An Open Letter to RP Supporters
David Byte
Sunday, 03 June 2012 22:29

I posted this on FB a few weeks ago, but wanted to re-post it here.

 

It's OK, I get it!  You are gravely concerned about our country and our liberties.  I AM TOO!  The problem is that we are approaching the issue from two vastly different directions.  So, let's discuss the challenge openly and see how we can work together so that we have a WIN in the next cycle (if we make it).

 

First, let's examine where we are at.  I am NOT a Romney supporter, let's be clear about that.  I too view him as Obama light and think he is simply best suited to assure our descent into the nothingness of socialism that waits for our Republic and that it occurs without massive bloodshed (which I view as a definite possibility).  I hope I am wrong on this, but I don't feel that Romney has it in him to do the hard things that are required to save our Republic.

 

That being said, I also cannot support a candidate who has so little general appeal that he is viewed as a joke by even a large number of extreme conservatives.  Ron Paul's failure to distance himself properly from groups such as the 911 truthers and other conspiracy theorists in the 2008 cycle has left a negative association for him in the mind of the average un-educated American voter.  While Dr. Paul addresses many things I agree with, this is the equivalent of "It only takes 1 Oh ***t to undo 10 attaboys."  The human psyche simply cannot let go of negative actions or memories.

 

Instead, I supported Herman Cain.  I believe Mr. Cain had several things America needs right now.

1. Big Ideas for limiting government and reducing its size and reach

2. A sense of humor

3. An honest love for the country

I'm not saying Dr. Paul doesn't have these, but Mr. Cain did not have the negative associations that had been left in the mind of most of the electorate.  I'm also not saying he was perfect, but I am saying that I believe very strongly that he could have garnered a majority of electoral votes and beat the Socialist In Chief we have today.

 

I think I have a good grasp on what Dr. Paul is about and again, I agree with most of it. We differ on some aspects of foreign policy, but in general, I agree with much that he believes and supports.  As someone who is a producer, I believe that we need less government in our lives and less government telling me how to live and spend my hard earned money.  Basically, I think the federal government has a very small scope of actions they are allowed to fulfill and should be restricted to those few itemized powers.

 

Let's talk about what we are both doing today.

First, I applaud you for getting involved.  The vast majority of the electorate is a bunch of lemmings who don't have the faintest idea about what really occurs in government or what the role of governments (at any level) are.  This is what has led to our current nanny state situation.

 

Where we differ in what we are doing today is this.  While you are trying to win on technicalities of rules and disproprtional representation in precinct meetings and conventions, we are out working and winning at the local level.  We are hammering away at our candidates trying to ensure that we are getting conservatives into office and hold them accountable for their actions.  This is an area where the RP support team has been vastly silent.  So silent in fact, that it is a generally accepted idea that we won't see most of you again until 2016 once this convention cycle is over.

 

What this creates is a general lack of acceptance within conservative republican ranks for the RP supporters as it is felt (often rightly so) that you are coming in to hijack a process that we have been working with for months and years to ensure inclusion for conservatives and the spread of the conservative message.  Now, I know you will say that not all county parties are like that and I will agree.  But if you want to change that, you have to show up and volunteer.  Do you know how many RP supporters have been present at the events our county party participates in since the last election cycle (3 festivals per year, multiple parades, and other events)?

 

What's your guess?  Ten?, Six? two?   How about zero!  That's right, not a single one!

 

While we are a party that allows you to come in and join and share our conservative ideals (take a look at the Wagoner County Republican Platform if you want to see how conservative we are:  http://wagonergop.com/images/documents/2012/2012%20platform.pdf), because of the human condition, the average member is looking for you to have put your time, money and efforts into the party consistently.  If you don't show up and stay active, you will never "earn your conservative credentials".

 

Now, that we understand where we are each coming from, let's talk about the future.

 

Realistically, Dr. Paul is too old to run again.  He needs to step aside in 2016 and allow Rand to run.  Rand is not viewed as being associated with the fringe groups that Dr. Paul has been and due to his economic policy chops, less isolationist foreighn policy and clear messaging, he has a much broader appeal.  What we need to be doing as liberty loving conservatives is preparing the way for Rand in 2016.

 

The RP team already has a fantastically strong support organization and strong ability to mobilize.  Let's continue to build that and leverage it for county, state, house and senate races where we can put true, limited government candidates into office.  Even if the candidate is not perfect, they are likely far better than the socialist or near socialist alternative.  The yield of having additional conservatives is that the lemming politicians who are still in office will move towards the right thus resulting in more conservative ideals and principles dictating bills that are produced at all levels of government.

 

By working in the mid-term cycle in conjunction with groups like the Tea Party and 912ers, the RP support team would be able to greatly influence a turn back towards conservative ideals that is necessary for the survival of our Republic.  Don't expect to come into the party and win leadership positions, rather come in and volunteer and stay involved and the leaders among you will float to the top and end up in postions where you are able to help direct America towards a brighter future.

 

If you're willing to put in the time, effort, finances and energy required to achieve this goal, I think you will find most of truly conservative America is happy to have you here.  Your influence will help stem the tide of progressivism that is trying to invade all aspects of our party and the net result is that you will be accepted and welcomed to the process by a vast majority of liberty loving Americans.

 

In conclusion, let's work to the future and for Rand (or another limited government conservative) in 2016.  If we work together instead of against each other, we can help this country make the hard right turn necessary to survive.

 
The Oath of Office
Russell Turner
Friday, 29 July 2011 19:54

Anyone that has ever held an elected office knows that they are required to take an oath of office when they assume their position. Usually the oath will include a promise to obey the laws of their state and the Constitution of the United States of America. I have noticed that far too many of our elected officials want to have a system where the laws that they obey are the ones that they select. I agree that there can be so many laws that it can be a burden to be able to obey all of the laws, but an attempt should be made to obey the laws or go through the proper channels to amend the law or change it. I recently read a news article where our president has enacted the so-called DREAM Act by executive order.

The problem with illegal immigration has been a problem that our federal government has refused to deal with for many years. States such as Arizona have experienced nothing short of an invasion of people that do not respect our borders or the laws of our nation. As I remember, one of the duties of the president is to protect the citizens of this country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The people of Arizona, after passing laws that would make an attempt to control the illegal wave that is coming into their state, were harassed by the federal government. If the feds would apply half the pressure on the ones violating our laws instead of the law-abiding citizens of Arizona, maybe some of the illegal immigration problems would be resolved. Instead our president, with no fanfare from the press, has enacted a law that does not have the support of the American people and has twice been defeated in Congress. The Dream Act grants amnesty to any illegal alien residing in the United States if s/he agrees to enlist in the U.S. Military or enter college.

 

Recently Obama's Department of Justice (DOJ) blocked Arizona from enforcing its voter ID law. It is estimated that a half million illegal aliens enter Arizona annually. Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne recently stated that he believed that blocking of the law facilitated massive voter fraud by illegal aliens. The feds contend that Arizona’s law requiring proof of citizenship to register is unconstitutional and is pre-empted by federal law. If our president had the same attitude to some invading army from another nation, he would simply have our troops lay down their weapons and welcome them in and offer each soldier a college education.

 
Michelle's random thoughts on the Boehner plan
Congress
  
Thursday, 28 July 2011 21:55

The republicans in Congress keep talking politics as if we are still interested in it.  They have lost or are losing the party faithful. The conservative leadership, at least in OK, is sick of the politics and are not interested in the political ramifications of sticking it to the democrats/Obama because we are no longer certain that we will even have a country when the next election rolls around.  If we are playing politics and we KNOW the Senate will not pass this bill, why not make the "Boehner plan" a HUGE cutting bill?  Why not push through trillions upon trillions in cuts?  Take a chainsaw to this ridiculous federal budget.  Go big or go home.

The Boehner plan only guarantees a vote on the balanced budget amendment.  And we all know how much we can trust the guarantees of Congress...

The plan calls to reduce 1.8 trillion over 10 years, but we are increasing at a rate of 8 trillion a year, so this plan simply means that instead of increasing by 80 trillion over 10 years, we will increase just 78 trillion.

What we need are for our Republican leaders to just say "NO, we will NOT compromise." It is time to stand up for what is right, which is to live within the budget AND the bounds of the Constitution.

If you are cutting the spending that is causing us to run so close to the debt ceiling, why do you need to increase the debt ceiling?  Wouldn't it be wiser to just cut spending until it hurts?

The Republicans like to say how bad Obama's spending is, and indeed it is.  Under his administration, government has grown and spent at unprecedented levels. However, let's not forget who paved the way for him.  We overspent to a massive degree when Bush was in the White House, but I guess that was okay because he had an R next to his name.

They're saying that if nothing is done, the treasury would have to use incoming funds to pay the bills coming due, and that the money needing to go out is more than the money coming in.  I have an amazing idea.  I will put it in all caps so the idiots in Congress can read it easier:  CUT THE DIFFERENCE!!

If the president has to prioritize spending, let him be the one that decides not to pay Social Security.

 

 

 

 

 
OPINIONS AND SHOES
Russell Turner
Monday, 27 June 2011 23:07

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feel that far too often we Americans don’t want to take an active role in government as long as it doesn’t affect us directly. We have increasingly become a nation of people that could care less about legislation and how it could affect other people as long as it might benefit them. I do not feel that it is wise to blindly follow anyone, and that goes double for our elected leaders, especially those of the liberal persuasion who continually pit one group of Americans against another in the name of political gain. Our country is far from perfect, but at one time I believe that the virtues of honesty and integrity were much stronger than they are today. Whether we want to admit it or not our country was founded upon the Judeao Christian belief system. I thought it was very inappropriate when, while doing a story, the NBC network edited the phrase of “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” from the Pledge of Allegiance that children were reciting.

 

With all of the problems such as the national debt, crime, etc., that we are currently experiencing, all of us need to have a change of attitude and start to try to understand how it would be to walk in someone else’s shoes. I feel that the idea of America is greater than a group of people running to the public trough like a bunch of pigs when the slop is dumped into their feed trough. All of us have the responsibility to work towards a better and more civil society.

 

Recently I was impressed with the courage of a lady shopping at her local Wal-Mart who witnessed a trio of individuals stealing cases of beer from the store. By herself she confronted the individuals, and due in large part to her actions, the criminals was apprehended by the police. Granted the lady was taking a chance of personal injury, during an interview she said that she was tired of going to going to her local Wal-Mart and not feeling safe while shopping. She went on to say that if we want to take this country back it is our duty as citizens to do it.

 

I do not advocate that everyone take it upon ourselves to confront every lawbreaker when we see a crime being committed, but we can provide information to the proper authorities and make sure they act upon the information.  We Americans were never intended to sit back in a corner and simply accept what our elected leaders dictate to us; we must start putting more faith in ourselves and be willing to wear another person’s shoes.

 

 
HEAR NO EVIL SPEAK NO EVIL
Russell Turner
Saturday, 18 June 2011 20:29

I have often seen the cartoon where there are three monkeys sitting side by side; one with his hands covering his eyes, one covering his ears and the final one covering his mouth. While the cartoon may seem humorous, it is a sad fact that the actions of we Americans are not that much different than those of the monkeys. We Americans have been richly blessed with a standard of living that most of the rest of the world only dreams of. I believe that our prosperity was due to the efforts of the men and women who fought and won WW2 “more commonly known as America’s greatest generation”. Most of them lived through the great depression and knew what sacrifice was. Anyone who has ever lived through bad times has a better understanding of sound financial stewardship. Most of the Americans living today have made the bad assumption that tomorrow will be the same as yesterday and next week will be the same as today. Economics is just like the weather; today it can be calm, tomorrow a storm may fall out of the sky and destroy everything you own. Far too many of our people made the assumption that it was a natural right of Americans to have huge homes, cheap gas, and oodles of junk, as well as a government that could buy anything it wanted without giving a second thought to fiscal discipline. I have begun to get more pessimistic about the financial problems of our country. There are individuals such as Senator Tom Coburn that understand the dilemma facing our country, but for every person like senator Coburn there are numerous others that have to see the storm clouds and lack the courage and political will to make the hard sacrifices. I used to think that corrupt politicians were the problem, but I have found that they are merely a symptom of a much bigger problem. I have often heard voters make the comment that many of the programs of the government have always been done that way and they always expect them to continue even if they are ineffective or corrupt. Many politicians have abused their power to satisfy groups with sweetheart deals funded with taxpayer money. If a politician does try to do the right thing the voters will simply vote him out for someone who promises them what they want to hear. The decades of these practices are on the verge of catching up with us. Granted there is a lot of talk being done about the deficit but I do not see the political courage to solve our problem. By the way the difference between an optimist and pessimist - usually the pessimist has more and better information.

 
The Problem with Paper Shortages
Russell Turner
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 16:56

I have often heard the old saying that we humans never learn from history and we have a bad habit of repeating the same old mistakes time and time again. I have written several columns about the seriousness of the financial fallout that seems destined to happen to our country. Throughout history other peoples have had to endure the consequences of their poor handling of their economic systems. Before their empire fell, the ancient Romans devalued their Denarius silver coin by 50%, history shows time and time again that when a currency is destroyed it can have disastrous effects upon a country or society. A couple of recent examples include Zimbabwe and Argentina.

 

I have found that most people take for granted the importance of currency, it is a means to transact business without having to barter goods with someone who does not have the items that we need. Currency is also a medium for us to trade our time for something of value and to have that savings to purchase the things we need at our convenience. For the people that held Zimbabwe dollars, they saw their entire savings wiped out when it was devalued to nothing and the government discontinued its use. In the case of Argentina, it was one of the most progressive and modern countries in South America their currency was devalued to one fourth of it’s value, overnight the citizens of that country saw all of their necessities costing them four times what it previously did. In addition, the people of Argentina experienced bank closings and huge unemployment numbers.

 

I recently read about similar problems in the nation of Belarus, just recently the Belarusian ruble was devalued by 56%. It now takes three times the rubles to buy food and clothing as it did before the ruble was devalued. The citizens of that country are spending their money as fast as they can while it still has some value. According to the report many store shelves are bare, even toilet paper has been in short supply.

 

We Americans need to understand that just printing more money will not insulate us from economic storms. I sincerely hope that we don’t experience the hardships that the people of Zimbabwe, Argentina and Belarus have and are experiencing. Many people in our country don’t want to worry about issues like the economy, they feel that for some reason we in America are completely immune to such problems. But if we are to suffer the shortage of things such as toilet paper, maybe we can use some of the newly printed money for that purpose.

 

 

 
Hey Big Spender
Russell Turner
Saturday, 21 May 2011 23:03


I guess it is just human nature to want to be able to spend a lot of money and not worry about the supply of money ending. Throughout my life I have taken notice of how my neighbors and other people conduct their lives and finances. I have noticed some people try to make a big splash; often those kind of people will start a business and go deep into debt with all of the newest and best equipment available. I have noticed that usually those kinds of people will have a visit from the local repo man within a year or two. On the other hand I have noticed that the more successful people usually grow their business at a slower rate, they will start out with older used equipment and as they save money they will upgrade and buy better equipment. Usually they will do the harder dirtier work and make the sacrifices necessary to get ahead in life. I understand that borrowing money is often necessary, but the most innovative people try to avoid as much debt as possible. They also understand that wealth is, for the most part, grown over a long period of time. Far too often we are influenced by shiny new paint and new clothes; through personal experience I have found that many times the people that like to make the biggest show don’t have two nickels to rub together while the more practical people with a few patches on their clothes usually have the ability to pay their bills.

Last Monday our federal government reached it’s debt limit of 14.3 trillion dollars. Our government takes in roughly 2 trillion dollars each year but is spending 3.5 trillion. While talking to an individual a couple of days ago, he expressed his opinion that the numbers are so large many Americans just don’t get it. It is the equivalent to someone operating a business that takes in 200 dollars a week but the expenses are running at 350 dollars per week. Even if the business owner has become accustomed to a nice lifestyle, any sane person knows that this scenario cannot continue. Over the next several weeks there will be a huge debate on increasing the debt limit. I do not support increasing the debt limit, we Americans need to stop demanding more government than we can afford. Our government will still be receiving tax dollars from those of us who pay taxes, maybe our leaders need to take a lesson from the people who know how to sacrifice and be willing to wear a few patches.

 

 
Business Activity Tax
David Byte
Friday, 20 May 2011 19:09

Let me rant for a moment about a bill cosponsored by the following individuals:

 

  • Rep. Benge
  • Rep. Trebilcock
  • Rep. Derby
  • Rep. McDaniel
  • Rep. Sullivan
  • Sen. Coffee

 

Today I get the mail and I have a form wanting more TAXES from my small business.  It's apparently not enough that  I already pay a fee (tax) to the Secretary of State's office for each LLC I operate AND pay taxes on income earned from these businesses, but now these individuals think it is a great idea to grab a minimum of $25.00 from every business operating in this state with a max of $20,000 (the Franchise Tax maximum for companies that have Oklahoma capital in the amount of $160k or more).

This is just another reason for businesses not to be established or operate here.  It could even possibly push a small business from profit to loss in this tight economy, but what do these six "representatives" of the people care?  They still get to sponsor and support bills to take care of their cronies and top donors by taking from everyone else.

I am sure they will say that it is such a small fee, no major inconvenience, and it may be, BUT, where does it end?

One more thing.  This tax that is due July 1, 2011 cannot even be filed until after June 1 because they don't have things ready to process them.  Oh yeah, if it is late, they're going to assess penalties too.  Ridiculous.

So, misters Benge, Trebilcock, Derby, McDaniel, Sullivan and Coffee, I would like to thank all of you for clearly identifying yourselves as RINOs with this bill.  You just another way for you take take my hard earned money and give it to someone else.  I am pretty sure that income redistribution is a tenant of socialism.

Now, KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY WALLET!

 

 

 

 

 
Why we need to repeal the 17th Amendment
David Byte
Thursday, 19 May 2011 12:38

 

It is high time that we move forward with the process of repealing the 17th Amendment.  This amendment was pushed by the progressive movement and has resulted in unbalancing our Federal government.  This unbalancing has resulted in out of control federal spending, elimination of freedoms and is eroding the basis of our republic. What we basically have in place is the House of Representatives and the elite House of Representatives.

The original design for the legislative portion of our government was to decentralize power from the central government to the states.  This was accomplished by having the state's legislatures send two individuals of their choice to the Senate.  This ensured that bills that originated in the House as the direct representation of the electorate were balanced by the needs and protection of state's individual rights.  The resulting balance kept federal spending in check and the federal government mostly limited to the constitutional duties it was authorized for.  If the Senators forgot their job or where they were from, they could be promptly recalled and replaced by their state legislature.  The ensured that the states were properly represented at the Federal government level.

After the 17th Amendment became law, we immediately lost the ability for state legislators to keep the Federal government's power reigned in.  We quickly saw politicians moving from 1 and 2 terms to lifers, we see Federal spending skyrocketing and we can clearly mark on a timeline the rapid creation of social programs that were originally meant for good, but are now sucking the lifeblood from our country.


Graphic from Ned Ryun's "The System"

With nobody in DC to represent state governments, the Federal government started expanding their own power and reach.  States began to lose control of important functions like assistance for the poor, public education and even the National Guard.  Today, our state governments tend to act as implementers of federally controlled programs, taxing and allocating funds for the mandates that are passed by those in Congress who do nothing but serve special interests and their own ego.

It is time to set things right.  This is a necessary step for our country to survive.  Without the repeal of the 17th amendment there will never be truly lasting reform in the federal government.  The uninvolved and un-educated populace will continue to elect those who buy their votes through tax relief, programs and general lies about what really happens in DC.  With the states firmly represented, bad government, such as Obamacare would NEVER have made it through the legislative process.  It is doubtful that pork barrel spending would continue either as the Senators would have a keen interest in protecting their state's ability to generate and collect revenue.

Undoing the 17th amendment would allow states to be masters of their own destiny.  If California wants to be a nanny state, so be it.  Oklahoma and Texas could both very easily decide to be havens for business and have policies and tax codes that support that without the interference we currently see from DC.  It is time to begin the push and it is going to take some time to build enough support for it to happen, but if we truly love our country, we've got to do it.

If you truly wish to understand the impact that the progressive movement has had and the damage they have caused, I encourage you to attend an American Majority event where Ned Ryun is presenting "The System".  A link to the presentation can be found here.

 

 
MOATS AND ALLIGATORS
Russell Turner
Saturday, 14 May 2011 22:12

 

Last week President Obama gave a speech while standing on the US/Mexico border, during the speech he ridiculed the efforts of Republican congressmen and senators who want to control the wave of illegal immigration into our country. He was quoted as saying that they won't be happy until they get a moat with alligators along the border. "They'll never be satisfied," he said. During the speech he also told a friendly El Paso crowd that it's up to them to tell Congress to pass legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

 

While all of the rhetoric that our president is putting out for public consumption may be par for the course in a political campaign, I feel that we Americans need to think things out before getting into the frenzy of a mob. I happen to be a member of the GOP, and to say the least I am not satisfied with the handling of the immigration problem and many other issues. It astounds me when I keep hearing about granting some kind of blanket citizenship to someone who has entered our country illegally. There have been countless people from across the globe who have come to this country and sworn allegiance to our flag and went through the system of checks then became productive and loyal citizens. I feel that it is an insult to those who came into our country legally to reward those who ignored our laws and came here anyhow. I was born in this country, and like the people who later became legal citizens, it is the duty of our government to protect us from all enemies both foreign and domestic. Anyone who has been watching the news recently knows of the drug cartel war that is raging in old Mexico; I can’t understand why anyone isn’t concerned about that violence migrating across the border.

 

As for moats and alligators, maybe we should place a few around congress and the white house and not allow anyone out until the elected leaders get a handle on the excessive spending that will bankrupt our country if it is not brought under control. There is an old saying about being butt deep in alligators; many Americans are experiencing that dilemma. For those of us that have worked and saved for the future, the games that are being played with our government budgets are placing that entire savings at risk. To say the least I am not satisfied, but I could be if our laws were enforced equally for all citizens and a common sense approach was used in government spending. Until then maybe we should start trapping some big alligators.

 

 

 
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