Editor’s note: I had the good pleasure of meeting a remarkable man, last month. Lloyd Noble II and I were among the massive crowd of Oklahomans who attended the funeral of Mark Costello. Afterward, in the foyer, I noticed Lloyd Noble standing off to the side and I had to take the opportunity to greet him. I had just placed him in nomination for the 2015 Defenders of Liberty Awards for grassroots activism.
How the news broke
Conservative voters roared in a standing ovation Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plans to retire.
Rubio, who is running for president, shared the news that broke just before his speech, working it into prepared remarks where he questioned why a Republican Congress isn’t “able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction.”
Two of the three announced candidates for OKGOP Chairman have published their “vision statement for the office they are seeking.
Fifteen years ago, the U.S. ranked second, behind Hong Kong.
Overregulation, civil asset forfeiture, eminent domain, and other factors have combined to make the country much less business-friendly, according to Per Bylund of Oklahoma State University. Bylund is the Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise and Asst. Professor in the School of Entrepreneurship at OSU. He tells KRMG’s Russell Mills that he’s blowing the whistle to draw attention to what he sees as major obstacles to economic growth and freedom in the country, but admits there are few easy solutions.
After years of nonresponsiveness and even banning counties from developing local policies, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is now becoming the default regulator of the petroleum production industry.
After convincing a Guthrie area production site to shut down 2 wells earlier this summer, the Corporation Commission is now officially forcing regulations on a Cushing area site.
|The Massachusetts 1994 Gay marriage Ruling was stayed, so the legis-
lature could respond in an orderly way to the landmark ruling.
While I admire the diligent stand Kim Davis is making; it seems to have a fatal flaw. And this is where the worldview of a Falwell Republican differs from a Buckley Republican.
Buckley eventually opposed blue laws and general “Nanny State” interference with many personal liberties. But homosexual marriage is not an equality issue, because every person can marry a person of the opposite sex. Homosexuals want an expansion of accommodation to allow any of us to marry a person of our own sex or the opposite sex. That policy decision belongs to the legislative process, not a judicial fiat. This is where the libertarian philosophy seems to be the ultimate rendezvous of conservatives in retreat.
The Two Ditches
There are two ‘ditches’ which our free thought can veer off, into; in our quest for the truth.
- One ditch is to blindly accept the official version.
- The other ditch is to blindly reject the official version
SomeMost people have a preset disposition which is fed by their politics, prejudices, and temperament.
- Some people are afraid to question certain presumptions because they would have to make major changes in their worldview if they conclude a different theory.
One of my blogging mentors, Michael Bates, just added his thoughts on Marriage. Particularly the government role in the marriage process. I think you’ll find it thought-provoking. I’m glad Michael is taking an interest in this issue. I hope he continues his research. He mentions me by name and refers to my views.
I agree with Bates, that government needs to retain a role in the marriage issue. somehow he got another idea about my position.
I must clear some important misconceptions about my views.
I wrote a short dissertation on the matter last winter. Please read it, here. But to address the specifics of Michael’s concerns, let me make 3 points.
|Can the governor put a monument on the mansion lawn?|
Tonight we hear that a state judge has ordered the famous Capitol Ten Commandments Monuments must be removed from the state capitol grounds.
My question is; “Would the courts ban a christmas tree from the governor’s mansion using the same legal arguments?”.
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