OCPAC: Endorsements for Governor’s Race

++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING ++ ENDORSEMENTS FOR GOVERNOR’S RACE ++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, July 21st will be held at Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Those who have read these e-mails for any length of time know of my disappointment with the National Rifle Association (NRA). On a national level, I believe they make deals with Congress and compromise on legislation which eventually gets passed. A couple of weeks ago, KTOK news reported the NRA had just endorsed U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada). At about the same time, OCPAC Vice Chairman Richard Engle received a fund raising call from someone representing the NRA. Richard asked why he had endorsed “dirty” Harry Reid, the leader of the liberal Democrats in Washington? The solicitor told him, “I didn’t, it was the NRA that endorsed Reid.” On a local level, my problem is with their apparent lack of aggressiveness on second amendment issues. As an example, during this past legislative session, the NRA reportedly said the proposed open carry law and the measure to allow for the manufacturing of guns or ammunition in Oklahoma for sale in Oklahoma only, were simply not a priority for them. With passage of such a 10th Amendment issue, those guns and ammunitions would be free of federal control since they weren’t being used for interstate commerce. That is why I have been so happy to see the formation of a new organization in Oklahoma, called OK2A. They are aggressively working on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma. Nationally, Gun Owners of America (GOA) is the “NO COMPROMISE” organization not only trying to protect the 2nd Amendment rights we still have, but also working to fully return all of our 2nd Amendment rights to the citizens of America. Therefore, our program this week will feature information from Tim Gillespie about the efforts of OK2A during this past session and parts of their agenda for next year. However, the big deal about this Wednesday is that we are going to have a drawing for a brand new Shotgun. It is a New England Firearms 12 guage pump 3-in turkey gun. It is the gun I won back in March, but gave it back to Tim to be used in a future membership drive. Here is how it will work: at about 12:40 we will have a drawing for the shotgun. Here is how you get tickets for the drawing. If you join OK2A at the basic level (annual membership is $17.76) you will receive 1 ticket. I believe there is a little higher level and if you join at that level you will receive 2 tickets. If you join at the highest level, you will receive 3 tickets. If you join GOA you will receive 3 tickets and if you cut up your NRA membership card (we will have scissors available) in front of everyone, you will receive 2 additional tickets. It should be a lot of fun, and your odds may be very good at winning that beautiful shotgun. ++ ENDORSEMENTS FOR GOVERNOR’S RACE Senator Brogdon sent out a mailer with a picture of him standing next to Glen Beck. Senator Brogdon recently had an opportunity to meet with Beck before his “Taking Back America” event at the Ford Center about 3 weeks ago. Following their meeting, Beck told the audience that Senator Brogdon was a real serious candidate that people should check out. That of course is exciting for the Brogdon campaign. On Monday, the Fallin campaign sent out an e-mail announcing David Barton’s endorsement. What most people don’t know is that Fallin and Barton have known each other for some time. One of the problems with our form of government is the weakness of human nature. We as people have a tendency to support a candidate based on our knowing them, liking them or having heard of their name somewhere. We cast our votes based on relationships rather than diligently examining a candidate’s ideology, positions on issues or their past performance as an elected official. The latter takes time and effort and most of us, if honest, would rather spend time at a ball game, social event or with our families at the lake. May I suggest that these out of state star power endorsements may provide some political help for candidates but often times the star really knows very little about the candidate or their stands on issues. While the members of OCPAC are certainly not infallible, I would suggest an endorsement from our organization should have much more weight than any out of state star. We at OCPAC do the best we can to ferret out the shallow and liberal Republicans from those who are conservative and substantive. I have followed David Barton’s career for probably the past 25 years or so. About 13 years ago, we even had David at an OCPAC meeting where he spoke for about 30 minutes and then we just had a Q&A session with him for the next hour or more. About 5 or so years ago, OCPAC sponsored a luncheon for about 30 lawmakers and or their spouses where both David Barton and Bill Federer did an excellent job of educating the audience. David is the most valuable Christian historian alive today, based on his knowledge and ability to get an important message out to a small or large audience. Therefore, people should make every effort to access as much historical knowledge from David as possible. However, I believe David has a significant political shortcoming. He served for many years as the Vice Chairman of the Republican party in the State of Texas. I believe he has a propensity to believe conservatives may have a better chance to influence moderate Republicans who are more likely to win, than get behind the more conservative candidates to help them to get into office. As an example, in 2000 he told a friend of mine that Governor George W. Bush was a person we could really work with as President. As it turned out, President Bush turned out to be a liberal Republican and largely a disaster, especially regarding domestic policies. Based on his performance as Governor, being a member of the elitist Skull and Bones fraternity at Yale, as well as the fact that he was the son of George H. Bush, a member of the CFR, the Trilateral Commission and Skull and Bones, I warned people about the liberal Bush before he was elected to the Presidency. I have said all that to say this, I was right and Barton was wrong then, just like now, OCPAC is correct about Randy Brogdon being the best candidate for Governor and Barton is wrong about believing Mary would be the better governor. About 5 weeks ago, the Brogdon campaign did a poll of 2,000 likely voters which showed Fallin still ahead of Brogdon, but 53% indicated they were still undecided. If those undecided voters break toward Senator Brogdon when they finally make up their minds, then Randy will win this race. Much of Mary’s support is “soft” based merely on name ID. When voters get the chance to hear Randy or become educated about his leadership in the Senate, they are easily switched to supporting the good Senator. I just talked with a friend that is very knowledgeable about government and politics and boy did he make my day. In the past he has agreed with me that Randy would far and away be a better governor than Mary, but he had been solidly in Mary’s camp as he thought she had a better chance of beating Drew or Jari in November. However, when I informed him last week that Mary indicated at a forum in Enid that she opposed anymore tax cuts until the economy improves, that was the issue that caused him to change positions. He is well aware, that when you cut taxes on businesses, you stimulate the economy and an improved economy will create more jobs and increase revenues which flow into state government. He told me he had just cast a vote for Senator Brogdon with an absentee ballot. Randy is aggressively going after votes with his substantive message of liberty, free enterprise and a prosperous future. Mary is desperately trying to hold on to her lead, with a positive sounding message made up of little more than pink, puff and pifile fluff. One week from today, the Republican voters in Oklahoma can vote for a game changer like Senator Brogdon or select yet another establishment candidate who as governor will do little more than nibble around the edges of the liberal damage done to our state over the past 100 years by the Democrats. I hope to have Charlie’s Picks out by Thursday, until then I hope to see everyone at OCPAC this Wednesday. Charlie Meadows Charliemeadows7@gmail.com