!

Document-Randy Brogdon for US Senate - 3 key issues Mon Jun 09 2014 Randy Brogdon

Stop the Debt

Repeal Obamacare

Stop NSA Spying

Document-Randy Brogdon for US Senate - Bio Mon Jun 09 2014 Randy Brogdon

Randy Brogdon’s brief bio and principles

Randy Brogdon.com

@RandyBrogdon

 

Document-Randy Brogdon for US Senate  Mon Jun 09 2014 Randy Brogdon

“Be leery of politicians that will promise you the world.  My Campaign Promise:  I will tell you the truth.  

And I will do everything in my constitutional authority to protect your freedom”

Document-Randy Brogdon for US Senate p2 Mon Jun 09 2014 Randy Brogdon

Comparison piece with startling differences between the top three candidates.  

Randy Brogdon 93%  others both in the 70 % range – barely passing!

But then of course I must also point out the differences in support for higher spending.  Lankford voted 3 times to raise the debt ceiling.  That does it for me – how about you?  Real ID anyone?  Support for Mitch McConnell?

Looks to me like the choice is clear – Randy Brogdon for US Senate.  I believe he can take it without a run-off  if only people look at the record and the money trail.  Will you help me tell the story and get out the word in your precinct?  Primary elections are about voting for the best candidate.  Run-offs will be held if necessary.  This one is a no brainer as far as I am concerned!

Here is my flyer of my favorites candidates in my area >>>

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Permalink: https://scrosnoe.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/randy-brogdon-leads-the-pack-of-conservatives-for-us-senate-race-in-oklahoma/

 

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