OKGOP Moves Back to Phone Booth for Meetings

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Several years ago when I moved to Oklahoma (2005), I continued my political registration as Republican. I even worked very hard to network and build the party with grassroots efforts supporting conservative, constitutional, pro-life, liberty loving folks. Silly me, I thought we were saying the same things. Long story short, many of us worked hard to build the party around issues and candidates espousing those issues.

In 2008 we grew, and in 2012 many actually believe we had a winning number, but were cheated out of the convention. In 2015 we elected one of us as chair of the party, Randy Brogdon. He was in the process of restoring the financial footing of a floundering party and in the process of moving forward when some in the GOP made his personal life miserable to the point that he resigned for the sake of his family. We witnessed the politics of destruction. I believe that is when the Republican party in Oklahoma actually died. It took another year or so for the mask to actually come off.

We can disagree and have debates; then we count votes to determine who wins and who loses. However, when we destroy our own members, the body will eventually die. When we shut out people we disagree with and refuse to have the conversations to discuss the differences, when we only post favorable comments on social media in party groups, when we refuse to live by our own rules and give a pass and $$$ to elected officials who violate our own platform, the end is near.

I would note that attendance continues to decline even though it is a presidential year. Then when discussion moved to issues this weekend, the mask really came off notably on right to bear arms and pro-life facade for party. Many will be moving to Independent status or other parties. Most will stop giving funds to the GOP and giving directly to more trustworthy candidates and grassroots efforts.

I will be writing more on the topic of political parties and why our founding fathers did not recommend them (hopefully soon).  In the meantime here is a post I did on topic recently —  As Political Alignments Shift.  And further back, I suggested that maybe we should get back to this — Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.  The fault does not lie with only one side.  It is about how we treat one another as we go.

See OKGOP Quick Wrap Up via Sooner Politics.org – Editorial for David Van Risseghem’s thoughts on convention.
To which I added my comment here: My headline would be OKGOP moves back to the phone booth for meetings. I would note that attendance continues to decline even though it is a presidential year. Then when discussion moved to issues, the mask really comes off notably on right to bear arms and pro-life facade for party. Many will be moving to Independent status or other parties. Most will stop giving funds to the GOP and giving directly to more trustworthy candidates and grassroots efforts. In fact I think I’ll go write an article on topic now… (see article above)
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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)

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Duane Crumbacher for Senate District 48 near Midwest City Oklahoma – Get Involved and Make a Difference!

Sometimes you meet people and you know immediately that they are special. Duane is one of those people. At any event, he is the one making sure everything is taken care of and doing whatever is needed to make it all work. I know how he loves and cares for his family by the way he talks about them and by the way he orders his life priorities – at least from my distant perspective. We visited briefly recently about his race and I wanted to do a post for my friends to let them know about his campaign and hopefully so that each of you will figure out some way to help put this wonderful gentleman in office.

He was unopposed in the primary and now faces opposition in the general election. District 48 is in central Oklahoma near Midwest City.  Please consider what you might do to help if you live anywhere near the area.  Please consider a donation in any case. His website is duanecrumbacher.com.  His pushcards are below and offer great insight into the issues and his commonsense approach to life and liberty.  Get involved and help make a difference because many hands make light work!

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Bipartisan Agreement — How is that working for you?

 

I snagged this on facebook recently and failed to jot down who posted it — so whoever it was thank you!  If you will comment below, I would love to give you credit for the graphic.  If you created it, you nailed it.  It really sums up the ‘bipartisan’ problem.  Now if I could be so bold as to suggest the solution.  Let’s protect one another’s individual God-given, unalienable constitutional rights. No compromising  my rights or yours, especially not for a false promise of ‘security’ because it cannot and will not be guaranteed.  Now get out there and watch each other’s back and protect each other’s rights!

Let’s Stop the War on Drugs, Bailouts, SOPA, NAFTA, UN, Bailouts, Foreign Wars, the FDA, Corporate subsidies, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Government run schools, Income taxes, Capital Gains taxes, etc.

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Christianity Today: Interview with Ron Paul on Hot Topics facing Christians and Moral Values

Q & A: Ron Paul on Leaving the Episcopal Church, and Whether to Legislate Abortion, Narcotics, & Same-Sex Marriage
The congressman who won the Values Voters Summit straw poll tells CT that he believes marriage is a sacrament but laws cannot change morality.
Interview by Sarah Pulliam Bailey in Washington, D.C. | posted 10/10/2011 10:09AM

Texas Rep. Ron Paul won a straw poll at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit on October 8, receiving 37 percent of the vote at the social conservative convention. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins downplayed the results some, saying that 600 people registered Saturday morning left after Paul spoke. “I think people are still in the process of deciding where they want to go,” Perkins told reporters. Herman Cain took 23 percent and former Sen. Rick Santorum took 16 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won 8 percent while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 4 percent of the vote.

In his speech, Paul emphasized personal responsibility, using the example of Jesus’ response to prostitution. “He didn’t call for more laws. But he was very direct and thought that stoning was not the solution to the problem of prostitution,” he told the crowd. “So do laws take care of these things, or do we need a better understanding of our Christian values and our moral principles?” In an interview withChristianity Today following his speech, Paul explained why he doesn’t think the government can create morality.

Read more here >>>

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Cross-posted with Constitutional Liberty Coalition and R3publicans

STOP Sotomayor Now — Vote this week!

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STOP Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to US Supreme Court

Sotomayor hearingsPosition: Senate members should oppose her nomination, vocally.

Reasons:

Sotomayor has made public statements and issued rulings that indicate:

  • Lack of respect for the right to bear arms
  • Racial and gender bias
  • Lack of respect for property rights
  • Has indicated “empathy” is a higher priority than following the law

Further:

  • Made a statement that appellate court judges make law
  • Her testimony last week has troubling contradictions in contrast to her writings and the facts of her life.
  • During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she showed a surprising lack of technical legal knowledge during some questioning, particularly in an interchange with Senator Hatch.
  • Has had a high rate of judicial error – 40%+ (her rulings were overturned)
  • Supports abortion through her statement that Roe v. Wade is settled law

Principles:

  • We should oppose those who are not clearly strict constructionists
  • Supporters of the Constitution in the Senate need to start showing themselves
  • Members of the Senate need to put the President on notice regarding this and future nominees to the Court

Status:

Conclusion of the hearings process, no clear date available regarding full Senate floor vote

Links:

Gun Owners of America has been closely watching and researching this nominee, providing very good general information (beyond the Second Amendment) on their site.

GOA’s Executive Director Larry Pratt, was a guest on a special episode of the Blog Talk Radio show The Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly on Thursday, July 16 to discuss the Sotomayor nomination. Larry gave a good deal of detailed information about Sotomayor and why her nomination should be opposed. You can listen by clicking here.

Former Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork made statements regarding Sotomayor and recent history on the confirmation process on Newsmaxx, Tuesday.

Wall Street Journal article on how little information was gleaned from Sotomayor’s testimony.

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SUGGESTED ACTIONS:

  • Maintain pressure on US Senate and House representatives (contact them)
  • On particular issues, contact your Governor, State legislators, county, and city representatives.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Forward this message to everyone in your contacts list

CONTACTING CONGRESS:

  1. Call the office for your Senator or House representatives
  2. Ask to speak directly with your Senator or Congressman
  3. Be sure to give your zip code so they know you are a constituent
  4. Be polite, but firm
  5. The next best method to a phone call is a fax, the least effective is email (make the phone ring in the office!)

WHY CONTACT YOUR STATE & LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES?

bill of rights

  • Several bills currently moving through Congress, if passed, seriously encroach on states’ rights, and in turn will put a lot of pressure on county and city governments.
  • It is essential that our state governments assert their sovereign rights
  • Although State legislatures are not currently in session this is the period during which legislators have the time to consider issues that need attention, or bills they will sponsor.

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Stop the Train Wreck(for more details/links on these bills)

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“Health Care Reform” / Socialized Medicine

Several versions exist Was H.R. 676 now, H.R. 3200 (see summary article, linked)

Stated Purpose: To make affordable health care available to all

Position: OPPOSE

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The PASS Act H.R. 1291

Stated Purpose: To better protect the security, confidentiality, and integrity of personally identifiable information collected by States when issuing driver’s licenses and identification documents, and for other purposes.

Position: OPPOSE

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HR 2454 (2998) American Clean Energy and Security Act – Cap & Trade

Stated purpose: Reduce carbon emissions, achieve energy independence

Position: Oppose

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S. 909 Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Bill

Purpose: Increases penalties for certain crimes committed against certain people, particularly based on sexual orientation

Position: OPPOSE

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