Good intentions do not matter when a group of activists decide to waste time and resources including the attention and limited time of their followers. What matters is that a foolish goal is set, nothing gets done, and that many more people resign themselves to living with the loss of freedoms and a steadily increasing tax load.
Case in point is the planned rally at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon. The idea was reported to be the ignorant brain child of Don Spencer, AKA Dollar Don, the money hungry camera whore head of OK2A. The well intention but ignorant idea is to invite a mob of people to the Capitol Tuesday afternoon, talk to the “legislators” between 3 and 5 pm, feed them pizza at 5 pm, and gather in the House galley after said patriots are bloated and sleepy and no doubt making copious pizza farts.
Which is a colossal waste of time. First the bill being promoted is a good one, HB 1236 directs the legislature and the attorney general to consider Joe Biden's executive orders, federal agency rules, and congressional actions for constitutional problems and intervene to challenge them in the courts or to seek exemptions for the citizens of the state. Should the AG chicken out the legislature can vote on whether or not the order, law, or agency rule is unconstitutional.
At that point no county, city, or other government agency will be allowed to enforce any order, rule, or law that unconstitutionally restricts rights during pandemics or health emergencies, natural resources including oil and gas, agriculture or land use, banking as it relates to social issues or environmental issues, our constitutionally protected rights including the right to bear arms, education, sports or extracurricular activities, or any other power reserved by the Constitution to the citizen or state.
So far so good, but the tactics of asking people to show up at the Capitol on a week night is likely to flop like Mayor Holt's wrists during a rendition of the song Macho Man. Stupid... as is talking to the legislators and gathering at the House galley. The House already passed the issue by a massive margin with over 80 co sponsors. How about talking to the Senators? Well many have decided to insulate themselves by requiring “appointments” to meet with the lordly senators of Oklahoma. The unwashed and non well heeled need not apply.
Luckily for freedom and good sense, the new GOP Chairman John Bennett had a better idea that he sent out via email:
“I’m calling on Oklahoma’s Republicans to reach out and encourage State Senator Greg Treat (District 47) to move this bill to a vote before next week’s legislative deadline.
Sen. Treat can be reached by phone at (405)521-5632 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A much better idea, contact the senator that is holding up the train, not the House members that have already passed the legislation.
Even better contact YOUR senator who represents YOU. Yes, a senate leader represents all of us in the state and you have the right to contact him and ask him to do the right thing. But you have zero leverage. Greg Treat was elected in 2011, 2023 he is out of office so he is already term limited and could care less if you support him.
Here is an email list for all senators. Call YOUR senator and twist his arm. Be polite but firm. If you do not know who your senator is, shame on you. Click on this link to find out and keep in touch with the syphilitic bastard.
Julia Kirt Julia.Kirt@oksenate.gov
Now for an even better idea, also contact Lt. Governor Matt Pinnel. Who is the President of the Senate and has the ability to waltz his skinny U.S. job killing Chinese baby hammock importing ass right into the Senate chambers and take over the gavel anytime he wants to and put HB 1236 up for a vote. Look that up in the Oklahoma Constitution under Article VI, Section 1A:
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Room 117
Oklahoma City, 73105
Put his number on your speed dial and call ten times an hour until you get through. Choke the phone lines, leave a message on his recorder after 9 pm, if you are going to show up camp out in front of his office and demand a meeting.
Pinnell is up for re election next year. He can be moved, Greg Treat, probably not.
Pinnell is going to whine and sob and claim he cannot do it. So is he weaker than Mary Fallin when she was the Lt. Governor in 2001 and did exactly that when she took control of the Senate to pass the Right to Work law? And when the Senate was 2/3rds majority Democrat? Pinnell can do what Fallin did, walk in, take over the podium and gavel as his right as Senate President, and refuse to do anything other than get HB 1236 on the floor and passed. The Democrat majority senate was not happy about this move but it worked
Pinnell has the chance to become the hero or the goat in this matter. But activists need to slap the piss out of their “leaders” and take control of things and target the correct people if HB 1236 is to pass, their OWN senators and Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell.
April 19, 2021 at 10:21AM
No Stupid, Point the other end of the Rifle at the Enemy....
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