How They Have Failed Us

The Social Gospel was an early 20th century movement that sought to make society better through reform efforts inspired by the teachings of Jesus in the sermon on the mount.   We believe that government should be inspired by these teachings.

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The Beatitudes

Our state government has ignored these teachings because it has failed to provide the most basic services. Irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent and corporations who have bought their influence has crippled our ability to fulfill the most basic government functions.

What led to this situation?  It is very simple and there is a clear contrast in this election.  Our legislators basic philosophy comes from Grover Norquist.  Norquist was and is a hero of these legislators.  He once said, "I don't want to abolish government, I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it to the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub".

They have succeeded in this mission.  They do not like and do not trust government.  That is the irony.  Those whom we have elected to serve in government are attempting to reduce it to the point that it cannot serve the people.

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The Preamble to the United States Constitution defines the role of government and how they can fulfill these responsibilities.

We the People, in order to form a perfect union . . .

ESTABLISH JUSTICE - Our prisons are overcrowded and dangerous and correction officers are underpaid and underappreciated.  So many of the prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders and people with mental illness.  Justice for our current legislature is punishment not rehabilitation.  The answer has just been to lock them up.  Through rehabilitation, drug treatment programs and restoring funding to mental health, we can help people become productive contributors to society again.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROMOTE THE COMMON DEFENSE - Funding has been so drastically cut the the Highway Patrol has had to limit it's patrol to safe fuel costs.  This endangers all of us as they are not able to serve, protect and defend us.  When school funding is cut, students are less likely to graduate and more likely to turn to drugs or crime.  Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.

PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE - Our schools are not properly funded forcing educators to close schools to demand that legislators do their job.  Schools have had to go to four day weeks forcing parents to pay for childcare every Friday.  Jobs have been lost at every school in the county and at Carl Albert and our legislators stood idly by and watched it happen.  Social workers have lost their jobs.  Healthcare and mental healthcare can no longer be provided.  The effects of these policies are real!  Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth.

SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY - They believe that government only hinders are liberty and our freedoms.  We believe government can help to secure and enhance it.  We cannot have liberty if we are too sick to enjoy it.  We cannot have liberty if we do not have the access to knowledge to explore opportunities.  We cannot have liberty if we are not safe.  We cannot have liberty if thousands of our fellow citizens are left without hope and turn to drugs and crime.  Blessed our those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

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MOVING INTO THE FUTURE NOT FEARING IT
THE POLITICS OF FEAR - We will no longer be victims to the politics of fear.  They will say we say we defend Islamist Terrorists, we like to kill babies, or protect Mexican rapists and criminals.  They will say we are Communists but we will NOT be deterred.

We are focused on providing a NEW DEAL FOR OKLAHOMA AND LEFLORE COUNTY . . .

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