Legislators; even the most corrupted ones; want to be loved by everyone. They know they can't please everyone, but they still try to. They usually don't challenge their own motives nearly enough, but they spend way too much time constructing rationalizations of what they inwardly are not proud of. And they are too busy building their own careers that they cannot devote themselves purely to the role of 'representative' for the people who trust them with this solemn trust.
In the end, the agencies appear to win yet again. The legislature will reward mismanagement and lack of adequate oversight. Voting to throw more money at the worst-run agencies is a way of punishing the taxpayers for the failures of the legislative leaders.
We know that the activists of the OKGOP's several county organizations are already getting candidates to step up and defend the values of the party. Sadly, a political war appears necessary. A purge will inevitably benefit the Democrat party. But to the conservatives it is;
"Better to have an openly liberal Democrat than a deceptively liberal Republican".
A legislator ultimately votes alone. That's how it must be. The lobbyist, the leadership team, the agency bureaucrats... they don't help you sleep at night. They don't give you the honor you must have in your own heart. You must believe in what you vote for.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...