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August 2, 2010

Ah, consensus! Compromising one’s values for a politician’s promise…

“Ah consensus … the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead.  What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner ‘I stand for consensus’?” — Margaret Thatcher

The Oklahoma primary, held Tuesday, July 27, 2010, resulted in less than encouraging outcomes for those who know what time it is in America and what is at stake in OK: the continuation of big government assaults on life, liberty and property; the chipping away at this country’s remaining foundations.  In essence, the end of this country as we have known it.

The most-watched race was the OK Governor’s race, a contest between the establishment’s choice, Congresswoman Mary Fallin (a voter of the Bailout and other big-government bills), and OK Senator Randy Brogdon, the constitutional conservative with the grassroots support and the on-point message. Faux conservative vs. the  real deal.

Faux won the primary.  But just barely.

On the Republican ticket, 54% of the primary vote went to Fallin; 46% voted against Fallin.  (Brogdon, projected by ‘experts’ to get 18% of the vote actually garnered almost 40%, with the other two Republican primary candidates drawing roughly 5.5% of the Republican vote). 

This 54/46 vote split is a pretty accurate reflection of the ideological breach in the Republican party.

On the Democrat side, current OK Lt. Governor Jari Askins won over the favored Drew Edmondson, the current Attorney General:  50.28% Askins, 49.72% Edmondson.  Just about down the middle.  

The ‘experts’ were wrong on both the projected Brogdon numbers and the expected Edmondson win. 

The dating game begin.

During the debate and leading up the election Fallin, characterized as a ‘mama grizzly’ by Sarah Palin, ignored the grassroots, refused to debate Randy Brogdon at every opportunity, ran away from tough questions, avoided any situation where there was a hint of being held accountable for her voting record, and wouldn’t committing to reducing the size of government.  

Very un-grizzlyish.  More pudding-ish.

The primary is over and the numbers make it obvious that Fallin does not have enough support to win in November without the committment of that 46% anti-Fallin block.  Hence, the courting and wooing of the Brogdon supporters has begun.  [There are currently more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state of Oklahoma and the Fallin camp knows that in order to win they need all the grassroots votes, plus votes from the Democrat side.]

The skilled and well-practiced establishment machine has already approached a sampling of the grassroots groups and has apparently convinced a few of them that they can be part of driving a ‘hard bargain’ with the Fallin camp, and that if they get behind Fallin-the-grizzly they’ll get certain pieces of legislation passed next session, i.e. Open Carry, no RFID chips in the OK driver’s license, and the Firearms Freedom Act.


This is a con-game, played election after election.  It’s a play that works to persuade the grassroots folks to go along with the agenda-driven establishment, filled with promises and assurances. 

The grassroots will be told such things as ‘We got the message loud and clear – 46% voted for someone else,’ or  ‘46% want smaller government,’ or ‘states really do need to stand up to the Federal government,’ and the ever-present ‘help us and we’ll make sure you’ll have a seat at the table.’

The result of buying into this routine will be as it always has been – folks will be used, then ignored after the election. 

Compromising on core principles has never resulted in a good or righteous outcome.  (Think back through your own life – when did compromising on a value or a Godly principle ever net a good result?  What righteous cause in history was ever won by giving up on a core principle, such as the right to life, liberty and property?  What people ever became free because they made a deal with the king?)

If the Oklahoma grassroots groups, who have grown in number and who are right on the issues, compromise their positions for a politician’s promise, their movement will regress and they will once more become meaningless, inconsequential, and to be ignored.

Packaging a candidate?  

Read a little bit recently about the election of Jimmy Carter, the insider who was marketed as an outsider by the political machine, and who was described by one ardent supporter thusly, “He’s a conservative to conservatives, a moderate to moderates, a liberal to liberals.  Jimmy Carter has believability!”  He was packaged and sold to the public by a political machine who knew what the public wanted to hear and see.

But inside the packaging was the real Jimmy Carter and his 4 years in office (1977-1981) proved disastrous.

The political machinery, in order to grab that 46% voting block, will begin marketing Mary Fallin as a constitutional conservative to the constitutionalists, as a tea party candidate to the tea partiers, and as limited-government to the limited-government camps.  Expect to hear and see quotes from the Founding Fathers, Declaration of Independence, etc.

This package will be as genuine as Jimmy Carter.  As Bush and Obama, and all the other fictionalized political characters out there.  And the public will buy it. 



  1. Thank you Amanda! We must be morally consistent! If not, then what sets us apart? I will not forget that Fallin voted for the bailout and continues to lie about it. I will never legitimize the looting of Americans by off shore banks. Trillions in debt was placed on the backs of future generations so private banks could buy out their competition to further consolidate their monopoly. Fallin sees us as cash cows to be milked for her friends. This is not about left vs. right … it is about tyranny vs. Liberty. With that in mind, the establishment republicans are every bit as bad as the democrats. Seriously … the last republican administration destroyed the bill of rights! Do not forget that. Then we were told that if we just get republicans in State office everything will be better. Well it is not better! It is just more of the same … more spending, more government, more corruption, more loss of Liberty … now with an (R) instead of a (D).

    We have to look past the false left right paradigm that is the divide and conquer method used to rob us. Voting for a party does nothing to restore our Republic … it only approves of the incremental slide into tyranny. Voting for a party is like saying that you are ok with the destruction of American, just do it slower then those other guys!

    We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere.

    Comment by James — August 4, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  2. I for one will not vote For the Demorat Jari Askins not will I vote for the RINO Mary Fallin. This particular General election is only garnering more lies and half-truths by the established political machine. Even today Mary Fallin is hounding Randy Brogdon for his support! :-(( Were it me I would tell her where to put her demands for support. Once again we are forced to choose between poor and poorer in choices for Governor Of Oklahoma! My personal choice is to vote for neither!

    Comment by Mike — August 4, 2010 @ 11:27 am

  3. I agree with most all of your post. But in the end, I’m not sure if you are encouraging Republicans to not vote in November because Mary Fallin is the GOP choice? I plugged for Randy, I voted for Randy. But Mrs. Fallin garnered the votes to win the Primary, and now I will get behind her and my party. I think that with a Republican legislature and a Republican Governor, we can accomplish many good things for the great State of Oklahoma.

    Comment by Oklahoma Online — August 4, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    • You voted for Brogdon over Fallin. Mrs. Fallin is the same Mrs. Fallin she was on July 27th. She hasn’t changed. Why vote for her now?

      Comment by John — August 5, 2010 @ 5:06 am

      • I voted my preference in the Primary. The preference of the combined party members turned out to be Mary Fallin. That’s how it works in Oklahoma. Those who held their nose and voted for McCain in 2008 (me included) have no right to question those who will hold their nose and now vote for Fallin. If a significant number of Brogdon supporters now want to take their ball and go home because it didn’t go their way, they will be responsible for the Democrat candidate winning the Governor’s race. There are a few issues I have with Mrs’ Fallin myself, but better to work with her in office than to try working with a far more liberal Democrat.

        Comment by Oklahoma Online — August 5, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  4. SPOT ON with this post. Sharing!

    Jane, I disagree with you. Protesting in any form is not getting the job done. We have to figure out why we are not getting the message across to the electorate.

    I can say the “it’s not working” with some experience; I have a tea party group in NE. Tea party groups are protest groups, at least to start with. What has the movement accomplished? (Besides having been at least 75% co-opted by the GOP?) Few legislative measures have been blocked and only those on a local level and bailout voter incumbents are moving through primaries across the country.

    Comment by Stubborn_Facts — August 3, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    • Continuing education is obviously necessary – the electorate is still generally unaware of the challenges this country is facing and don’t appreciate the fact that continuing to support the establishment candidates will only hurt this country further. While talking to folks during this election cycle it became painfully clear that the ‘mushy middle’ literally has no clue as to what is happening in this country, even though the destruction is taking place right before their eyes. It is reported that 90,000 Oklahoman’s called their Congressmen, objecting to the bailout bill (4 of the 5 voted Yes); yet those very same Congressmen are likely being put back into office. (i.e. primary winners Sullivan, Boren, Cole) and one of them (Fallin) may even be rewarded with the Governor’s office.
      Until the grassroots, and the mushy middle, grows a spine and votes NO at the ballot box, nothing will change.

      Comment by Amanda — August 4, 2010 @ 3:03 am

  5. In the future, we need a 3rd party candidate. A straw man who would not necessarily campaign in the primary, but offer us a voting option for the governor and senators. Then when we have no voting options in the major parties, (a choice between fowler and fowler) we can at least have the option of flexing our muscle with a block protest vote.

    Comment by Jane Mullholland — August 3, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    • Actually Jane is correct. If we had and independent running in Oklahoma right now that was just like Randy Brogdon, 30% of the vote would go to that person right off the bat making a third party candidate very viable. If we had thought about this, it would of been in place.

      Comment by David — August 4, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

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